Category: Library Program

Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation SRP 2017 Programs @ Member Libraries

The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer programming at public libraries that relates to this year’s Summer Reading Program theme: Building A Better World.  

See listings below for program descriptions.

Building A Better World Program Schedules

Alternative Energy: Catch the Wind

As long as the sun shines, there’ll be winds on earth. We will never run out of wind energy. Windmills, wind turbines and wind farms are examples of harnessing this clean, renewable source of energy. Learn the basics of wind energy, including how it works, measuring speeds and how to create your own wind “machines” from household items.  Participants will experiment with “catching the wind” by making and testing their own pinwheels. Teens and Tweens will be challenged with age-appropriate experiments.

Alternative Energy: Hydro Cars

Let’s build and see how a hydro car works. We will take a look at fossil fuels and the pollution created by our everyday vehicles. We will learn about other fuel options and put together and run a small hydro car. Participants will work in pairs and 8 & 9 year olds may need adult help.

Animal Architecture

In nature we are surrounded by structures built by animals. Some include insect homes, burrows created by mammals and bird nests. These structures often incorporate specialized features to help the animals survive in its home. Join one of our Naturalists as we explore that the animals are building.

Build a Better Environment with the 3 R’s: Recycled Craft Fun

Who knows what the “Three Rs” stand for……come and learn!  Learn what happens to your trash when you throw it away and how we can make a better world by using the “Three Rs” – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle – when it comes to everyday garbage.  We will have races with trash and you will make a fun toy using household recyclables.

Building a Better…Catapult!

Library Tweens and Teens will have a great time exploring the scientific method. After a brief introduction to relevant principles of physics, participants will design, test, revise and retest catapults as they work to fling a marshmallow the farthest.

Building with the 3 Little Pigs

Who doesn’t like the 3 Little Pigs? We are adapting this familiar story and experimenting with different materials to see whether or not we actually agree with the story. Naturalists will assist as library youth build “houses” of straws, pencils and tiles and attempt to blow them down.

The Lorax

Come share the wonderful lyrical story of the Lorax.  Dig into what Dr. Suess was trying to teach with this amazingly creative and meaningful story.  Together we will hang thneeds in a Truffula Tree and talk about what we can do about pollution.  Each participant will create their own Lorax or the Oncelor paper bag puppet.

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Jesse Rothacker is back with Biome Builders!

Button: Forgotten FriendsJesse Rothacker, founder of Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary, will present a special program entitled, Biome Builders that is based on this year’s Summer Reading theme Build a Better World!

Jesse’s programs will begin on July 6 and will run until August 3.

Forgotten Reptiles

“Biome Builders” is an interactive animal show featuring Jesse Rothacker and his lovable lizards, turtles, alligators, and snakes. A biome is a large area of the earth that is home to many plants and animals. Children at this show will discover how each animal is equipped to build a better world within their biome. Then he will empower every child in the audience to use their own talents and abilities to build a better world within their homes, schools, and communities, and to unleash their abilities through the power of reading!

Biome Builders Library Program Schedule

This program is designed for children ages 5 and up (K-6th grade).  Younger children who attend must remain with an adult caregiver at all times.

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Ryan Bridge, The BugMan to present “Bugging a Better World” program

Ryan bug man holding butterflyGirl with moth

Public Libraries are pleased to host Ryan Bridge, “The BugMan” who has created a special program entitled, “Bugging a Better World” as part of this year’s Build a Better World, Summer Reading theme.  These programs run from June 19 through July 5.

More about the program …

The program will focus on the ways insects improve our planet. Clean water, pollination, food for animals and even their unusual defense strategies. This program will offer everyone a close look into the world of insects using incredible displays and lots of neat facts about insects and their related friends. Also expect LIVE Bugs as always! The audience will have a chance to pet harmless, LIVE bugs (or related critters) and get answers to whatever questions they might have.

Bugging A Better World Library Schedules 

The BugMan's Amazing Bug Display

 

About the Presenter:  Ryan Bridge has been involved with Entomology, especially with Youth Outreach and education through his “BugMan” education programs. He has a passion for Entomology and is able to make teaching about insects fun and exciting.  As an expert in Entomology Outreach, with an insect collection that numbers over 150,000 insects, he has traveled the world on insect hunting expeditions.  He regularly donates insects to the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia and the Smithsonian Institution in Wash, DC.   He takes his collection on the road to share with others so they can experience what Nature has to offer and truly understand his love for insects.

