School is out, and the summer fun is just beginning at your library. To begin with, have you signed up for a summer reading club yet?  There are programs for all ages, including adults, and all of them have great incentive prizes.  Once you’re signed up, you can report what you’ve read starting July 3.

The library is closed Sundays in July and August.  Sunday hours will resume after Labor Day.  The library will also be closed on Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

We will be open the rest of the week with some very patriotic special programming. On Thursday, July 6 at 7:00 pm, come to hear local author Joseph Belardo. Dusterman: Vietnam; Story of the Last Great Gunfighters is a transcript of Joe Belardo's diary and memoirs, including photographs, from his time in Vietnam. He served in a specialized Army mobile combat team along the DMZ in 1967 and 1968 during the infamous TET Offensive. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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Join us for a musical celebration of the great American composers and lyricists who together crafted a body of work that is uniquely American. The Star Spangled Songbook will be presented on Saturday, July 8 at 2:00 pm.  Dave DeLuca as will sing songs from the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s, from Tin Pan Alley to Broadway, from jazz standards to the songs that won the war. The performance is a musical journey through the lives of the people we call the "Greatest Generation.”  Please register in advance for what is certain to be a popular presentation.

Don’t forget about our ongoing programs.  English conversation groups will continue through the month of July at 10:30 am on Mondays and 4:00 pm on Wednesdays.  Speakers of all languages are invited to join.  The Tuesday afternoon book club meets on July 11 at 4:00 pm to discuss A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny. Job searching advice and computer instruction are available by appointment.

And what about the children? They have not been forgotten! Along with the summer reading clubs, there are a whole host of new ongoing groups and lots of special, one-time events.

The Summer Science League for students entering grades 6 through 12 will meet on Monday afternoons at 3:00 pm, starting on July 3 and continuing through August 14. Small groups of participants will develop ideas and perform experiments that will culminate in a science fair at the end of the summer. Participants do not have to attend every session.  Registration is required.

Summer book discussion groups for children are available for a range of ages and interests.  The Kid’s Book Club for ages 8 to 10 will meet on Monday nights starting July 3 at 6:30 pm.  They’ll be discussing the popular Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer; be sure to pick up a copy and join them.

The Beginner Book Club meets on two Thursdays, July 6 and July 27 at 6:30 pm.  Children ages 6 to 8 will read an easy reader title together and discuss what they’ve read.  It’s a great way to develop reading comprehension and an introduction to discussion groups as well.

The G.R.E.A.T. book club is for girls entering 4th through 6th grades.  This group of Girls Reading, Educating, and Achieving Together features a discussion of the junior version of Hidden Figures, the amazing true story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program and the basis for the recent hit movie.  The group will be led by two teenage volunteers and will meet on Saturday afternoons at 1:00 pm starting on July 15. You must register in the Children’s room for this club; space is limited.

All future engineers and other curious, crafty kids are invited to join the LEGO Builders Club which meets at 3:00 pm Thursday afternoons starting July 6. There will be a wide assortment of LEGO pieces to encourage creativity.  Miss Stella will also be available at that time to speak to parents interested in homeschooling.

New for summer is the Chess Club that will meet every Tuesday afternoon from July 11 through August 15 at 12:30 pm.  Children ages 6 and up will be matched by skill level from beginner to advanced.  Bring your own board or play on one of ours.

Chess is not the only game on the schedule. Friday, July 7 at 3:00 pm is Family Game Day.  Come and play one of our board games or bring a family favorite to share. Adults are encouraged to participate in this one-time event as well, so bring along parents, grandparents, aunts uncles and the whole family.

Most games fit on a tabletop, but if you like something bigger, come play Life Size Board Games on Friday, July 14 at 3:00 pm. Tweens and teens ages 9 and up will play classic games with gigantic pieces. It’s enormous fun!

There’s so much more.  Come into the library or search our website to find out about special kids’ events (The Lizard Guys, music from Mr. Kurt and Mr. Scott, plus crafts and games and movies and more)