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Build a Better World - Summer Reading 2017

Program Schedule and Descriptions

A note from Library Director, Melody Sky Eisler

When I was a kid, I loved the Book It! reading program. After reading a certain number of books (a star sticker stuck to a pin marked each book I read), I earned a personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut. The thrill of being rewarded for reading still fills me with joyful memories. I did not participate in sports, so for this little bookworm, getting a reward for reading was the best gift ever. I know many who think reading is its own reward, and of course it is, yet even as an adult, I still get excited about earning prizes for something I love to do.

Last summer, the library expanded our Summer Reading program: We included adults who, just like kids and teens, kept track of the number of hours they spent reading. For kids and teens, we know that reading for as little as ten hours in the summer helps prevent the dreaded “summer slide.” For our 2016 Summer Read program, we set an ambitious goal to see if participants could read at least 10,000 hours. Our community triumphantly surpassed that goal by reading more than 13,000 hours! What enchanted me the most last summer was the delight I saw from our adult participants—some of whom read over 200 hours.

As librarians, we want you to spend the summer reading for pleasure and reading what you love. After all, the joy of reading whatever you want is part of what makes summer reading special. So this summer, just like last summer, kids and teens who read 10 hours will receive a free book; after 50 hours, they will get a T-shirt designed by local artist Annalisa Barelli. And adults who read 100 hours will get that T-shirt too.

We are planning an exciting 2017 Summer Reading program, structured around the theme Build a Better World, with fun activities for the whole family and patrons of all ages. We are again setting a 10,000-hour goal, and we urge everyone to sign up for the fun. What could be better than reading for pleasure and earning a beautiful T-shirt—which will last a lot longer than a personal pan pizza? I smile every time I see a patron wearing last summer’s T-shirt because it is an emblem of the love of reading. This year’s Summer Read runs from June 20 through August 11, 2017. Happy reading!

Programs and Events!

Summer Reading Kickoff: Tuesday, June 20, 2:00-6:00 pm
Join us for our Summer Reading opening event! Sign up for Summer Reading, decorate the sidewalk with chalk drawings, enjoy yummy snacks and live music, make a flower-seed bomb, and settle in for stories with local storyteller Aimee Ringle. It’s going to be a great summer!

El Deafo stage performance with Book-It Repertory Theatre: Thursday, June 22, 4:00 pm at the Cotton Building
Join us for a live theatre performance of the popular and poignant graphic novel, El Deafo, performed by Seattle-based, Book-It Repertory Theatre.  In her 2015 Newberry Award winning book, El Deafo, Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid.  This is a not-to-be-missed family event for ages 6 and up.

Mondays with Melody: Read, Chat, and Snack: Mondays, June 26, July 10 & 24, August 7, 2:00-2:45 pm
Do your “big kids” miss going to storytime?  Mondays with Melody is a storytime program geared for kids ages 6–10, featuring longer picture books about fairness, courage, and dreams, followed by conversation and a healthy snack.  Join Director Melody Sky Eisler for this special program!

Teen iMovie Workshop with Michael McCurdy: Tuesday, June 27, 2:00–4:00 pm
Teens will work hands-on to experience the filmmaking process in this  workshop led by local filmmaker Michael McCurdy. The class will cover important topics such as writing, storyboarding, cinematography, and editing to give students the skills and confidence to make films on their own. Equipment provided. Registration required. For ages 12-17.

Legos at the Library: Thursdays, June 29, July 20, and August 3,
2:00-3:30 pm
Kids will be presented with a Lego design challenge and will use their creativity and engineering skills to find solutions.  The resulting Lego creations will be displayed in the library until the following session. Come get your Legos on! For ages 7-11.

Pollinators at the Library, with Erin Yeakel: Thursday, July 6, 2:00-3:30 pm
Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, oh my! Join Garden Educator, Erin Yeakel and learn about the big role these little creatures play in the food cycle. Kids will add pollinator plants to the existing Library garden, enjoy stories and games, release live butterflies, and bring the pollination home with a plant start for their home gardens! This is an all-ages family program.
Despicable Me: Friday, July 7, 6:00-8:00 pm
What could be better than watching the original Despicable Me on the big screen while munching on popcorn!  Watch as criminal mastermind, Gru, uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, but finds that their love is changing him for the better. Please join us for this fun family event upstairs at the library. Minions welcome! All ages.

