Summer at the Woodland Public Library runs from June 1 to July 31 and features many great programs and events for the whole family.
The Library will kick off its summer reading program on Saturday, June 10 from 10 to 12 PM at a free family event on the front lawn. The Summer Reading Kickoff will feature a Pixie Tribe bubble party at 10 AM along with Rec2Go. Families will have an opportunity to register for our summer program and receive a free treat from the Kona Ice truck, play games with Rec2Go, meet costumed characters, and enjoy our pop-up library. All ages are welcome.
This year’s summer reading program theme is Get Outside with the Woodland Public Library: Read, Make, Explore.
- Read – We aim for all participants to read at least five books this summer, which will help kids prevent the “Summer Slide,” or losing ground gained during the school year.
- Make – Make something at a Library event, in Square One, at home, or out and about in your community.
- Explore – Lastly, embrace new experiences, adventures, and learning by exploring the Library’s offerings, the Woodland community, and beyond. There is a program for every age! This is also a great opportunity to explore the Square One Makerspace.
Prizes and end-of-summer raffle entries will be available for everyone who reads five books, makes five things, and explores five places. Earned prizes can be picked up beginning June 19 and will be available until September 30. Grand prize winnings must be claimed by September 30.
Details and registration are available at www.cityofwoodland.org/library or in person at the Library. Stop by the Library for a paper log or use our online app, Beanstack, to track your activities and books. Participants can earn badges beginning tomorrow, June 1. Kids ages four through eleven can choose to log minutes instead of books if they use Beanstack for logging.
We offer programs for every age!
Free Summer Lunch
Starting Monday, June 12, kids ages eighteen and under can enjoy free summer lunch at the Library courtesy of the Woodland Joint Unified School District. The lunch program will run Monday through Friday from 12 to 12:30 PM on the front lawn.
“This lunch partnership allows us to support children nutritionally as well as academically during summer when school services are not available,” says Library Director Greta Galindo. “This year we are also benefitting from a Lunch at the Library grant through the California 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 on the front lawn will get a free popsicle. There will be lawn activities available as well, so families can entertain themselves after lunch and before other programs.
After-lunch programming for kids includes special events with a Tween Program on Mondays, performers on Tuesdays at 1 PM in the Leake Room, Lego Club on Wednesdays from 1 to 2 PM in the children’s room, and Make and Explore on Thursdays from 1 to 2 PM in Square One. On Tuesdays, will have visits from the Bohart Museum of Entomology, Bubblemania, Kuk Sool Won, a ventriloquist show, a fun music show by Andy Z, and a presentation on Bats. On Make and Explore Thursdays, kids try a boat building challenge, making sun prints, pizza box s’mores, and more. Activities are geared to seven to twelve-year old kids and space is limited.
Each Saturday at 9 AM, the Library partners with the Woodland Farmers Market to provide a weekly Growing Readers and Veggie Eaters program. This program will feature free biweekly kids’ farmers markets where children will receive free Market Bucks to purchase produce from their own kid-sized farm stand, alternating weekly with guided hands-on food-related activities to explore local produce.
Family Storytime is held on the front lawn at 10 AM during the Farmers Market. Storytimes resume on Tuesday, June 13 with four storytimes a week.
Stay and Play
Stay and Play, a program geared towards children five and younger and their caregivers, returns June 22 for a five week session every Thursday on the front lawn from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. Each session will include snacks, an opportunity for caregivers to connect, and will emphasize the importance of play for little ones. Water play will be present.
Teens are invited to Teen Hangouts on Wednesdays in June and July from 2 to 4 PM in Square One and the Leake Room where they can make fun projects, play video games, and just hang out. Teen Hangouts start Wednesday, June 21. Themes will include an 80’s Party and a Water Party. A complete schedule of activities can be found on the library’s website.
Summer Volunteer Program
If your teen is looking for volunteer hours over the summer, they are welcome to join the Teen Summer Volunteer Program. Orientation will be held on Tuesday, June 6 from 4 to 5 PM in the Leake Room. Teens will also be able to participate in a Community Service Crafternoon every Tuesday from 2:30 to 4 PM in Square One, where they can earn volunteer hours. All things made during that time will be donated.
Annual Pride Festival
In partnership with Elevate Queer Yolo, the Library Teen Advisory Board will host its Annual LGBTQIA+ Pride Festival on Wednesday, June 14 from 2 to 4 PM in Square One and the Courtyard. Come enjoy free food, crafts, and activities to help spread love!
Square One is open 30 hours a week for anyone wanting to stretch their creativity or learn how to make something. Stop by and make a weekly project or learn a new skill. More information is available at www.cityofwoodland.org/library.
The library encourages everyone to Get Outside with the Woodland Public Library by taking advantage of our amazing free events, programs, and offerings. Come spend your summer reading, making, and exploring!