Summer Reading Program at Naples Library!
The theme for all programs: Space & the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing
Programming, materials, and activities for elementary-aged children should be a core part of every library’s offerings year-round. Traditionally, summer reading programs are designed to encourage elementary-aged children to keep reading during summer vacation. Preventing the “summer slide” continues to be the main objective of summer reading programs. For many families with elementary-aged children, the public library is the only community space available during the summer months where they can access free educational and cultural enrichment activities and programs.
The benefits of summer reading programming for children:
- Children are motivated to read.
- Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.
- Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.
- Children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery.
- Children have access to experiences through which they can learn to work cooperatively.
- Children are rewarded for reading daily and learn responsibility by keeping a daily journal.
Here is a list of what’s happening at the Naples Library during the months of July and August:
- July 8 – 1-2:30 PM Galaxy Magnets: Make small magnets with glass beads and outer space designed paper.
- July 9 – 2-3 PM The Chemistry of Slime: Possibly the best science project you can do using chemistry is making slime. It’s gooey, stretchy, fun, and easy to make. Join Dr. Demo aka Amber Charlebois.
- July 10 – 1-2:30 PM Galaxy Sensory Bottles: With three ingredients you can make this easy and mesmerizing Galaxy Sensory Bottle! Use this as a tool for mindfulness.
- July 11 – 2 PM Movie: Spark: A Space Tail *Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult
- July 15 – 1-2:30 PM Plotting Planets: Determine how far each planet is from the sun & decorate the library windows with planets we make!
- July 16 – 1-2:30 PM Kite Making: Use paper bags to create their own personalized kites & fly them at the community square dance!
- July 17 – 1-3 PM Song & Dance Around the Planets: Sagit Zilberman uses 20 instruments and demonstrates them and tells stories about them. It is a great way to expose children and even adults to music and culture from all over the world. She also incorporates some dancing from other countries and gets the participants up on their feet and moving.
- July 18 – 1-2:30 PM Galaxy Rock Painting: Families will paint galaxies, stars & planets on rocks with artist Tina Newton from Kindness Rocks the Finger Lakes.
- July 22 – 1-2:30 PM Solar System Sun Catchers: Use plastic plates & paint to make their own solar system sun catchers.
- July 23 – 1-2:30 PM Constellation Projectors: Use cardboard cylinders & tin foil to create constellations. With flashlights we will project our constellations.
- July 24 – 1-2:30PM Constellation Lacing: Use yarn to trace and create constellation cards.
- July 25 – 2 PM Movie: Space Jam *Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult
- July 29 – 1-2:30 PM Sunshine Bath Bombs: Make your own bath bombs in sunny colors with essential oils.
- July 30 – 1-2:30 PM Moon Sand: Create “moon sand” and design craters on the moon.
- July 31 1:00-2:30 PM Moon Phases: Create the phases of the moon using Oreos in this edible activity.
- August 1 – 2PM Movie: Apollo 13 *Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult
- August 5 – 1:00-2:30 PM Straw Rockets: Use cardboard to create straw rockets that they can launch with the power of their breath.
- August 6 – 1:00-2:30 PM Breakout Box: Kids will solve a series of puzzles and math problems to figure out the combinations to locks and unlock their prize!
- August 7 – 2-3 PM Rocket Science: This is your chance to be a rocket scientist! Investigate the four forces of flight with the help of a Unique Flying Object! Explore the science involved in rocket construction as you build your own Skyblazer II Rocket ™ that you can take home! This is a special event presented by Mad Science of Western New York.
- August 8 – 2 PM Movie: Star Wars Clone Wars (animated) *Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult
- August 12 – 1:00-2:30 PM Pressed Flower Bookmark: Make a bookmark from pressed flowers
- August 13 – 1:00-2:30 PM Pond Viewer: Use recycled milk cartons to create a pond viewer & get a better look under the surface of water!
- August 14 – 2:00-3:00 PM Trail Walk: Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
- August 15 – 1:00-2:30 PM Ice Cream Social: Celebrate the end of Summer Reading with Prizes and Ice Cream. Last day of Free Lunches.
FREE LUNCHES for youth ages 0-18 years of age are served Monday through Thursday at 1 PM
These programs are not Naples Central School District programs. Procedures, supervision, and insurance for children participating in these program are the responsibility of our organization and of the parent. The distribution of this flyer by NCS is for informational purposes and in no way should be considered that the School District endorses our program and program philosophy. Finally, the Naples Central School District reserves the right to withhold distribution of these materials.