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Children's Summer Reading Program 2012

Dream Big - Read!
Summer Reading Program 2012
For Children Grade 4 and Younger
June 21, 2012 - August 10, 2012
Reading Guidelines
Come to the Youth Services Department anytime between June 21, 2012 and August 6, 2012 to pick up your summer reading log.
  • You must read at least 2 hours per week and get your log checked to receive a prize.
  • You will get one treasure chest prize and one raffle ticket per weekly visit.
  • The last day to get your log checked is Friday, August 10, 2012.
  • If you read at least 20 hours over the summer and get your reading log checked, you will win a special prize!
    Remember, you may only get your log checked once a week!
Children of ALL ages may participate in the reading part of our program.  Even the littlest patrons, our pre-readers, since parents or other family members can read to them.
Remember - to sign up for any of the summer reading activities, you must also sign up for the reading part of the program.

Summer Reading Kick-Off Event
Featuring Magician Tommy James
Thursday, June 21st at 7 PM
*Sign up begins on June 7, 2012.
Space is limited and spots are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Sign up for Summer Activities begins on June 21st.
Stop by the Children's Desk or call 978-674-1529 to reserve your spots.

Annual 4th of July Celebration
Wednesday, June 27th at 10:30 AM
Come wish the United States another Happy Birthday!
Hear stories, play games, and create a souvenir.
Kindergarten and older
Sign up required.

Annual Candy Guessing Contest
July 2nd - July 6th
Whatever kid guesses how much candy is in our glass case wins every piece!  Yummers! 

Harry Potter's Birthday Celebration!
Poor Harry, the horrible Durselys never gave him a birthday party.  So we will!  Join us for lots of Harry Potter birthday fun!
Tuesday, July 31st at 2 PM
For children Grade 1 and older
Sign up required 
PJ Party!
Fridays, July 13th and August 3rd at 10:30 AM
Share stories, play games, and make a craft.
Get in the spirit and wear your jammies! 
Kindergarten and older
Sign up required 

Crafty Kids
Thursdays, July 12th - July 26th at 10:30 AM  
We will be making pillows, pirate treasure chests and more. 
Kindergarten and older
Sign up required 

Super Special Kids
Calling all Special Needs kids and their families!  Come join us for a super time.  We'll share stories, sing songs, move and groove and do other fun things.  At the end of the session there will be time for families to visit and a snack will be provided.  If your child has food allergies or food sensitivities, we encourage you to bring his own preferred snack.  Siblings are always.  For more information contact Molly Hancock, Coordinator of Youth Services at 978-674-1527 or at mhancock@mvlc.org.
Wednesday, July 18th and Tuesday, August 14th at 4 PM.

Lego Club
Calling all builders!
Mondays at 10:30 AM
July 16th - August 6th
For children Grades 1 - 6 

Wii Olympics
Calling all Wii athletes!  Get in the Olympic spirit and join us in some friendly competition.
Mondays at 2 PM
July 16th - August 6th
For children Grade 4 and older
Sign up required 

Mother Goose on the Loose Storytimes 
Mother Goose is designed for children age 3 and younger but big brothers and sisters are always welcome!
July 24th - August 14th
*We will offer two identical sessions each day at 10 AM or 11:15 AM.  To accommodate everyone, we ask that patrons choose one session to attend.  Thank you for understanding!

Summertime Storytimes
Come beat the heat at storytime!
Wednesdays at 10:30 AM
July 25th - August 15th 
 For children ages 4 - 7 years
Sign up for each storytime is required.

We would like to especially thank the following local businesses for their generous contributions to our Summer Reading Program:
Espresso Pizza
Heritage Farm Ice Cream and Restaurant
Market St. Market
Santoro's Pizza and Subs

Summer Reading Program is Sponsored by:
MA Board of Library Commissioners
MA Library System
Pollard Memorial Library
Boston Bruins
(When you read you score!)