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Summer Reading Program 2023: All Together Now – Children’s

July 5th – August 18th, 2023

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This summer,  celebrate kindness, friendship, and community with Rogers Free Library Summer Reading Program: All Together Now! Beginning July 5th,  log your children’s reading, participate in library programs, and win fantastic prizes!

Our Children’s Summer Reading Program is on paper.  Parents, caregivers, and children can pick up logs for ages 0-5 or 6-10 in the Children’s Room. Teens are encouraged to participate in the Adult and Teen Summer Reading Program and can grab their reading passport at Main Circulation.

Reading recommendations from the Bristol Warren Regional School District can be found on our Reading and Resources Page.

We also have a program for teens and adults! To learn more visit our Adult and Teen Summer Reading Program webpage.

How it Works:

  • Choose your goal! Decide how many books you want to read, or how many minutes you want to read this summer. Pick up your log in the Children’s Room or at Main Circulation.
  • Read books, attend programs, mark your progress!
  • Once your goal is reached, visit the Children’s Room to spin the prize wheel! You will also enter the raffle for our Awesome Summer Reading Gift Baskets

Children can win giveaway books, toys and gift cards to local Bristol businesses by completing their goal! They will also enter to win one of our Awesome Summer Reading Gift Baskets!

Click each heading below to see all the programs in that category

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Minecraft Mondays!

Every Monday the library is open, 3:45-4:45 pm, Teen Space

Minecraft Mondays are here at Rogers Free Library! Don’t have a Minecraft account? Don’t worry, we will provide you with one! Play with your friends and get building!
Laptops and Switches available for those who register, or bring your own device if you’d like.
All levels of experience are welcome.
Best for ages 10 and up.

Registration is required. Please register for each individual session you can attended on our calendar here.

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Children’s Craft

Every Tuesday the library is open, 11-12 pm, Children’s Room

Children’s craft will have a different craft each week for children to make! Miss Sarah will lead the young crafters in making all kinds of crafts including paper crafts, magnets, and more.

No sign ups needed, but materials are limited. This will be first come, first served.

Best for ages 2-8.

The craft on Tuesday, August 7 is Japanese Paper Fans. The Japan-America Society of RI is teaching!

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Video Game Hour

Every Tuesday the library is open, 3:30-4:30 pm, Teen Space

Come hang out in the Teen Space for Video Game Hour! We will have gaming PC’s, Switch’s, and a PS5 set up available so you can game with your friends. Feel free to bring your own device too! Games include Mario Kart, Minecraft, Roblox, Super Smash Bros, and more!

Best for age 10-18.

Space is limited. Please register for each individual session you can attend on our calendar here.

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Squishy Circuits

Every Wednesday the library is open, 10:00 – 11:00 am, Teen Space

Squishy Circuits uses conductive and insulating play dough to teach the basics of electrical circuits, a perfect blend of play and learning!

Get creative while learning about circuit basics! 

Best for ages 5-8. 

This program will be broken up into two sessions lasting 3 weeks each.

Space is limited. Please register for each day of the 3 week session you can attend on our calendar here

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Reading Fur Fun!

Every Wednesday the library is open, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Children’s Room

Join Astro and his mom Robin at Reading Fur Fun! Children will have the opportunity to read a story to Astro for 20 minute sessions, every Wednesday. This program has taken place at libraries across the nation, and is known for improving children’s reading skills!

Best for ages 5-9.

This program will be broken up into two sessions lasting 3 weeks each. This is a trial program, and has very limited availability (6 children total.) Please only register if you can commit to a 3 week session. Please register for each day of the 3 week session you can attend on our calendar here

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Circuitry Sewing

Every Thursday the library is open, 11:00 – 12:00 pm, Teen Space

Circuitry sewing involves conductive thread, LED lights, and coin batteries sewn into fabric, such as felt.

Learn to sew, Create a circuit, and Design wearable art!

Ages 9-13.

This program will be broken up into two sessions lasting 3 weeks each.

Space is limited. Please register for each day of the 3 week session you can attend on our calendar here

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Make Your Own Dinosaur Fossils

Saturday, August 5, 11:30 am – 1:45 pm, Herreshoff Community Room

Let’s get ready to travel back in time to the land of the dinosaurs! Join Miss Sarah to create your own Dinosaur fossil.

Then, come back and visit the library on Thursday, August 10th at 10:30 am as we welcome the Audubon Society and their program, Nature Stories: Dinosaurs! Register for that storytime here.

Best for ages 7-12.

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Toe Jam Puppet Band

Monday, July 31st, 2022, 5-5:45 pm, Linden Place Garden

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!

This is an all ages program.

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Dave Marchetti’s Animal Experience

Friday, August 4th at 10:00-11:00 am & 11:30-12:30 pm, Herreshoff Room

Come learn and meet a variety of different animals with Dave Marchetti’s Animal Experience. Fun for the entire family.

All ages program.

No registration needed, but please only attended one session to give everyone a chance to meet the animals!

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Audubon Nature Stories: Dinosaurs

Thursday, August 10th, 10:30-11 am, Children’s Room

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island will be visiting Rogers Free Library to talk about Dinosaurs! This program includes a story, activities, and a live animal! 

Registration is required. Please register on our calendar here.

Best for ages 2-12.

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End of Summer Reading Bash

Friday, August 18th, 10:00am – 1:00 pm, Courtyard Garden

Celebrate the end of summer and our Children’s Summer Reading program on Friday, August 18th from 10 am- 1 pm. There will be a small parade around the block, a costume contest, crafts, snacks, a photo booth, a balloon twister, and more! Everyone who participates in the parade and/or costume contest will get a prize. We will also be announcing the winners of the Summer Reading Gift Basket raffle.
Please check our website for the most up-to-date information.

For all ages, crafts are best for ages 2-12.

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All Ages Storytime with Miss Erin

Every Thursday, until August 17th, 2023, 10:00 – 10:30 am, Courtyard Garden

This fun story time 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).

For children ages 0-7 and their parents or caregivers

No registration needed!

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Mrs. Katz & Her Hats Storytime
Every Thursday in August, 2023, 5:30-6:00 pm
, Children’s Room

Come see which hats Mrs. Katz will wear during this fun story time! 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

No registration needed.

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I Live in Tokyo Storytime

Thursday, August 10th, 6-6:45 pm, Children’s Room

Stick around after Mrs. Katz’s Storytime to read Mari Takabayashi’s I Live in Tokyo with Miss Sarah!

There will be take-home crafts (fish kites) after this storytime. Bring them to the parade on Saturday August 12th at Independence Park.

Best for ages 2-8.

No registration is needed.

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Storytime at Mount Hope Farm

Tuesday, August 15th, 10-11 am, Mount Hope Farm StoryWalk®

Join Miss Sarah for a story time and craft at Mount Hope Farm this summer! The story times will be June 20th, July 11th, and August 15th, all at 10am at the farm. Miss Sarah will read the StoryWalk® title and an additional book, followed by a craft.

Best for ages 0-8.

No registration is needed.

Our visit from Dusty, the miniature horse, has been postponed to next Saturday, September 30 at 10 am.