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Field Paleontologists, Mike and Roberta Straka to present Dinosaur Dig programs

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Public Libraries will host a special “Dinosaur Dig” with Field Paleontologists Mike and Roberta Straka programs as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program!  Youth and their families are invited to take part in a scientific exploration highlighting the world of dinosaurs, fossils and rocks/minerals.  Each year the team explores the badlands of North and South Dakota excavating dinosaurs.

Their fun-filled show will cover the formation of fossils, herbivores vs. carnivores, basics of geology (rocks and minerals).  The team will discuss their work as field paleontologists and background in geology. There will be an interactive fossil talk to ready the Junior Paleontologists to go on their dig! Field Paleontologist Mike will cover how and where fossils can be located. See some amazing discoveries from the time of the dinosaurs to the time of the ice age.  The team will set up a “museum of artifacts” to view.

Building a Dinosaur

Paleontologist Roberta will take the Junior Paleontologists on their dig for real dinosaur fossils and construct or build a dinosaur with the findings! Program includes a fossil talk and highlights some of Mike and Roberta’s amazing discoveries. This “hands-on” program is special because everyone will handle real dinosaur fossil bones – not plastic. Construct a dinosaur dig site right in the library!   Dinosaur Dig programs begin on June 19 and run until August 2.

Dinosaur Dig Program Schedule at Public Libraries

About the Presenters   Mike and Roberta Straka are field paleontologists who have been conducting and managing paleontological digs in North and South Dakota since 1978. Each year, they teach paleontology and geology in elementary schools and libraries throughout New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. In addition, Mike is the lead curator for teams’ fossil collection. Roberta self-published her first children’s book, “Roberta’s, Wonderful Dinosaur Adventure.” They are both excited to share their love of dinosaurs with libraries this summer.

This program complies with the PA Academic Standard for Earth Science. The dynamics of earth science include the studies of forces of nature that build the earth and wear down the earth. The understanding of these concepts uses principles from physical sciences, geography and mathematics.

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Storybook Costumes, “Elephant and Piggie” to appear at Local Public Libraries!

elephant and Piggie cosutmesLancaster County public libraries will welcome “Elephant and Piggie”, costume characters from the popular picture book series by Mo Willems.  These visits will begin on June 10 through July 27.

Elephant and Piggie books are a series for early readers by Mo Willems. The series, which debuted in 2007 with two books, is done in a comic book style, and features two friends: an elephant, Gerald, and a pig, Piggie. The books are written in conversational style with Piggie’s words appearing in pink letter bubbles and Gerald’s appearing in grey letter bubbles. The books often address issues of friendship.

Elephant & Piggie Appearance Schedule

About the Author

Mo Willems, Author & IllustratorMo Willems, a #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, celebrates ten years of Elephant & Piggie in this special bind-up collection: Today I Will Fly!; Watch Me Throw the Ball!; Can I Play Too?; the award-winning Let’s Go For a Drive!; and I Really Like Slop! Willems first became interested in cartoon art when he was just a child. When he was 3 or 4 he started to draw and create his own characters. Willems enjoyed writing stories about his characters to share with others. Mo Willems currently resides in Massachusetts with his wife, Cher, and his daughter, Trixie. In 2003, Willems left his career in television and became a stay-at-home father for his daughter.

This program complies with the following Pa Academic Standards: Learning to Read Independently; Reading, Analyzing, and Interpreting Text; Reading and Analyzing and Interpreting Literature; Speaking and Listening.

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Bricks 4 Kidz® to present physics programs while making science fun!

bricks for kids logoBricks 4 Kidz® ParticipantsPresenters from Bricks 4 Kidz® are coming to your local library as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program theme: Build a Better World!  They will offer programs that provide an atmosphere for students to build unique creations, play games, and have loads of fun using LEGO® bricks! Who says physics is boring? Participants will test out some of Sir Isaac Newton’s Laws of motion with models that illustrate the concepts of inertia, force, mass, acceleration, and the observation that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Programs designed around our proprietary model plans, designed by engineers and architects, with exciting themes such as space, construction, and amusement parks, will inspire children.  At Bricks 4 Kidz® the presenters believe that kids learn best through activities that engage their curiosity and creativity. For now, they get to build fun stuff out of LEGO® bricks and create a positive association that science is fun!  These programs begin on June 12 and run until July 27.

Program Descriptions

Swing O’Rama Students will build a model of a spinning amusement park ride in order to explore Newton’s First Law of Motion – the law of inertia, which simply states that in order for something to begin moving or stop moving, there must be an outside force applied. Discussion of this concept includes examples from everyday life. When the students complete the model, they will have the opportunity to start spinning and witness inertia up close – the mini-figure rider will fly off if not properly attached to the model! Vocabulary includes inertia, centrifugal force.

