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Libraries Strive to Build a Better World This Summer

School is out and summer has officially begun at St. Lawrence County Libraries! This year, our Collaborative Summer Reading Program theme is “Build a Better World” and our county libraries have special programs and events geared for children of all ages. 

Each library has its own calendar of activities which may be found at the library, on the library’s website, or the library’s Facebook page. Here are some highlights:

The Gouverneur Library is hosting the Thompson Park Zoo on July 10th, a Lego Build Off on July 18th, Professor Klutzo’s Great Inventions of the World on July 19th, a week of drawing instruction from July 24th-28th, and a Monsterology program on August 16th. 

The Heuvelton Library will be hosting a summer reading program for grades K-4 in early August on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

The Hepburn Library of Lisbon is hosting programs at the library and Lisbon Beach throughout the month of July. Daily activities include self-directed makerspace projects for kids in grades K-6. Other programs include storytime for toddlers and preschoolers along with craft projects, board game, and Lego days for school-age children. 

The Hepburn Library of Madrid is hosting a Summer Reading Club for children in grades K-12 with prizes to be awarded at the End of Summer Celebration of August 25th. Other children’s programs run from July 10th to August 25th and include crafting on Mondays, Lego Club on Wednesdays, and storytime programs on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. 

The Morristown Public Library will be offering programs for all ages on Tuesdays from July 11th through August 8th. This year they are building Faerie Houses and hosting a goat for storytime. 

The Hepburn Library of Norfolk is hosting programs for children ages 3-14. Their big highlight is a Park Day to be held in the park across the street from the library. There will be storytime followed by a scavenger hunt, bubbles, Frisbee playtime, and a trip to the ice cream parlor for an ice cream cone.

The Norwood Public Library is offering a Read-at Home program from July 5th through August 11th where children track their reading at home to earn prize books. On Thursdays, the library will be hosting Storytime on the the Norwood Village Green. On July 25th, the library will host a visit with Batman and Wonder Woman, along with a screening of the new Lego Batman movie. A summer reading program for adults will include the chance to win gift certificates to the Ashley House in Norwood, the Hometown Cafe, or movie tickets. 

The Richville Free Library will be offering a Reading Challenge with prizes, along with a field trip to the Agricultural Museum in Madrid. On Wednesday mornings, a reading activity and craft will be held. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the library will host recreational activities at the playground. 

The Hepburn Library of Waddington is collaborating with the Waddington Beach morning recreation program on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from July 5th through July 27th. Activities are geared for children in grades 1-5 and includes storytime, art projects, and an independent reading incentive program. Special Wednesday programs include Crafts for All Seasons, a DEC representative to talk about local fish and wildlife, a blacksmith presentation, and a visit from the Highway Superintendent who will bring equipment for the children to explore. 

Please contact individual libraries for more information, including specific dates and times for all activities. Many programs require pre-registration due to limited facility space, or to ensure that library staff have sufficient supplies available for projects and crafts. While visiting your local library, be sure to check out what else they have to offer – it’s the perfect time to get a library card, borrow an exciting new book, and help us all Build a Better World!

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