2018 Plainsboro Library Summer Reading Program2018-06-05T10:40:52+00:00

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2018 Summer Reading Program: Libraries Rock!

Welcome to summer at the Plainsboro Public Library. This year, we will be “rocking” both literally and figuratively! There are many special performances for both adults and children. Take a look inside to find out about these and many of our returning favorite programs… Don’t forget to register for the summer reading challenge — we gotta keep the community reading all summer long!

  • Registration begins 2 weeks prior to the start of each event.
  • Not all programs require registration.
  • Grade level refers to the grade your child will be entering in September, 2018.

Plainsboro Library Rock Hunt

Starting July 2, rocks from the teen rock painting program will be hidden in plain sight all throughout Plainsboro. If you find one of these rocks during the summer, bring it in to the children’s desk at the library for a small prize.

Summer Storytimes
(July-August)

No registration is necessary.

Mondays, 11am: Moving Stories
Music and movement with Miss Debra!
July 2 through August 27

Tuesdays, 11am: Lap-sit Storytime*
Stories, rhymes and finger play for the little ones, with Miss Julie!
*Ages 0 - 36 months.
July 3 through August 28

Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am: Nature Stories
Join Miss Emily at Community Park for Nature Stories and crafts.
Maps to the park will be available at the children’s desk.
July 11 through August 1

Saturdays, 11am: Family Storytime
July 7 through August 25

Egg Drop – Freestyle!

This year make an Egg Drop Capsule using any materials you like in our Freestyle Egg Drop Contest! Can your capsule survive a drop from our 3rd Floor Balcony? We will also be offering access to our new 3D printer for folks who want to use 3D printed parts, and conducting Egg Drop workshops. Rules, dates, and additional information will be posted later this Summer!


Saturday, June 23, 1pm: Libraries Rock! Summer Kick-off with Princeton School of Rock Join us as we rock and roll into our summer program with a live band from the Princeton School of Rock! Kids and teens from the school will perform your favorite rock songs old and new. So come on in and rock out!

Sunday, June 24, 2pm: Community Fusion Performance Series Chinese American Music Ensemble Listen to songs of love and passion from China and the West, dating from ancient times to the modern era, by this adult community chorus. Recommended for adults and children in grades 4 and up. Please arrive 10 minutes before showtime. Doors will close at 2pm. Seating is limited.

Monday, June 25, 3-4:30pm: CPR/First Aid 101 Come learn the basics of CPR and First Aid from Princeton Medical Center professionals. (This is not a certification class.) Ages 13-18. Registration required.

Tuesday, June 26, 6pm: Spelling Bee Part 1, K-3rd Grade Come to the Plainsboro Library to challenge your own spelling skills! You will be r-e-w-a-r-d-e-d for your accuracy! Doors close promptly at 6:05pm.

Wednesday, June 27, 1-4 pm: “Rock Hunt” Teen Rock Painting Create art and serve your community by painting rocks that will be “hidden” in plain sight all throughout Plainsboro! This is a drop-in program. Register for a reminder. Grades 6 and up. (Adults welcome too!) These rocks will be part of a summer event. See box on back page for details.

Thursday, June 28, 6pm: Spelling Bee Part 2, Grades 4-Adult Spend some of your evening testing out your spelling abilities against your neighbors! Tons of fun… don’t miss out on trying to win the t-r-o-p-h-y. Doors close promptly at 6:05pm.

Saturday, June 30, 1pm: “Carnival of the Animals” Puppet Show Based on Camille Saint-Saëns’ classic musical suite, “Carnival of the Animals”, this production will delight young people through characters like a mighty lion, a lumbering tortoise, silly monkeys and a graceful swan. Robert Rogers and his puppets bring to life this incredible musical parade of feathers, furs and fins! Please arrive at least 10 minutes before showtime. Seating is limited.

Sunday, July 1, 2-3pm: Email Etiquette for Teens 101 Learn how to communicate with adults through email using proper etiquette. Ages 13-18. Registration required.

