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Summer Reading 2016

Program Schedule and Descriptions
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Summer reading is more than just fun - reading in the summer powers learning all year long! We know that kids who participate in library summer reading programs return to school more prepared, more motivated, and with better reading skills than those who didn't. And the great thing is, when kids read their favorite books - graphic novels, nonfiction about topics of interest, whatever they like best - they actually improve their reading skills faster!

And reading is even better when it's shared. Adults who read not only make great role models for kids, but also learn new things, reduce stress, and keep their brains healthy and active. Summer reading is for everyone!Shirt Graphic

The Port Townsend Public Library summer reading program offers lots of fun as well as great finishers' prizes to show off your accomplishment. Kids and teens get a book to keep when they finish 10 hours of reading. Teens get a food coupon after 20 hours. After 50 hours, kids and teens get a great summer reading
t-shirt with art by Jesse Watson. Adults get a t-shirt when they reach 100 hours. And everyone gets one entry to a drawing for a Quimper Mercantile gift card for every 10 hours they read.

We hope that you participate in summer reading and make this a powerful summer in Port Townsend!

Summer Reading Kick off
Monday, June 20, 2-6 pm            
Join us for our Summer Reading Program open house with storytellers and musicians! Sign up for Summer Reading, enjoy live old-timey music from local musicians throughout the day, sample yummy snacks, make your own laurel crown, and share your coloring skills on our community coloring pages.

Percy Jackson Read-Aloud with local legend Michelle Sandoval (ages 7 and up)
Tuesday, June 21, 2:00-3:00 pm
Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief weekly read-aloud with local legends appearing as guest readers!              

Marshmarchery (ages 9 and up)
Wednesday, June 22, Pink House, 2:00–3:30        
Make your own marshmallow blowgun and use it in an amazing archery obstacle course!

Code Weekend (all ages)
Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June26, Pink House, 1:00-3:00 pm
Come learn computer programming with volunteers from the West Sound Technology Association!

Teen Stop-Motion Animation (ages 13-17)
Monday, June 27, Pink House, 2:00–3:30
Teens use iMovie and the library iPads to create stop-motion animation.  Learn how to set up a story line and bring a story to life in film.         

Percy Jackson Read-Aloud with local legend Marc Weinblatt (ages 7 and up)      
Tuesday, June 28, 2:00-3:00 pm

Kids’ Stop Motion Animation (ages 9 and up)
Wednesday, June 29, 2:00-3:30 
Kids use iMovie and iPads to create their own amazing stop-motion movie trailers! We’ll have stuff to use, but you can also bring your own action figures, toys, or art.  

Greek Mythology & Craft:  Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece (ages 6 to 11)
Thursday, June 30, 2:00-4:00 pm
Explore Greek Mythology and discover the Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece. Decorate a shield with the symbol of your favorite god or goddess!

Percy Jackson Read-Aloud with local legend Jeanette Force (ages 7 and up)        
Tuesday, July 5, 2:00-3:00 pm

Screen Printing (ages 9 and up)              
Wednesday, July 6, Pink House, 2:00-3:30 pm
Are your t-shirts boring?  Bring a blank t-shirt and use two different techniques to print your own designs.            

Gaming for Teens (ages 11 and up)       

Monday, July 11, Library Teen Alcove 2:00-3:30 pm
Come play and learn role playing games such as Magic the Gathering. Cards and snacks provided. 

Percy Jackson Read-Aloud with local legend Crystie Kisler (ages 7 and up)           
Tuesday, July 12, 2:00-3:00 pm

Tae Kwon Do demonstration and workshop with Master Na of Olympic Tae Kwon Do (all ages)
Wednesday, July 13, Library Lawn 2:00-3:00 pm
Join us for a Tae Kwon Do demonstration with Master Na and his students.  Master Na, of Olympic Tae Kwon Do, will share insights into the art and sport of Tae Kwon Do.  Audience members will be invited to participate, and everyone will have an opportunity to break a board!           

Greek Mythology and Craft: Monsters and other Mythological Creatures (ages 6 to 11)
Thursday, July 14, 2:00-4:00        
Medusa, Pegasus, Cerberus, and Phoenix are a few of the monsters and creatures of Greek Mythology that we will explore.  Participants will decorate a terra cotta plate using traditional Greek design concepts.   

Code Weekend (all ages)           
Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, Pink House, 1:00-3:00

Bike Repair for Teens (ages 12-17)
Monday, July 18, Recyclery (1925 Blaine St.), 2:00-4:00 pm          
Learn how to fix a flat and other roadside bicycle repairs from the staff at the Recyclery.

