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2024 Children’s Summer Reading Program

Welcome to our Children's Summer Reading Celebration!

June 29th - August 24th, 2024

How to Participate

Prizes include “most minutes read,” as well as halfway and finale drawings.

*Plus, a treasure chest of prizes all summer long*

Reading & Activity Logs

  • Pick up your Summer Reading & Activity Log at the library’s Children’s Desk (starting June 29) or sign up with READsquared.
  • Use your Reading & Activity Log or READsquared to record the minutes you read and activities completed.
  • Bring your partially or fully completed Reading & Activity Log to the library to earn beads, prizes. and entries into prize drawings!
  • The last day to submit logs will be August 24.

Read for Beads

  • Pick up a necklace and brag tag when you start Summer Reading and fill it with beads throughout the summer!
  • 1 bead = 1 hour read (4 apples) or 1 activity (1 tent or campfire)

Special Programs and Events

Community Block Party & Summer Reading Kickoff

Saturday, June 29: 11:00am-1:00pm

Join us to celebrate the start of Summer Reading at our annual Block Party! Enjoy food, games, crafting, music, prizes, and more.

Community Days

Wednesdays: 10:30am-1:00pm

Outdoor Storytimes with Special Guests including the Humane Society, Jamestown Fire Dept., and Audubon, Crafts, Lawn Games, YMCA Free Lunches, and Jamestown Mobile Market

Open Play and Staff-Led Activities in the Makerspace (please note: this is updated schedule beginning in July 2024)

Open Play: Mon 10:30am-1:30pm, Tues 3:00-5:00pm, Thurs 3:00-5:00pm, Sat 10:30am-3:00pm

Staff-Led Activities: Mon, Wed, and Fri from 3:30-5:00pm

Join us as we learn through play! The library’s Makerspace has activities for all ages, from infants to teenagers. Check out our programming calendar for details about staff-led programs, or drop in for open play and explore the space on your own.

All Ages Drumming with Infinity

Thursdays, July 11 – August 29: 11:00am-12:00pm

Join us on the library’s front lawn for a drum circle. Drums and other percussion instruments will be provided. You are welcome to bring your drum. No experience is needed.

Outdoor Game Evenings

Wednesdays 7/3, 7/17, 8/7, 8/21: 4:45-6:00pm

Stop by the library’s front lawn for an evening of outdoor games including cornhole, horseshoes, mini basketball, and more!

Make a Compass Bracelet

Wednesday, July 10: 1:00-2:00pm

Make a paracord bracelet with a compass attached at this program for ages 8-14. Registration is required for this free program. To register, call (716) 484-7135 Ext. 234.

Doodle Bot Program

Monday, July 22: 5:00-6:30pm

Build a drawing robot to take home at this program for ages 6-12. Registration is required for this free program. To register, call (716) 484-7135 Ext. 234.

Book Swap

Friday, July 26: 9:00am-7:00pm

Celebrate the halfway point of Summer Reading with a Book Swap! Bring in a book you no longer want, and trade it for something new. Categories for kids, teens, and adults will be available. Contributed books must be in good condition.

Oak Birthday Party

Thursday, August 1: 4:30-6:30pm

Come celebrate the birthday of the library’s historic oak tree! This program will feature a lawn party for kids, followed by a talk about Jamestown’s trees for adults.

Pokémon Program

Saturday, August 17: 10:30-11:30am (ages 6-9), 1:30-2:30pm (ages 10-14)

Trade Pokémon cards, make themed crafts, an enjoy some snacks with fellow trainers! Registration is appreciated. To register, call (716) 484-7135 Ext. 234.

End of Summer Party

Saturday, August 31: 12:30-2:30pm

Celebrate the end of Summer Reading with an ice cream party! 

Questions? Call us at 716-484-7135 x 234