Catapult The catapult has been used since the Middle Ages when it was a state-of-the art weapon of war used to lay siege against fortified castles. Students will learn that a catapult is a type of lever, and will name the different parts of the catapult and describe how it functions. Students will build their own catapult and launch a paper football, changing the position of the pivot pin to observe how far the paper football travels. Vocabulary includes fulcrum, projectile, potential, kinetic.

Ferris Wheel First designed for the World’s Expo in Chicago in 1893, the Ferris Wheel is still a favorite at amusement parks around the world. Students will learn a lesson in imagination and problem- solving, and discuss the giant axle that powered the original ride. We will find out what happened to the original Ferris Wheel, and then build our own version of the famous ride. Vocabulary includes engineer, axle, forged, demolish.

Lawnmower Explore laws of motion with a familiar machine – the lawn mower! Students will learn about the origins of the lawn mower and then discuss how Sir Isaac Newton’s discoveries relate to cutting grass. How hard do you have to push to make the mower move? How does the weight of the mower affect the force needed? Vocabulary includes acceleration, net force, mass, reaction.

See Saw This favorite playground fixture is actually a type of lever! It also illustrates Newton’s second law of motion – Force = mass x acceleration. In order to lift the rider on the other end of the see saw off the ground, you need to apply a force equivalent to the weight of the rider you wish to lift. The heavier the rider, the more the force. The faster you want them to go up, the harder you have to push. Playground physics! Vocabulary includes force, mass, acceleration.

Bricks 4 Kidz® Event Schedule at Public Libraries

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“Giggle Magic” shows to bring fun to public libraries!

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Lancaster County youth will be amazed, as Marcy Klutchka delivers “Giggle Magic” programs at their local library!  Giggle Magic shows slated for this year’s Summer Reading Program will include Silly Safari; Farmyard Fun; and Yum Yum Veggies.  These shows will captivate young audiences and within seconds the children are giggling, engaged, and off on a journey comprised of age-appropriate magic, puppets and slapstick comedy. Then it is time to get up and move to a Kidz-Rock Dance Party! Giggle + Magic = Awesome Entertainment!  Events run from June 8 through August 8.

Program Descriptions

Farmyard Fun

 

Farmyard Fun: Riley the Rooster forgets to wake up Farmer Fred and the barnyard animals are off on an adventure!

 

 

 

Mango- Silly SafariSilly Safari: Put on your safari hats, adjust your binoculars, and get ready to go on a Silly Safari! Oh, my- has Debra the Zebra lost her stripes? Will Ellie the Elephant’s disappearing act be good enough to get her on America’s Got Talent? There goes Gerry the Giraffe; he is standing on his head…again! Have the animals GONE WILD?

 

 

Yum, Yum VeggiesYum Yum Veggies: Little Miss Muffet and Bakery Bear encourage preschoolers to choose healthy food and drinks. So Much Yummy Fun!

 

 

 

 

Giggle Magic Appearance Schedules

 

 

Marcy KlutchkaAbout the Presenter… Marcy Klutchka takes the business of fun, seriously! She is a graduate of Penn State University and the creator of Giggle Magic – themed variety shows that engage, empower, educate and entertain young audiences. Marcy has been generating giggles since 1999—and she is happy to be bringing Giggle Magic to Lancaster County!

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Hank the Health Hero returns to public libraries with his health messages!

CHI St. Joseph Children's Health

Hank the Health Hero from CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health is returning to the public libraries in Lancaster County as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program! Hank will be sharing his new health messages for youth about how to fight germs.  He will also present a program that gives tips on how to keep teeth healthy. Next event is June 13.  Events began on May 17 and run until August 10.

Hank’s Health Quest – Germs!

Cheer on Hank, as he becomes the champion of healthy choices. Set out on a quest with Hank to fight off germs. All show participants will receive tips and tools for making healthy choices at home along with an invitation to join Hank’s Hall of Health Heroes!

Hank’s Health Quest – Teeth!

Cheer on Hank, as he becomes the champion of healthy choices. Join Hank in his quest for a healthy smile. All show participants will receive tips and tools for making healthy choices at home along with an invitation to join Hank’s Hall of Health Heroes!

Hank the Health Hero’s appearance schedule

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Cylo to visit Public Libraries for Storytime Fun this Summer!

