The weather is warm, the sun is shining, and summer is here! It seems like this year is just flying by, and with the start of the summer season, we’re excited to get into summer reading.
I’d argue there’s no better time to read then sunny days—whether you’re by the lake, the pool, the beach, or in the air conditioning, there’s always a book to enjoy. With this in mind, we’re bringing summer reading to the Dimmick!
About Our Summer Reading Program
Every year, we participate in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). The CSLP is a nonprofit, charitable organization that supports literacy, education, and science through summer reading events in public libraries across the United States.
This year, the CSLP theme is Oceans of Possibilities, which brings sea creatures, beach activities, and more into our library. The program is available for all ages and each age bracket has different events and activities available: The Early Literacy Program. Children’s Program, Teen Program, and Adult Program.
Beyond our events, we have free books, art supplies, and even a reading tracker. All of these resources are available at the library, upon signing up for the program.
How to Sign Up
Signing up for summer reading is a fun and easy process! Simply walk in the library and ask for a sign up form at the Circulation Desk, or you can easily sign up online from your own computer or smartphone!
Click here to sign up online: https://forms.gle/6sdxrVMjGgs4JofV9
There is no deadline for the form, so please sign up whenever you’d like and are able.
Upon signup, you can receive an Activity Tracker from us at the library. Each age group has different activities.
Raffle: Each week, you can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know which activity you completed, to be entered in a raffle to win a small, weekly prize. we will have 3 winners each week and at the end of the program, all of the entries will be put together into a raffle to win the Grand Prize: A $30 gift card to the place of your choice!
Ages 0-5 Activity Tracker: Color in the fish on your activity tracker as you complete things. Activities you can do at home include listening to a book, reading a book about an animal that lives in water, or playing with clay or playdoh. There are 17 different activities to complete and each fish completed can be entered into the weekly raffle.
Ages 6-11 Activity Tracker: Put a hash mark in each box of your activity tracker as you complete the squares. If you complete three or more square in one week, you’ll be entered into the weekly raffle. Some of the activities for this age group, include visiting a Little Free Library in your neighborhood, writing in a journal, and Attending a Library Event. There’s also several different reading challenges, too!
Ages 12 and up: Older kids and adults can participate in our Summer Reading Program, too! Put a hash mark in the box of each activity as you complete the items on the activity tracker. Some of the activities include Reading to a child, friend, family member or pet, reading a graphic novel, and even painting a canvas from art supplies from the library! There are 24 different activities to try, which can all be entered in our weekly raffle as you participate.
If you’re interested in the Activity Tracker, be sure to pick one up at the library the next time you visit!
We have plenty of new adventures planned for summer reading for all ages! Here are a few of the events we have going on and a comprehensive list below, as well:
Kids Storytime: Every Tuesday morning, at 10AM, we have Kids Storytime! The theme changes each week and Miss Brenda always has fun things planned! Together, we read a story, do a craft, and even sing songs sometimes! Storytime is for children ages 0-5, but siblings are always welcome, as well!
Our themes for July are as follows: Pirates (July 5th), Seashells (July 12th), Whales (July 19th), Sharks (July 26th), Seahorses (August 2nd)
Water Activities and Experiments: We are so excited to offer our Water Activities and Experiments event! This is happening on July 5th at Penn Kidder Branch and July 7th at Dimmick Memorial Library. At the event, we will have guest speaker, Susan Gallagher, from the Carbon County Environmental Education Center! We will be talking about the local watershed and how it affects water systems downstream.
Dungeons and Dragons: Our latest event for tween, teens, and adults, Dungeons and Dragons is a fun new addition to the library. This event will be taking place July 8th at 4pm and no experience in necessary. Pre-registration is required and we recommend that this event is for ages 12 and up.
Movie Mondays: Now taking place during Mondays this summer, we are holding Movie Night! All ages are welcome and light snacks will be provided, though we ask that children bring a chaperone. We will have a different movie playing each week. The movies and dates are as follows:
Finding Nemo (July 11th), Jaws (July 18th), Becoming Cousteau (July 25th)
Illuminate Your Art!: Love crafting? us too! At this fun event, we’ll be creating paper crafts with STEAM materials. Make your own lighthouse, bioluminescent deep-sea angler fish, sunrise, sea lantern–anything you can imagine! We’ll light up your new creation and watch it shine! This program is for ages 10 and up and is taking place at the Dimmick Library on July 14th and at the Penn Kidder Branch on July 15th.
Ocean Stitch Art: Sew your own ocean creature! From fish, to mermaids, to turtles, we have so many cool options to try! Join us on July 22nd at 5pm at the Dimmick Library and at July 21st at 5pm at Penn Kidder Branch to try out this cool craft!
Ride the Waves: Mindfulness for Teens: Have a teen at home? Mindfulness helps us to be aware of thoughts and emotions without being caught up in them, reducing stress in everyday life.
Learn meditation and breathing techniques, make your own meditation wave bottle, and learn about resources that can help you manage your mental health. At our Ride The Waves Event for July, we’ll be making meditation bottles to reduce stress. This event will be July 26th at 5pm at the Dimmick Library and July 29th at 5pm at Penn Kidder Branch.
Pirate Camp!: Coming on July 28th at 4:30pm to Dimmick Memorial Library, and July 27th at 4:30pm at Penn Kidder Branch, we have Pirate Camp! At Pirate Camp, we’ll walk the plank, get pirate tattoos, and more! We have so many fun things planned for this event and all ages of pirates are welcome!
Here’s a full list of all the events happening at the Dimmick Library in July:
July 4th: CLOSED for holiday
July 5th: Storytime @ 10AM- Pirates
July 7th: Carbon County Environmental Center Hands on Water Activites and Experiement with guest speaker @ 5PM
July 8th: Dungeons & Dragons @ 4pm
July 11th: Movie Monday @ 5pm- “Finding Nemo”
July 12th: Storytime @ 10AM- Seashells
July 14th: Illuminate Your Art! Crafting for all ages @ 5pm
July 14th: Coaltown Crafters @ 6pm
July 18th: Movie Monday @ 5pm- “JAWS”
July 19th: Storytime @ 10AM- Whales
July 21st: Reader’s Circle @6pm
July 22nd: Ocean Stitch Art @5pm
July 25th: Movie Monday @ 5pm– “Becoming Cousteau”
July 26th: Storytime @ 10AM- Sharks
July 26th: Ride the Waves Mindfulness for Teens–make your own meditation bottle @5pm
July 28th: Pirate Camp! @4:30