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 $25 Amazon gift certificate!
Summer fun at the library begins on Saturday, June 24 from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 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.
Feel free to wear your pajamas or bring a stuffed animal friend to this evening storytime! Ages birth-8.
Learn & Play Storytime
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.
Children from birth to age 5 are invited to enjoy stories, rhymes, music, and movement while building their early literacy and motor skills!
Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.
Come play bridge with us! Geared toward beginners and players who need a refresher.
Our Take-Home Kits
Take & Make Craft Kit: Paper Bag Puppets
Pick up anytime from Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, June 23.
Get creative and make puppets using paper bags and construction paper with this take-home kit.
Take & Make Craft Kit: Patriotic Crafts
Pick up anytime from Saturday, June 24 through Saturday, July 1.
Get ready for the 4th of July with some fun crafts to celebrate and decorate your home!
Our Other Events
June StoryWalk: Chirp
Location: Schodack Island State Park, 1 Schodack Island Way, Schodack Landing, NY 12156.
The StoryWalk begins near the playground and is available anytime!
Enjoy a StoryWalk with your family! Chirp by Mary Murphy will be up all month long. We change the StoryWalk book each month.
Saturday, June 3, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Drop in to make your own homemade kaleidoscope! All ages welcome.
After Dinner Book Club - Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian
Monday, June 5, 7:00 p.m.
Join us the first Monday of each month for a book discussion! Books available at the front desk. This month we are reading Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian.
Turtle Story and Craft at Schodack Island State Park
Friday, June 9, 4:00 pm.
Location: Riverview Pavilion, Schodack Island State Park, 1 Schodack Island Way, Schodack Landing, NY 12156
Join an educator from the park and staff from the library to learn all about turtles! We'll read a short story
about turtles, create a turtle craft, and be able to touch turtle shells and skull replicas! Age range 2-12. Pre-registration required - call 518-732-0187.
Father's Day Crafts
Friday, June 16, 2:00-6:00 p.m.
Stop in to make a special craft for Dad, Grandpa, or another special “Dad” in your life!
CPL Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, June 20, 7:00 p.m.
Monthly meeting of the library's Board of Trustees. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
Afternoon Book Club - A Most Remarkable Creature by Jonathan Meiburg
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!