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Summer Reading 2014

at the Cheshire Library

Kickoff:Unfortunately, we had to postpone our opening program, Ed the Wizard, because of the rescheduled Family Fun Fair. However, Ed will perform and teach some magic at a free program on Monday, August 11 at 6:30 at the Community Center.

Meanwhile, registration is open for this year’s program. We have lots of fun things going on, including a take-home science experiment or demonstration each week, new items in the Treasure Chest, and SummerTimes Stories & Crafts for 4 to 8 year olds!

Basic Program: Children pledge to read 15 minutes a day for 5 days each week. When they have completed each week’s reading they return to the library and fill in their reading logs. Pre-readers may count time when an older reader reads to them. Each week when they successfully reach their goal they may choose something from the Treasure Chest.

Each week there will be a different science-related experiment, demonstration or project sheet to take home and try out.

SummerTimes Stories & Crafts: Designed for children ages 4 through 8, this weekly program of stories and crafts will be held Thursday mornings at 10 – the day has been changed from prior years so as not to conflict with the Terry-a-la-Berry program at the school.

Pre-registration is required, as there is only space for 8 children at each session. The five sessions are:

Thursday, July 10: Think like a Mad Scientist!

Thursday, July 17: Ooey Gooey Science

Thursday, July 24: Thing that go Fizz! Boom! Pop!

Thursday, July 31: Robots!

Thursday, August 7: Science all around us

You may sign up for one or all of the programs, but please do not sign up for sessions when you will be away, as space is so limited.

Another program: Thursday, August 14 at 6:30 “Build-A-Bug with Christine Erb. Learn about bugs, and create one to take home. Pre-register: Limited to 15 children. And don’t forget that everyone can come see Ed the Wizard on August 11!

For more information call the library at: (413) 743-4746 (413)

    The spring session of Preschool StoryTimes has ended, but there is more to come!  We are leading up to our Summer Reading Program, “Fizz, Boom, Read!”  The kick-off event will be a visit from “Ed the Wizard” doing magic and science on Monday evening, June 23 at 6:30 p.m.  In July there will be SummerTimes, a weekly story and craft program for ages 4 though 8, on Thursday mornings.

     The library has begun marking early reader books with Accelerated Reader labels.  We are starting with the beginning chapter books and will grow the system from there.  If you or your child select a book and want to know its AR level, bring it to the desk.  We’ll look it up and label it for you.  (4/1/2014)

The Cheshire Library has extensive collections of materials for young people, from board books and picture books through easy readers up to YA novels; movies, and resources to help with homework and individual learning. 

Did you know that the library a geocaching kit that you can borrowed for a week at a time.  What is geocaching?  It is a treasure hunt that begins in your neighborhood!  Caches can be found nearly anywhere in the world!  Here’s a link to get you started:  Geocaching with Kids

The library also loans seasonal and character cake pans for that special occasion, and various sets of cookie cutters.

Here are some online sites young people may enjoy:

Kids InfoBits  Kids Infobits  


  Free educational games, online books, and comics. Funbrain, created for kids ages preschool through grade 8, offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading, and literacy.

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