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Dream Big: READ! @ your library this summer!

by Tonia Burton

The librarians in the Monroe County Library System is counting down the days until school is out. Why? It’s the most wonderful time of the year for children’s and young adult librarians!  We have been busy planning great programs...like Tops Cooking schools, The Mobile Dome Planetarium, or the Omnipresent Puppet Theatre.  

For a listing of our programs visit www.libraryweb.org.

More than just great summer programming at the library!

Of course,there is more to summer than just our programs! Monroe County Libraries are famous for our great FREE books! We have funny books, mystery books, scary books, books about how to juggle or garden, books about cooking. You name it--and one of the 33 public libraries in Monroe County will have it!

Helping kids read more in the summer

Have kids who don’t love reading? It’s not just our job to find every child a book to enjoy, it’s our passion! Because most school libraries are not open in the summer, your local library is prepared to assist you and your children in finding great books to read.

We also have some great incentives to get kids to read even more! This year, children who register at their local library may be entered to family four packs of tickets to: Genesee Country Village, Seneca Park Zoo, Rochester Museum & Science Center; free book and more.

Tips for parents

We know that’s not always easy getting your children to read. Here are some things that may help:

1. Let your child pick out the book. It sounds simple, but it’s true. Nobody wants to be told what to read.

2. Read with your children. Read at the same time, if possible or read a book together. Talk about what you are each reading.

3. Seek the help of a children’s librarian for book suggestions.

Central Library Children’s Center

115 South Avenue, Rochester, 585-428-8150

‘Dream Big’ Read!: June 25 -August 6
Registration begins June 25.
Ages 2 - 12
Read and enter to win books!

Magic, Madness, and Mayhem: Comedy and Magic with Sky Sands: Thursday, July 12, 2:30 – 3:30pm
All ages

Traveling Campfire: Tuesday July 17, 10:00-11:00am
Ages 8-12

Omnipresent Puppet Theater presents… Sleeping Beauty
Thursday, July 26, 2:00 – 3:00pm
All ages

The Sky Tonight: the Mobile Dome Planetarium: Tuesday, July 31, 10:00-11:00am
All ages

Beach Party with Tops Cooking School: Tuesday, August 7, 2:30 – 3:30pm
All ages

Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies: Different Movie each week!
Wednesdays, July 11–August 29, 2:30 – end of movie
All ages.

July 11: Scooby Doo – Music of the Vampire
July 18: Tangled
July 29: Hugo
August 1: Puss in Boots
August 8: Adventures of Tintin
August 15: The Muppets
August 22: How to Train your Dragon
August 29: Happy Feet 2

End of Summer Reading Party: Thursday, August 16, 5:30–7:00pm
All ages, No registration required.

Arnett Branch Library

310 Arnett Boulevard, Rochester, 585-428-8214

Drawing with Chris Pallace: Wednesday, June 27, 4:00-5:00pm
Ages: 12 and under

Traveling Campfire: Wednesday, July 11, 4:00-5:00pm
Ages: 12 and under

Dream on Puppet Show: Wednesday, July 25, 4:00-5:00pm
Ages: 12 and under

Storybook Cooking: Wednesday, August 1, 4:00-5:00pm
Ages: 12 and under

Scrap Art: Wednesday, August 8, 4:00-5:00pm
Ages: 12 and under

Summer Reading Wrap up Party: Friday, August 17, 3:00-4:30pm
Ages: 12 and under
(Registration in Arnett’s summer reading program required.)

(More info to come for the other libraries!)

Tonia Burton is the Children’s Services Consultant for the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County.