Sewing and Upcycling for Teens with Sidonie Maroon: Tuesday, July 11, 2:00-4:00 pm
Join Arts Educator, Sidonie Maroon, and make a Boho Bag! Teens will design a unique pattern, hand sew, and learn to use a sewing machine to create a boho gift bag using recycled fabrics. Learn a valuable skill, reuse unwanted cloth and clothing, and learn how to create accessories and clothing for free! All equipment and materials provided. *The library has two sewing machines available for checkout for future sewing endeavors! Registration required. For ages 12-17.

Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue: Wednesday, July 12, 2:00-3:00 pm
Come meet some amazing people and birds! Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue provides the care and treatment of native wild birds that have been orphaned or injured and need to be rehabilitated for the purpose of release back to the wild. Don’t miss this special opportunity to observe raptors and other bird species, live, at the library. This is a family program for all ages.

Sewing and Upcycling for Kids with Sidonie Maroon: Thursday, July 13, 2:00-4:00 pm
Join Arts Educator, Sidonie Maroon and make a Boho Bag! Kids will design a unique pattern, hand sew, and learn to use a sewing machine to create a boho gift bag using recycled fabrics. Learn a valuable skill, reuse unwanted cloth and clothing, and learn how to create accessories and clothing for free! All equipment and materials provided. *The library has two sewing machines available for checkout for future sewing endeavors! Registration required.For ages 7-11.

Alley Cat Bike Adventure for Teens: Tuesday, July 18, 2:00 pm
Made famous by big city bike messengers, the Alley Cat is a scavenger hunt on bikes! Follow clues to various checkpoints throughout Port Townsend and demonstrate your skills while navigating the streets, alleyways, and trails of PT! Prizes will be awarded to every participant. Helmets required! Registration and waiver required, download waiver here. For teens ages 12-17.

Fort Night at the Library: Friday, July 21, 6:00-7:30 pm
Join librarian Jeanne for a fun evening of fort building after hours at the library. Kids will construct forts using a variety of materials. Flashlights, snacks, and adventure guaranteed! Registration required with a limit of 15 kids. For ages 7-11.

Hypercollage! Teen Art Program with Counsel Langley: Tuesday, July 25, 2:00-4:00 pm
Collage enables you to take what is on hand and use it in an unexpected way, giving it new meaning. Whether for artwork, gifts, cards, presentations, communication of your ideas, or fun, collage skills can help you make powerful images. Join local artist Counsel Langley for this hands-on workshop in which she'll be sharing many of the unique collage techniques she has developed over the past ten years and uses in her own work. For teens ages 12-17.

STEAM Workshop with Jen Kingfisher: Wednesday, July 26, 2:00-4:00 pm
In this STEAM workshop, kids will combine art and technology to create electric crafts! Kids can build circuits, engineer mobiles, create light-up wearable art, and more! Registration required. For kids ages 8-14.

Build a Fairy or Gnome House: Thursday, July 27, 2:00-3:30 pm
Build your own magical Fairie or Gnome house to bring home. Help decorate the library Gnome house in the shade garden beside the library with jewels, shells, pinecones, and other treasures. For ages 6 and up.

Nature Walk at Fort Worden with Local Naturalist, Nicole Larson: Wednesday, August 2, 2:00-4:00 pm
Join naturalist, Nicole Larson, for an intimate look at our local landscape. Nicole will interpret the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the Fort Worden woods and fields. This program will meet at the west entrance of the Ft. Worden woods (turn left at first stop sign once inside the park), and involves hiking up to 2 miles. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring water and snacks. For parents and kids ages 6 and up. Kids 8 and up may attend without parents.

The Princess Bride: Friday, August 4, 7:00-9:00 pm
Teens are invited to view this classic film from 1987. The Princess Bride is an American romantic fantasy/adventure/comedy film that  tells the story of a farmhand named Westley, who, befriended by companions along the way, must rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odious Prince Humperdinck. Enjoy this cult classic while munching on gourmet popcorn! For teens ages 12-17.

Family Yoga Workshop with Molly French: Wednesday, August 9, 11:00-11:45 am
Join yoga instructor Molly French and learn yoga basics for the whole family. All ages. ​

End of Summer Reading Party: Friday, August 11, 2:00-3:30 pm
Play games, enjoy watermelon and popsicles, hang out with friends and library staff, and celebrate your reading accomplishments on the library lawn. All ages are invited to attend.

A special thank you to the Friends of the Port Townsend Library for helping make summer reading possible!