Summer is just around the corner, and we're gearing up for our annual Summer Reading Club! We have many exciting programs to attend and activities to complete, keeping kids and teens engaged and active all summer long.
Over the summer, students risk losing some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. Participating in Summer Reading helps maintain reading skills and helps kids and teens stay motivated to learn. We also have an early literacy component of our program to engage babies, toddlers, and preschoolers and help get them ready to read.
And Summer Reading isn't just for kids. We're offering programs that are fun for the whole family, as well as programs for adults. By participating in the Summer Reading Club, children, teens, and adults can also enter to win a $30 Amazon gift certificate!
Summer fun at the library begins on Saturday, June 25 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. when the library hosts our Summer Reading Kickoff. Come sign up for our Summer Reading Program and get a coupon for a free ice cream cone, courtesy of Stewart's Shops! Can't make it to the kickoff? Registration is open all summer long!
We hope you will join us for a summer full of fun and learning! See below for a full list of this month's classes, events, and take-home kits.
Come play bridge with us! Geared toward beginners and players who need a refresher.
Saturday, June 18, 10:00 a.m.
We have lots of craft supplies – bring your imagination and make something awesome! All ages.
Summer Teen Volunteer Sign-Up
Thursday, June 23, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Ages 12 and up can volunteer. If you can’t stop in today, that’s okay! Email email@example.com or call 518-732-0879 for an application.
Summer Reading Kickoff
Saturday, June 25, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
School is out and Summer Reading is in! Stop by to sign up for our Summer Reading Club and pick up a coupon for a free Stewart’s ice cream cone! Can’t come today? You can sign up for our SRC all summer long!
Monday, June 27, 6:00 p.m.
Meet live tortoises, lizards, and snakes! Participants will get the opportunity to touch and hold some animals, and they’ll be able to watch animals eat fruit & eggs. We’ll also discuss ecology, adaptations, and invasive species. Funding for this event provided by Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Program.
Teen Time: Sharpie Tie-Dye
Tuesday, June 28, 4:00 p.m.
Simple, fun tie-dyeing using Sharpies! Bring a t-shirt or other item. For teens going into 6th-12th grades in the fall.
Cool Science: Fireworks in a Jar
Wednesday, June 29, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Make colorful "fireworks" in a jar using food coloring and learn about density and polarity!
Thursday, June 30, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Get ready for the 4th of July with some fun crafts to celebrate and decorate your home!
Perler Bead Crafts
Friday, July 1, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Come make something awesome out of perler beads!
Chalk the Walk
Saturday, July 2, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Make our sidewalk colorful using sidewalk chalk!
Digital Library Resources
Check Out Our Virtual Storytime Episodes
Did you know that we have a playlist of Virtual Storytime episodes that you can watch anytime? All episodes are created by Miss Joelle, our Youth Services Librarian.
Enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes with us, on your schedule!
Did you know that we loan WiFi hotspots? They can be borrowed for 14 days -- all you need is your library card! Hotspots are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can only be checked out and returned at CPL. Call 518-732-0879 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
WiFi Inside & Outside Our Building
Our WiFi is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can access the public WiFi on the front lawn, or alongside the building on Stimpson Avenue (the signal is strongest near the front of the building). Just look for the network called "Castleton Public Library." There's no password to connect!