Mondays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, at 4pm: 4th and 5th grade Summer Reading Book Club Ms. Colleen will be choosing one book from your required summer reading list for this program. Each session we will be reading aloud to each other, and then conducting group discussion. Books will be provided. Registration required. Must attend all sessions.

Sunday, July 8, 2pm: Community Fusion Performance Series Follow the Drinking Gourd: “The Power of African American Music to Inspire!” Take this musical tour of jazz, tango, blues, ragtime, and bebop jazz with pianist Diane Goldsmith and vocalists Ivan Woods and Beverly Owens. Recommended for adults and children in grades 4 and up. Please arrive 10 minutes before showtime. Doors will close at 2pm. Seating is limited.

Monday, July 9 — Friday, July 13, 9-10am: Hoop-It-Up 1 Come out to play and improve your basketball skills. Join Sharon Mitchell for a weeklong session of fun drills. Ages 6-8. Registration required. Held at Plainsboro Park on Edgemere Ave. Maps will be available at the library.

Tuesday, July 10, 1pm: Origami “Rock, Paper, Fingers” Learn beginner skills of origami with artist Allison Kwok. While all are welcome, this session will be geared towards children in grades K - 1. Children age 6 and below must have a parent or caregiver with them. No registration required.

Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, at 2pm: 2nd & 3rd Grade Summer Reading Book & Film Club Let’s practice our reading skills together in this 4-session program while we read aloud one of your required summer titles. When finished, we will be watching a comparable film and discussing similarities/differences. Registration required. Must attend all 4 sessions.

Wednesday, July 11, 6:30pm: Bollywood Dance Instruction Join Sheena Kothary to learn some basic Bollywood dance moves. Ages 16 and up. Registration required. This will be followed by a performance by Sheena and friends, showing a mix of styles such as Bhangra and Raas, which is open to all.

Thursday, July 12, 11am: Little Rhythms A fun, interactive way to expose young children to music. Designed for toddlers to Kindergartners, Little Rhythms will introduce your child to a variety of instruments, music genres, music theory, and, of course, silly songs — all using stories, pictures, movement and games! Ages 2-5. Since space is limited, we will be handing out tickets at the children’s desk starting at 10:30 am before the class.

Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26, and August 2, 1:30-2:30: Improvmania Too Join Miss Emily for an hour of creative drama. Each week we will read a book and then we will act it out! This year, all stories will have a common theme of MUSIC! Participants may sign up for one week or all four! Ages 6-8. Registration required.

Thursday, July 12, 3:30-4:30pm: Make Your Own Rock Candy Join us in a science experiment to create your own rock candy! Color and flavor the candy to your liking, take it home, and watch it grow! Grades 5-8. Registration required.

Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26, and August 2, 4:30-5:30pm: Improvmania Join Miss Emily for an hour of improvisation! This class is a four-week series. Participants should plan to attend all four weeks. Ages 9-12. Registration required.

Saturday, July 14, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm sessions: Philadelphia Zoo on Wheels Take a safari around the world and meet animals from four different continents! Designed for children ages 5-10, this interactive program engages the audience with live animals, role play, songs, and touchable bio-facts. Registration is required and limited to one session. Each session is limited to 40 children.

Sunday, July 15, 2pm: Community Fusion Performance Series New Jersey Symphony Orchestra String Duet: “International Dance Party” Favorite dance melodies and folk songs from around the world. The performance will include commentary — an excellent chance to be introduced to musical concepts by esteemed members of the NJSO. All ages. Please arrive 10 minutes before showtime. Doors will close at 2pm. Seating is limited.

Monday, July 16 — Friday, July 20, 9-10am: Hoop-It-Up 2 Come out to play and improve your basketball skills. Join Sharon Mitchell for a weeklong session of fun drills. Ages 9-12. Registration required. Held at Plainsboro Park on Edgemere Ave. Maps will be available at the library.