Cylo, the Lancaster Barnstormer’s mascot, swings into action this summer at public libraries in Lancaster County!  Libraries will offer baseball-related story times and activities when this lovable, local celebrity visits! Individual programs featuring Cylo may vary, but all events will provide family fun!  All ages are welcome!  Cylo’s library visits begin on June 5 and run until August 9.

Cylo Appearances at Public Libraries

Monday, June 5 at 11:00 am, Lancaster Public Library

Saturday, June 10 at 2:00 pm, Moores Memorial Library (Christiana)

Saturday, July 8 at 10:00 am, Milanof-Schock Library (Mount Joy)

Monday, July 10 at 6:00 pm, Elizabethtown Public Library

Wednesday, July 12 at 6:30 pm, Manheim Township Public Library

Saturday, July 15 at 11:00 am, Ephrata Public Library

Thursday, July 27 at 11:00 am, Strasburg-Heisler Library

Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 10:00 am, Manheim Community Library

This public library program supports Pennsylvania Academic Standards: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening: Learning to Read Independently (Word Recognition Skills, Vocabulary Development); Speaking and Listening (Listening Skills); Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature (Literary Devices, Poetry).  The Lancaster Barnstormers is a sponsor of the countywide summer reading program, Build a Better World!

Please contact library listed to register for program.
Listing of local libraries

Public Libraries and the Bookmobile to Launch 2017 Summer Reading Program!

Public Libraries of Lancaster County and the Bookmobile will be presenting, this year’s Summer Reading Program starting on June 3rd.  Readers of all ages invited to READ all things related to this year’s theme as local public libraries present “Build a Better World!” during this year’s summer reading program.

The library is the perfect place for children and families to become empowered to build a better world! This summer’s theme makes use of the universal appeal of creating, re-purposing, and building. Through books, games, and many hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities, participants will discover new ways of looking at the world around them. They will have the opportunity to challenge themselves, try new things, and work together to make positive change in the world. Activities may include costume creation, group games, physical challenges, art projects, science and engineering experiments, and more!  For each of the age groups the public libraries will offer special stories, events, music, and hands-on learning centered on Building a Better World  theme.

The countywide reading program begins June 3 and will run until August 12, 2017. Youth may join anytime during this time period.  The Summer Reading Library program supports Pennsylvania Academic Standards & PA Early Learning Standards.

The 2017 countywide Summer Reading Program is open to children and teens of all ages. Program components include four reading levels: Read Aloud (birth-4 years), Elementary (ages 5-9), Tween (ages 10-12) and the Teen level (ages 13-19).

Last year 23,902 youth of all ages participated in the countywide Summer Reading Program, while the public libraries offered 1,303 events where 31,377 youth and their families attended!

Teens are welcome to come to the Library and read for prizes as well as to take part in special events offered throughout the summer.   Participation of teens in the summer reading program will enhance their literacy and comprehension skills and provide great entertainment.

Educational studies have shown that the summer reading program has positive effects on students in that voluntary reading correlates with high levels of reading achievement, increased comprehension, and prevents a student’s academic ‘summer slide’.

Here are some additional benefits having students enroll in the summer reading program:

  • Young children will gain self-confidence and a love for reading, books, and the library
  • The groundwork will be laid for children to become lifelong readers and learners
  • Entire families will have the opportunity to participate in age-appropriate summer reading events
  • Completion of the program will give children a sense of accomplishment and belonging
  • Parents and caregivers will gain knowledge about early literacy and learning activities at the library that they can continue at home
  • The library may become a community destination for more families during the summer

Nurturing basic literacy skills is one of the goals of PA Forward | Pennsylvania Libraries, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association. Research shows that a child’s library use raises his or her fourth grade assessment scores. Help us to spark learning in all of our children this summer by supporting and participating in the Summer Library Program.

2017 Summer Entertainment & Educational Events
at Local Public Libraries

The PRINCESS of Dutch Wonderland Hear Ye, Hear Ye! We are extending an invitation to all Princesses, Princes, Lords and Ladies to attend a royal reading story times! (Ages 3+) Events run from June 9 through July 18.

“Biome Builders” with Jess Rothacker – Jesse returns to feature an interactive animal show featuring Jesse Rothacker and his lovable lizards, turtles, alligators, and snakes. A biome is a large area of the earth that is home to many plants and animals. Children at this show will discover how each animal is equipped to build a better world within their biome. Every child, as a participant in the program, will be empowered to use their own talents and abilities to build a better world within their homes, schools, and communities, and to unleash their abilities through the power of reading! These events run from July 6 through August 3.

