Submitted by The Timberland Regional Library
Between the last day of school and Labor Day, Timberland Regional Library (TRL) will present over 700 programs that blend reading with all kinds of summer excitement. This year, the focus is on heroes and the things heroes do. There will be heroic games and stories, comedy, puppet shows, plays, music and magic.
Summer’s Best Destination
Each year, starting in October, librarians begin to prepare for summer. By early June, they are eager to share exciting new programs and beloved favorites that make the library a summer destination of choice. Even with all the books, computers, toys, games, movies and events, it is often the librarians that are the biggest draw for young patrons. Librarians listen and talk, laugh, play and share their love of reading and discovery. For some kids, their favorite librarians might seem like superheroes.
For children, this year’s theme is “Every Hero Has a Story.”
There will be superhero story times, guessing jars, movies and scavenger hunts. Hometown heroes – fire-fighters and police officers – will talk about how they keep people safe. Kids will get crafty at superhero “crafternoons” and graduate from Superhero Training Academy.
For a complete list of activities, go to children and family programs on the website.
District-wide, featured performers, web links and program titles are listed below:
- Perennial favorite, Magician Jeff Evans, will present “The Magical Adventures of Super Reader”
- Juggler and interactive storyteller Chris Fascione will present “Juggling Funny Stories”
- Olympia Family Theater will perform “American Tall Tales”
- Mary Shaver Puppets will perform “Issun Boshi: Little One-Inch Samurai”
- Rock ‘n Roll Adventurers, the Brian Waite Band, will present “Rumble in Rock’em City”
- Children’s singer/songwriter Nancy Stewart will present “Hats off to Heroes”
- Everyone loves the folk music of Brownsmead Flats
The Food and Book Drive offers everyone the opportunity to be a community hero. All summer long, libraries will accept nonperishable food items and new or gently used children’s books. All donations will go to local food banks.
Teens will find their local libraries great places to hang-out, meet new friends and have their own kind of fun – writing groups, arts and crafts workshops, book clubs, conversation, cosplay. In many libraries, the Marvel superhero movies will play in sequence, and whenever possible, there will be snacks. For a complete list of activities, please go to Summer Reading programs for teens on the website.
Comic Strip Contest – Teens, grades 6 through 12, are invited to create original, five-panel comic strips. Entries will be accepted from June 10 through August 31. Winning entries will be featured on TRL’s TeenTumblr, Teen Facebook, on the TRL website, and published as bookmarks.
Minecraft Contest – Kids and teens, grades 3 through 12, are invited to build a setting or scene from a favorite book in Minecraft and enter their creations online from June 10 through August 31. Winning entries will be featured on TRL’s TeenTumblr, Teen Facebook, on the TRL website.
The “Cons” – Teens will find fun and friends with similar interests at these celebrations of pop culture “fandoms” focusing on books, comics, television and movies such as Dr. Who, Game of Thrones, Marvel and Sherlock.
- In Thurston County, FanatiCon, July 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. – Tumwater Timberland Library
- In Pacific County, WillapaNerdiCon, July 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. – Raymond Timberland Library
- In Grays Harbor County, HarborCon, July 25 from 6 to 8 .m. – Aberdeen Timberland Library
- In Mason County, Comic Con, July 16 from 2 to 3 p.m – North Mason Timberland Library
Artists’ Alley Week, July 14-16 – Manga artist Nicole Pelham and cartoonist/illustrator Zoey Hogan will lead workshops, teaching the basics of comics creation, such as: how to draw the human face and figure, create unique characters, set up a comic page, bring characters to life, and combine story elements with illustrations.
Comics & Manga Upcycled – Sixteen libraries will feature comic and manga programs using American and Japanese (“Manga”) comics to make masks, bookmarks, pendant necklaces and light-switch covers.
For a complete schedule and program details, contact your local library or visit the events calendar. All Timberland Regional Library programs are free and open to the public.