Join the Summer Fun @ Your Library
Make plans to attend these fun and entertaining programs this summer at your Library.
Ole School Classics with Storyteller Sheila Arnold on June 19 at Yorktown Library
On Monday, June 19, storyteller Sheila Arnold presents Ole School Classics at 2:15 p.m. at the Yorktown Library. Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, and King Arthur are classic stories, but they have changed over the years since first being recorded. This program shares the earliest known versions of these classic tales by traveling back with Mrs. Arnold, before happily ever after, to explore the original versions. This performance is free and intended for kids, ages 8 and up, teens, and their parents or guardians. Registration is not required.
The Steelpan Movement with the Mosaic Steel Orchestra on June 21 at Tabb Library
On Wednesday, June 21, the Mosaic Steel Orchestra presents Steelpan Movement: From Outcast to Outstanding at 12:45 p.m. at the Tabb Library. This interactive program takes you on a journey from the early development of the steel drum to the spread of steelpan throughout the world. This performance is free and intended for kids, ages 8 and up, teens, and their parents or guardians. Registration is not required.
Lego Mania Family Edition on July 15 at Tabb Library
Create your own world with Legos and Duplos on Saturday, July 15, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Tabb Library. Bring the whole family for open play! We supply the Legos and Duplos. Registration is not required.
Gross Science on July 17 at Yorktown Library
The Virginia Air & Space Center brings Gross Science to the Yorktown Library at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 17. Kids and teens, ages 8 to 14, will take a close look at the producers, consumers, and decomposers of the food chain. You'll examine owl pellets and see what happens to the rodents an owl eats, learn about mosquitoes and why they bite you, and more gross stuff! Registration is required and begins at 10 a.m. on June 26. Register in person at the Yorktown Youth Services desk or by phone at 757-890-3236.
"A Book That Shaped Me" Essay Contest for Rising 5th & 6th Graders
The Library of Congress is sponsoring a summer essay contest in conjunction with public libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region. “A Book That Shaped Me” Letters About Literature Summer Writing Contest asks students to write a letter to their local librarian about a book that shaped their lives. Prizes will be awarded and top winners will be invited to present their letters during a special presentation at the Library of Congress National Book Festival taking place September 2, 2017, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
Students entering 5th and 6th grades in the fall of 2017 are eligible to participate. Letters should be one page in length and must be submitted with an entry form in person at the Tabb or Yorktown Library Youth Services Department. Entry forms and contest guidelines are available at the library and on the Library of Congress website. The deadline for entries is Saturday, July 8, 2017. Youth Services staff is available to provide guidance to students preparing essays for contest entry.
“A Book That Shaped Me” will award prizes to five finalists and one winner per state, and to three overall grand prize winners. The three grand prize winners will be selected by a panel of judges assembled by the Library of Congress including educators, children’s authors, and Library of Congress staff.
SYNC Free Audiobooks for Teens
AudioFile Magazine is offering FREE summer listening for teens and other readers of Young Adult Literature through its SYNC audiobook program. From April 27th to August 16th, SYNC will give away two complete audiobooks a week. Based on weekly themes, each pair of SYNC titles will be available for download for 7 days through the OverDrive app. Titles, once downloaded, are yours to keep. A new pair of audiobooks will be available each Thursday at 7 a.m. Over the 16 week period, 32 titles will be available. The first pair of titles, available April 27 through May 3, are "The Dead House" by Dawn Kurtagich and "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde. For a complete list of titles, visit SYNC Audiobooks for Teens. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at www.audiobooksync.com.
Makerspace—Tinkercad on June 22
Makerspace is a place to create, explore and learn through science and technology. At our Makerspace program on Thursday, June 22, we'll continue learning about Tinkercad, a simple, online 3D design and 3D printing app for all ages. Whether you're just learning or returning, please join us. We'll meet in the Tabb Library lobby at 4:30 p.m. and then head to our Makerspace lab. This program is for youth, ages 10-14. It is limited to 10 participants. Registration is required and begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 15. Register online through the Events Calendar, stop by the Tabb Library or call 757-890-5110.
Programs on Hiatus Until September 2017
Several of our weekly and monthly programs will be on summer hiatus and will return in September. Science Sunday, Kids Create, Lego Lovers, Snuggle Stories, Tiny Tales and Toddler Tales will take a summer break at the Tabb Library. Lego Time, Baby Bookworms, and Toddler Tales will take a summer break at the Yorktown Library. Note that Snuggle Stories and Preschool Story Time do have summer counterparts. See our Summer Reading program for a full list of summer events and activities for children and teens.
Paws to Read — Summer 2017
Join us on the fourth Saturday of each month from 2-3 p.m. for Paws to Read! Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to read to a certified pet therapy dog and their owner. Reading to dogs is fun, and these dogs are great listeners! Also, Paws to Read programs have been shown to help readers gain self confidence and improve their reading skills. A signed parental permission slip is required. For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at 757-890-5110.
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