Tuesday, July 17, 2pm: Rock Painting Paint a rock to take home or to use as a story stone. Ages 5 and up. Dress for a mess. No registration required.

Tuesday, July 17, 7pm: Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey: “Something Shakespeare This Way Comes” The Community Tour Group of this prestigious institution performs an “exciting, funny, and exuberant collage” of selected pieces from Shakespeare’s material. Recommended for adults and children in grades 6 and up. Please arrive 10 minutes before showtime. Doors will close at 7pm. Seating is limited.

Thursday, July 19, 11am: Little Rhythms Young children’s music program. See Thursday, July 12 listing for details. Ages 2-5. Since space is limited, we will be handing out tickets at the children’s desk starting at 10:30 am before the class.

Thursdays, July 19, 26, and August 2. 1:30-2:30: Improvmania Too See Thursday, July 12 listing for details. Ages 6-8. Registration required.

Friday, July 20, 1pm: Macaroni Wind Chimes Build and decorate your own soothing wind chimes with macaroni and other fun objects. Grades K - 5. Children age 6 and below must have a parent or caregiver with them. No registration required.

Sunday, July 22, 2pm: Community Fusion Performance Series 100 Strings: “Soulful Sounds of the Santoor" In this North Indian classical music recital, Deepal Chodhari, a widely acclaimed santoor player, will perform meditative ragas. She will be accompanied by Dr. Pratik Devasthale on the tabla. Recommended for adults and children in grades 4 and up. Please arrive 10 minutes before showtime. Doors will close at 2pm. Seating is limited.

Monday, July 23, 1pm: Origami “Rock, Paper, Fingers” Have fun with folding as artist Allison Kwok teaches new origami skills. While all are welcome, this session will be geared towards children in grades 2 - 3. No registration required.

Tuesday, July 24, 2pm: Mini Zen Rock Garden Create your own place for contemplation and serenity by making a miniature Zen rock garden. Decorate a box, mold a patterning sphere, construct a rake and shovel from natural materials, and bring home this meditative handicraft. All materials will be provided. 6th grade to adult. Registration required.

Thursday, July 26, 11am: Little Rhythms Young children’s music program. See Thursday, July 12 listing for details. Ages 2-5. Since space is limited, we will be handing out tickets at the children’s desk starting at 10:30 am before the class.

Thursdays, July 26, and August 2, 1:30-2:30pm: Improvmania Too See Thursday, July 12 listing for details. Ages 6-8. Registration required.

Thursday, July 26, 3:30-4:30pm: Make Your Own Finger Piano Use everyday household objects to create your own finger piano! Simple and easy to use, finger pianos are a staple for any budding musician. Grades 8-12. Registration required.

Saturday, July 28, 1pm: Caryn Lin: Bach 2 Rock “The Science of Sound” Starting with a simple Bach minuet, this program demonstrates the simplicity of the solo acoustic violin and its origins and ties it to present day technology. Caryn uses the five string electric violin and sound effects to transcend that "solo" sound by "looping" — creating sound loops live that she embellishes — playing live duos and trios with herself! All ages. Space is limited.

Tuesday, July 31, 1pm: Origami “Rock, Paper, Fingers” Using more complex methods that involve math, artist Allison Kwok teaches origami skills. This session is geared towards children in grades 4-5. No registration required.

Thursday, August 2, 11am: Little Rhythms Young children’s music program. See Thursday, July 12 listing for details. Ages 2-5. Since space is limited, we will be handing out tickets at the children’s desk starting at 10:30 am before the class.

Thursday, August 2, 1:30-2:30pm: Improvmania Too See Thursday, July 12 listing for details. Ages 6-8. Registration required.


Many thanks to the Plainsboro Public Library Foundation, Mexican Post Express, BCB Indus American Bank, and the Friends of the Plainsboro Library for their generous funding of our summer programs.

 

 


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Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State.