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The Woodland Public Library will be kicking off its summer reading program this weekend at a free family event from 1-3 in the library courtyard and Leake Room. The event features the amazing duo, Circus of Smiles, performing at 1:30 PM, and families can also register for the program, play games with Rec2Go, enjoy button making, and face painting. Space is limited to room capacity for the show, and all ages are welcome. This is also a great opportunity to take a peek at the library’s makerspace, Square One.
This year the theme of the summer reading program is Summer at the Library: Read, Make, Explore. The goal is to have all participants read at least five books this summer, which will help kids prevent the Summer Slide where they lose ground gained in school over the year. Take advantage of Square One where the community is invited to create things over the summer at weekly programs for adults, teens, and kids. Lastly, embrace new experiences, adventures, and learning over the summer by exploring the library’s offerings, the Woodland community, and beyond. There is a program for every age!
There are prizes and end-of-summer raffles as well as a drawstring bag for everyone who reads five books. Earned prizes can be picked up starting on June 17th and will be available until August 16th. Raffle winnings must be claimed by August 23rd. Details are available on the library’s website, at the library, or on Beanstack, the online reading program site where you can register for the program at wpl.beanstack.org. Stop by the library for a paper log, or use Beanstack to track your activities and books and earn badges. Kids ages 4-11 can choose to log minutes instead of books if they use Beanstack for logging.
Summer at the Library runs from June 1st to August 2nd and features many great programs and events for the whole family. Starting on Monday, June 10th kids ages 18 and under can enjoy free summer lunch, courtesy of WJUSD, at the library which runs Monday through Friday from 12-12:30 on the library lawn. Library director Greta Galindo says, “This lunch partnership allows us to support children nutritionally as well as academically during summer when school services are not available. This year we are also benefitting from a Lunch at the Library grant through the State Library to add more activities around lunchtime.” Lunches must be eaten on site, and families are encouraged to bring a blanket to enjoy under the trees on the lawn. Kids who read or listen to a story read by a library TAB teen volunteer will get a popsicle for dessert. There will be lawn activities available as well, so families can entertain themselves after lunch and before other library programs.
After-lunch programming for kids includes special events and performers on Tuesdays at 1 PM in the Leake Room, Lego Club from 1-3 on Wednesdays in the children’s room, and Make and Explore Thursdays from 1-2 PM in Square One, our library’s makerspace. We have a bubble show, a Secrets of Magic show, an improvisational Adventure Beneath the Sea, a science magic show, the Travelling Reptile Show, and a show by Musical Robot as well as special hands-on programs with the Theater and Dance Annex and Kuk Sool Won on Tuesdays. On Make and Explore Thursdays kids can come and try out coding with computers or Dash and Dot robots, make the featured weekly project, try out Tapigami, the button maker, and other fun activity stations in Square One. We will have projects including making a trebuchet, a solar car, an LED flashlight, slime, our annual summer egg drop challenge, and more. Activities are geared to 5-12 year old kids and space is limited,
For families who are free in the evenings we will have Family Paint time in the Leake Room on Mondays from 5-6 PM and Family Yoga in the Leake Room on Tuesdays from 5-6 PM. Families can explore painting together using stickers and other tools. There are a number of mats available for yoga and all ages are welcome. Both programs are free and have limited space.
Our storytimes resume on Tuesday, June 11th with six storytimes a week. On Saturdays the family storytime is at the Farmer’s Market at 10:30 AM, and there is a free kids’ market a few Saturdays a month where children get free market bucks to purchase produce. Saturdays also feature a second Lego Club in the children’s room from 12-2 PM.
Teens and adults are encouraged to come to Square One to make things at weekly programs. Adults can come to Maker Mondays from 4:30-5:30 and make a different project every week.
Teens are invited to Teen Hangouts every Wednesday in June and July from 1-3 in Square One and the Leake Room, where they can make fun projects, play video games, paint, and just hang out. Teen Hangouts start Wednesday, June 12 with a special event called Mad City Money in partnership with Travis Credit Union. Mad City Money is a free financial boot camp for young adults 14-24 to learn about the basics of saving, budgeting and credit scores through interactive simulation. Registration required at www.traviscu.org/mcm. Afterwards, there will many different themed activities for the Teen Hangouts including an 80’s Costume Party and a Water Games Tournament. A complete schedule of activities can be found on the library’s website. We also have our Teen Book Club every other Tuesday: June 4, 18 and July 2, 16, 30 from 5:30-6:30 in the Teen Area of the library. The Teen Advisory Board is hosting its’ Second Annual LGBTQIA+ Pride Festival on Friday, June 21 from 1-3 PM in Square One and the Courtyard where there will be free food, crafts and activities to help spread love!
Anyone wanting more makerspace fun can come to a free Basic Use and Safety (BUS) class to learn how to use a specific piece of equipment. More information is available on our website at www.cityofwoodland.org/library , including details about our ongoing events like Chess Club, Sticks in the Stacks, Lego Engineering Club and our book clubs.
The library encourages everyone to spend Summer at the Library taking advantage of our amazing free events, programs, and offerings. Come spend your summer reading, making, and exploring!