Bricks 4 Kidz®! – These programs provide an atmosphere for students to build unique creations, play games, and have loads of fun using LEGO® bricks! Programs designed around proprietary model plans, designed by engineers and architects, with exciting themes such as space, construction, and amusement parks, will inspire children. Specially designed project kits and theme-based models provide the building blocks for the Bricks 4 Kidz® approach to educational play. At Bricks 4 Kidz®, the presenters believe that kids learn best through activities that engage their curiosity and creativity. (First event is June 12.)

Dinosaur Dig with Field Paleontologists Mike and Roberta Straka – Field Paleontologist team—Mike and Roberta Straka — will present their “Dino Dig” program at public libraries this summer!    Their fun-filled show will cover the formation of fossils, herbivores vs. carnivores, basics of geology (rocks and minerals).  The team will discuss their work as field paleontologists and background in geology. There will be an interactive fossil talk to ready the Junior Paleontologists to go on their dig! This “hands-on” program is special because everyone will handle real dinosaur fossil bones – not plastic. Construct a dinosaur dig site right in the library!   Dinosaur Dig programs begin on June 19 and run until August 2.

Giggle Magic!  Marcy Klutchka presents show that will captivate young audiences within seconds, children are giggling, engaged, and off on a journey comprised of age-appropriate magic, puppets and slapstick comedy.  Then it is time to get up and move to a Kidz-Rock Dance Party! Giggle + Magic = Awesome Entertainment! She offers one of the following programs at public libraries: Silly Safari; Farmyard Fun; and Yum Yum Veggies.    Events run from June 8 through August 8.

Ryan Bridge “The BugMan”   This program will focus on the ways insects improve our planet. Clean water, pollination, food for animals and even their unusual defense strategies… This program will offer everyone a close look into the world of insects using incredible displays and lots of neat facts about insects and their related friends. Also expect LIVE Bugs as always! The audience will have a chance to pet harmless, LIVE bugs (or related critters) and get answers to whatever questions they might have.  Events run from June 19 through July 5.

Elephant & Piggie Costume Character Visits Lancaster County public libraries will welcome “Elephant and Piggie”, costume characters from the popular picture book series by Mo Willems.  These visits will begin on June 10 through July 27.

Lancaster County Environmental Center Programs Enjoy and explore any of these programs at one or more of the local libraries:

Animal Architecture (First program starts June 15); The Lorax (First program starts July 17); Spiders and their webs (August 2); Alternative Energy: Hydro Cars (First program starts June 15); Build a Better Environment with the 3 R’s: Recycled Craft Fun (First program starts June 13); Alternative Energy: Catch the Wind (First program starts June 27).

CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health

Hank the Health Hero is a champion of healthy choices who inspires Lancaster children to adopt healthy habits.  Hank the Health Hero programs at Public Libraries target two different age groups:  Hank’s Health Quest is designed for children ages 3-8, while Sink Your Teeth into Science is for children ages 8-11.  These events run from May 17 through August 10.

Cylo Visits!  Cylo, the Lancaster Barnstormer’s mascot, swings into action this summer at public libraries in Lancaster County!  Libraries will offer baseball-related story times and activities when this lovable, local celebrity visits!  These visits begin on June 5 and run until August 9.

 

Local Sponsor Support

In addition to the Library System’s support, this year’s literacy-minded Summer Reading Program Sponsors include: Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Barnyard Kingdom at Country Barn, Bounce Kraze, Cain’s Lanes, The Castle Roller Skating; Clearview Lanes, The Comic Store, Comics and Paperbacks Plus, Dutch Wonderland ~ It’s Family Time!, Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches, Lancaster Barnstormers, Lancaster Cupcake, Lancaster Ice Rink, Laserdome, Leisure Bowling & Golf Center, M&T Bank, McDonald’s Restaurants, Refreshing Mountain Ziplines;  Rita’s Ices, Rocky Spring Entertainment Center, Scratch Bakes, Sequential Arts Too, Sky Zone Trampoline Park;  Strasburg Rail Road Company, Stoudt Advisors, Sugar Whipped Bakery, and Water’s Edge Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Shop.

Please contact library listed to register for program.
Here is a listing of local libraries

Find out more about the Summer Reading Program!

Printed event booklets will be available for pick up at your local library or bookmobile by May 22.  Contact your local public library for more information about these summertime happenings! The countywide public library summer reading program is supported in part by the Library System of Lancaster County.

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