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Fishing for Adventure

A Family Read Together Program
for kids who have not yet started Kindergarten


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Adventure awaits this summer at the Wallingford Public Library! Join us to create your own amazing fish tale.

Families can register online, at home or at the library, beginning June 2nd and can start logging books on June 25th.

Parents, you can register all of your preschoolers as a group, or if you prefer, register each preschool child individually. Each time you read a book together login and enter the title – it’s okay to log the same book over and over. We know that’s how many preschooler’s enjoy their favorite books!

Every five books [or readings] earns each child a sticker to take home and the chance to write their name on a special sticker to help decorate our fishing hole. Once your family reaches 30 books each child will receive a small prize and a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of our BIG prizes!

Seeking Atlantis

submarineA Summer Reading Program
for students who have completed grades K-5

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The ocean is full of mysteries. This summer, help us discover the greatest mystery of all – Atlantis! What happened to the island of Atlantis? Was it an ancient civilization wiped off the map by a super storm? Or is it just an ancient fairy tale? Join us this summer to seek the truth!

All readers can register online, at home or at the library, beginning June 2nd and can start logging their books on June 25th.

There are two exciting ways to participate:
Log the books you read (starting June 25th) online with your library card and collect prizes as you continue to read until the program officially ends on August 16th.

If you wish, your continued reading also allows you to play on the Library’s giant game board which will be open 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. – Noon on Saturdays from June 30th – August 9th.

Grades K-2
To get started, you need to read 2 books. This will allow you to collect your first prize, and, if you choose, take your first turn on the game. Once you have read and logged 12 books, you will have officially completed the summer program. BUT, if you continue to read, there are more prizes in store! Reading 24 books will earn you a raffle ticket with the chance to win a Kindle or one of our other BIG prizes. Plus, as long as the game board is open, you may take a turn for every two books that you read, so the more you read, the more you can play!

Grades 3-5
To get started, you need to read 1 book. This will allow you to collect your first prize, and, if you choose, take your first turn on the game. Once you have read and logged 6 books, you will have officially completed the summer program. BUT, if you continue to read, there are more prizes in store! Reading 12 books will earn you a raffle ticket with the chance to win a Kindle or one of our other BIG prizes. Plus, as long as the game board is open, you may take a turn for every book that you read, so the more you read, the more you can play!

Special Events

Saturday Morning Movies: Finding Atlantis
Saturday, August 2nd, 10:00 a.m.
Ages 8 and up
Children’s Program Room
Registration begins July 7th

Join us for a special showing of the National Geographic documentary, Finding Atlantis.

Airborne Jugglers
Monday, August 4, 7:00 p.m.
All ages
Community Room
Free tickets available July 7th

The Airborne Jugglers will amaze you with their juggling tricks – and get you laughing in the process. Following the performance, there will be a short hands-on workshop for anyone who is interested.

Monarch Magic
Friday, August 22nd, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
All ages
Community Room

Make a butterfly craft, have your picture taken as a butterfly, and get all of your questions answered at this drop-in program. We will also have monarch caterpillars, chrysalids, and (if we are very lucky) butterflies on hand for you to see up close!

Please note, you do not need to be here right at 10:00 a.m. for this program, you may stop in at any time and stay as long as you’d like!

Beyond Atlantis Book Club

Discovering Lost Cities
Tuesday, August 12th, 7:00 p.m.
Ages 10-12
Collins Room
Registration begins July 14th

Join us for a discussion of books about lost cities! Kids can choose to read Tunnels, The City of Ember, or Gregor the Overlander. We will discover what all of these lost cities have in common. Ask the children’s librarians for help finding these titles. You can even read all three!

Preschool Concerts

There will be lots of music and fun for preschoolers at the WPL this summer, thanks to the Wallingford Parks and Recreation Department! All concerts will take place in the Community Room.

Tom Sieling
Friday, August 1st at 10:00 a.m.
Free tickets available July 14th

Storytimes

Itty Bitty Babies (under 13 months)
Collins Room
Thursdays @ 1:30 p.m.
July 10, 17, 24, 31
August 7

This drop-in program introduces babies and their grown-ups to the Library and each other in a program filled with songs, rhymes, and books. Stories and songs are for children under 12 months, but siblings are welcome.

Musical Mother Goose (ages 1-2)
Community Room
Tuesdays @ 6:30 p.m.
July 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5
Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.
July 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6

Join us for a lively, interactive drop-in program filled with music and movement for 1’s and 2’s and their grown-ups! This program is limited to 60 people; Wallingford residents are given priority. Please bring proof of residency. Others are most welcome to attend if there is room.

Waddling Ones (13-24 months)
Collins Room
Thursdays @ 10:00 a.m.
July 10, 17, 24, 31
August 7

Songs, rhymes, movement and a whole lot of fun! This special drop-in program is for one-year-olds and their grown-ups & siblings. This program is limited to 20 children and their caregivers; Wallingford residents are given priority. Please bring proof of residency. Others are most welcome to attend if there is room.

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)
Children’s Program Room
Mondays @ 10:30 a.m.
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4
Wednesdays @ 1:30 p.m.
July 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6

Books, flannelboard stories, rhymes, songs, and more are offered in this fun, drop-in program for preschoolers. Please note adjusted Monday start time. Thursday night storytime will be back in the Fall.



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