Children’s Summer Reading Program 2022

Summer Reading Program 2022: Read Beyond the Beaten Path
July 5 – August 12, 2022

Register July 5th to start earning badges, logging your children’s reading, participating in library programs, and winning fantastic prizes! Our Children’s Summer Reading Program is online or on paper.  Parents and caregivers, can pick up game cards for ages 0-5 or 6-10 in the Children’s Room.

We also have a program for teens/tweens (ages 11-17) and adults! To learn more visit our Teen Summer Reading Program webpage or our Adult Summer Reading Program webpage.

To register for the online program go to: rogersfreelibrary.beanstack.org

How it Works

Step 1: Register for the program online or pick up a game card at the library.

Step 2: Read books, attend library programs, and earn badges.

Step 3: Win prizes.

Prizes*
Children can earn and win giveaway books, toys and gift cards to local Bristol businesses!

Programs & Events for Children & Families


Make Seed Balls to PlantPilkey dragon digging with a shovel
Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 10:00-11:15 am

If the weather is good, come to the courtyard garden to make seed balls to plant. We will mix special dirt with water and wildflower seeds. The seeds will grow flowers that bees and butterflies like best. Be prepared to get dirty!

ages 4-12

Location: Courtyard Garden

In case of rain, join us in the Herreshoff Community Room.


All Ages Storytime with Miss Erinpilkey dragon with book and cats
Wednesdays, July 6-August 10, 2022, 10:00 – 10:30 am

This fun storytime will include stories, interactive songs and rhymes and a Grab & Go Craft Kit (while supplies last). Children, parents and caregivers, join us in the Courtyard Garden (or on Rainbow Rug in the Children’s Room if the weather is bad). No registration needed!

For children ages 0-7 and their parents or caregivers

Location: Courtyard Garden


just roll with it book cover shows a girl in a school hallway holding her backpack straps with other kids and lockers in the backgroundGraphic Novel Book Group – Virtual
Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 6:00-8:00 pm
Just Roll With It by Lee Durfey-Lavoie and Veronica Agarwal

Read this month’s graphic novel about a girl named Maggie then chat with us about what you liked (or didn’t like) about the book!

Starting middle school is hard enough when you don’t know anyone; it’s even harder when you’re shy. A contemporary middle-grade graphic novel for fans of Guts and Real Friends about how dealing with anxiety and OCD can affect everyday life. As long as Maggie rolls the right number, nothing can go wrong…right? …

RSVP required. Please register HERE.

ages 8 & up

Location: Zoom


pilkey dragon with book and catsMrs. Katz & Her Hats Storytime
Thursdays, July 7-August 11, 2022, 5:30-6:00 pm

Come see which hats Mrs. Katz will wear during this fun storytime! Mrs. Katz’s collection of hats has grown to over 200 hats! Once a month, Mrs. Katz has a special giveaway sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Parents and caregivers, storytimes are every Thursday!

ages 2-8

Location: Children’s Room


pilkey cat with bubblesMr. Vinny the Bubble Guy
Thursday, July 7, 2022, 10:00 – 11:00 am

Watch, chase, pop and play with giant bubbles created by Mr. Vinny, The Bubble Guy! Children will be awed by Mr. Vinny’s amazing bubble creations. It’s a fun and interactive show!

For children ages 0-11 and their families

Location: Linden Place Garden


Planting Flowers for PollinatorsPilkey dragon digging with a shovel
Friday, July 8, 2022, 10:00 – 11:00 am

This is a hands-on workshop to learn about bees, birds and butterflies that pollinate flowers so they can produce seeds! We will plant some seeds that will grow into plants that pollinators like. Please register so that everyone will have a chance to plant some seeds and take them home!

Please note: Since soil is involved, children might get dirty!

Limited to 60 participants. RSVP required. Please register HERE.

For children ages 4-11 and their families

Location: Courtyard Garden


trees with path stamp pad stamp and carving tools for letterboxingLetterboxing 101
Saturday, July 9, 2022, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Do you or your family love to hike, make art, participate in treasure hunts, solve puzzles, or all of the above? In this workshop you will learn about the history of letterboxing, what it entails, how to carve a signature stamp, the supplies you’ll need to get started, and how to find clues online. Did you know there are a dozen boxes hidden right here in Bristol and hundreds within a fifteen mile drive?

Limited to 20 participants. RSVP required. Please register HERE.

For individuals and families with children aged 5 & up

Location: Herreshoff Community Room

Sponsored by the Friends of the Rogers Free Library.


Cartoonagrams with Steve B.Pilkey dragon with pallette
Monday, July 11, 2022, 11:00-11:45 am or
Monday, July 18, 2022, 4:00-4:45 pm

Learn how to draw cartoons using the letters of the alphabet from the amazing Steve B. Can you draw a bear with the letters b-e-a-r? Audience participation is part of the fun! Paper and crayons provided.

Limited to 40 participants. RSVP required. Please register HERE.

ages 8-18

Location: Herreshoff Community Room


Tunes-N-TalesDragon with guitar and music notes
Thursday, July 14, 2022, 10:30 – 11:15 am

All Around the Campfire is the theme for Anne-Marie Forer’s music program for young children! Anne-Marie tells stories and sings, with the help of the audience!

ages 2-7

Location: Linden Place Garden

In case of rain, join us in the Herreshoff Room!