Percy Jackson Read-Aloud with local legend Heather Dudley-Nolette (ages 7 and up)    Tuesday, July 19, 2:00-3:00 pm

Healthy Cooking with Chef Arran Stark (ages 6-10)         
Wednesday, July 20, Port Townsend Community Center, 2:00-3:30 pm
Learn from a master!  Chef Arran Stark will teach us about preparing and eating healthy and yummy foods.  Join us for this hands-on cooking experience!          

Global Heat (all ages)  
Thursday, July 21, Pope Marine Building, 2:00-3:00 pm
This Seattle-based hip-hop group will thrill you with their performance and help you create your own rhyming masterpiece!    

Pick up a copy of Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell for Teen Book Discussion
Books available starting Friday, July 22th.  Discussion will take place August 15 in the Library Teen Alcove

Basic Jewelry Making for Teens (ages 12 and up)            
Monday, July 25, Pink House 2:00-3:00pm
Learn how to design and make earrings, necklaces and other beading projects. Registration required, class limited to 12.         

Percy Jackson Read-Aloud with local legend Rocky Friedman (ages 7 and up)     
Tuesday, July 26, 2:00-3:00 pm

Healthy Cooking with Chef Arran Stark (ages 10 and up)              
July 27, Port Townsend Community Center, 2:00-3:30 pm

Greek Mythology & Craft: Amazing Mortals of Ancient Greece (ages 6 to 11)
Thursday, July 28, 2:00-3:30 pm
Hercules, Icarus, and Arachne.  These are a few of the amazing mortals of Ancient Greece that we will read about. Participants will decorate their own Pandora’s box using a variety of collage materials.    

Introduction to Screen Printing for Teens (ages 13 and up)         
August 1, Pink House, 2:00-3:30pm
Get an overview of the art of screen printing from local artist, Mike Tapogna. Come home with your very own print. Check out Mike’s skateboard designs here. Registration required.

Percy Jackson Read-Aloud with local legend Patrick Jennings (ages 7 and up)     
Tuesday, August 2, 2-3 pm

Robotics Camp (ages 9-14)        
August 2, 3, 4, Pink House, 3:00-4:45 pm
Kids interested in being on the FLL robotics team learn programming and building at this free camp. Space is limited and registration is required. Call the library at 385-3181 or go online to the library calendar to register.   

Sound of Music Sing-Along! (all ages, adults included!)
Friday, August 5, Carnegie Reading Room, 6:00-9:00pm
Watch The Sound of Music on the big screen, sing along to the movie, wear costumes and eat popcorn! For family and friends.

Gaming for Teens (ages 11 and up)
Monday, August 8 Library Teen Alcove, 2:00-3:30pm
Come play and learn role playing games such as Magic the Gathering. Cards provided.    

Percy Jackson Read-Aloud with local legend Melody Sky Eisler (ages 7 and up)  
Tuesday, August 9, 2:00-3:00 pm

Twisters Gymnastics Demonstration (all ages)  
Wednesday, August 10, Library Lawn, 2:00-2:45
Have you ever dreamed of being a gymnast?  Join us for a gymnastics demonstration and lesson with the coaches and students of Twisters Gym, and find out how to make your dream come true!       

Teen Book Discussion 
Monday, August 15, Library Teen Alcove, 2:00-3:00 pm  
Discuss the fabulous book, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell and eat snacks. "Eleanor and Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.” – John Green

Pool Party (All ages)    
Monday, August 15, Mountain View Pool, 2:00-4:00 pm
Bring your reading log to this party! It’s your admission to enjoy free swimming and games at the pool.   

Percy Jackson Read-Aloud with local legend Keith Apgar (ages 7 and up)              
Tuesday, August 16, 2:00-3:00 pm

Library Programs at the Jefferson County Fair (all ages)
August 12, 13, 14, Jefferson County Fair Grounds (check fair schedule for times)
Meet the library staff at the fair and enjoy crafts like LEGO building, cupcake decorating, and duct tape wallets.            

End of Summer Reading Party at Chetzemoka! (all ages)
Friday, August 19, Chetzemoka Park, 2:00-4:00 pm
Join us for our End of Summer Reading Party! Dress up as your favorite Greek god, goddess, hero, or monster!  Play games, enjoy watermelon, create giant bubbles, and receive a gold medal for your reading accomplishments!