Crafts for KidsPilkey dragon with pallette
Fridays, July 15, July 22, July 29 & August 5, 2022, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Crafts for kids will have 4-5 different crafts to make at every meeting! Bristol teens will lead the young crafters in making all kinds of crafts including slime, paper crafts and even paintings! No sign ups needed!

ages 4-12

Location: Herreshoff Community Room


how to win a slime war book coverKids Book Clubblue dragon sweeping green slime
How to Win a Slime War by Mae Respicio
Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 6:00-7:15 pm

Read How to Win a Slime War then come to the meeting to discuss the book and make two kinds of slime! This book is the 2022 Kids Reading Across Rhode Island winner! Pick up your free copy of the book and some related questions to discuss in the Children’s Room.

Limited to 15 participants. RSVP Required. Register HERE.

ages 8-12

Location: Herreshoff Community Room


Kismet Kids: Family Friendly Comedyblue dragon holds up a roll over sign to a grey striped cat
Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Playing and performing alongside the Kismet Kids actors, we will build worlds, funny games, characters and more! Every show is different and tailored to the audience. Fun for the entire family!

Limited to 60 participants. RSVP required. Register HERE.

For children ages 5-11 and their families

Location: Herreshoff Community Room


I Survived Book Club
Thursday, July 21, 2022, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Join Miss Charlotte for the “I Survived” Book Club! A copy of the book, along with activity sheets and a craft will need to be picked up at the library. Please register early to get the kit!

i survived the attack of the grizzlies book cover

I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies, 1967
by Lauren Tarshis

 

Limited to 12 participants. Register HERE

ages 8-11

Location: Quiet Study South & Zoom

 


Pilkey cat with pink binoculars around neckParticipating in Citizen Science Projects
Saturday, July 23, 2022, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Citizen Science allows us all to actively participate in collecting scientific data on our natural world.  That data can then be used and interpreted by trained scientists (who value your contributions)! Would you like to learn how you can contribute to citizen science projects around the globe? The library is launching three new citizen science kits: Observing Pollinators, Exploring Biodiversity and Measuring Light in the Night Sky.  We will discuss how to use these kits, as well as the popular citizen science app, iNaturalist.  Then we will go out into the world and do a little exploring and data gathering! We’ll be joined by local naturalist and bird expert Colleen Donovan, as we walk the nearby bike path to make some nature observations. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your binoculars if you have them!

RSVP required. Please RSVP HERE.

all ages

Location: Herreshoff Community Room & Outside (weather permitting)


drawing of two coniferous trees and one deciduous treeTomaquag Museum Talk: Who are the Eastern Woodland People?
Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Silvermoon LaRose of Tomaquag Museum is a Narragansett tribal member and cultural educator who will join us to offer a first person perspective on the history, culture and arts of Southern New England Tribal communities. There will be cultural items for viewing and interacting with as well. Audience participation is welcome!

Limited to 45 participants. RSVP Required. Register HERE.

ages 8 & up

Location: Herreshoff Community Room


cartoon drawing of yellow wind turbines in grass and solar panel in grass with sun behind itSTEM Workshop: Build a Mini Wind Turbine & Solar Lab
Thursday, July 28, 2022, 6:00 – 7:50 pm

This is a STEM activity! Come to make your own Mini Wind Turbine and Solar Lab! Eight kits are ready to be assembled!

Limited to 8 participants. RSVP required.

For teens and tweens ages 11-14

Location: Herreshoff Community Room


camp book cover with cabins in the background and kids in the foreground wavingGraphic Novel Book Group – Virtual
Wednesday, August 3, 2022, 6:00-8:00 pm
Camp
by Kayla Miller

Read this month’s graphic novel about camp – the perfect theme for our summer reading program! Chat with us about what you liked (or didn’t like) about this month’s book!

Olive and Willow are happy campers! Or are they? Olive is sure she’ll have the best time at summer camp with her friend Willow – but while Olive makes quick friends with the other campers, Willow struggles to form connections and latches on to the only person she knows – Olive. It’s s’more than Olive can handle! The stress of being Willow’s living security blanket begins to wear on Olive and before long … the girls aren’t just fighting, they may not even be friends by the time camp is over. Will the two be able to patch things up before the final lights out?

RSVP required. Please register HERE.

ages 8 & up

Location: Zoom


Toe Jam Puppet BandDragon with guitar and music notes
Thursday, August 4, 2022, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

This is a great show for children but parents will enjoy it too!
Audience members are encouraged to sing and dance along with Toe Jam as they entertain with original music and story telling!

all ages

Location: Linden Place Garden


Crafts for KidsPilkey dragon with pallette
Wednesday, August 3, 2022, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Crafts for Kids will have 4-5 different crafts to make! Bristol teens will lead the young crafters in making all kinds of crafts including slime, paper crafts and even paintings! No sign ups needed!

ages 4-12

Location: Herreshoff Community Room


Last Day Celebration!blue dragon with purple wizard hat and red apple on the ground
Friday, August 12, 2022, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come to the Linden Place Garden, in costume for the costume contest! Make a craft and get settled for Steve Johnson’s concert!

Steve Johnson’s Family Concert
Friday, August 12, 2022, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Get everyone in the family singing, dancing and clapping along to some classic children’s, folk and traditional songs. Steve Johnson has been performing children’s music for over 15 years and will engage and entertain families, bringing everyone into the show with singing, moving and playing along to a playlist of great songs!

all ages

Location: Linden Place Garden


*To be eligible for prizes you must be an Ocean State Library library card holder. Rogers Free Library is part of the Ocean State Library system. Prize winners are expected to pick up their prizes in person at the Rogers Free Library.