June 24, 2019


Summer Programs at Florida Public Library


Florida Public Library’s annual summer reading program, geared to the New York State theme “A Universe of Stories,” begins with a kick-off party for all ages featuring “My Mother The Astronaut” by The Traveling Lantern Theatre Company on Monday, July 1 at 2 p.m. in the Seward Senior Center. Each attendee must register in advance and have a ticket for this event. Children in Grade 3 (completed) may attend on their own while parents are invited to check out a used book sale at FPL during the program; younger children must be accompanied by an adult.

Before or after the party, kids may register for the summer reading clubs and sign up for weekly summer programs that run through the month of July.  Children read on their grade level and earn weekly prizes.   Registration is required for both the summer reading club and all summer programs which are open to residents of the Florida Union Free School District. Residents from outside the district may register for programs as space allows and will be placed on a waiting list as necessary. Complete program information is available in the Summer Reading Brochure which was sent home with students and is online. Register for programs at www.floridapubliclibrary.org on the Event Calendar. Sign up for the kick-off party and reading clubs is in-person only at the library.

Miss Beth will lead programs for families and school-aged kids on Mondays.  A drop-in program for the whole family at 11 a.m. will include an opportunity to build your own kaleidoscope, create your own paint, make some galaxy dough and meet some gentle therapy rabbits. At 4 p.m., children who have completed grade K-2 will enjoy a variety of programs including making their own rockets on July 8, a special art class with S.S. Seward art teacher Francesca Allen on July 15, stained glass ornaments on July 22 and wet and soapy outdoor “Fun with EaZyBubbles” on July 29.

On Tuesdays, Tweens (Grades 3 – 5 completed) will meet at 5 p.m. each week. Program sessions include creating a galaxy nightlight, tie-dying, a special art class with Mrs. Allen and ice cream making. Fridays are for Teens (for grades 6 and up) and will include video and board game days and a two-day workshop on the library’s new online coding program, Vidcode. Tweens & Teens are also invited to participate in the 8th Annual Chef Challenge at the Florida Farmers Market at 1pm on July 23rd.

On Wednesdays, summer programs for toddlers with Miss Maria are scheduled. The Little Stars (age 12-35 months) will meet at 10:30 a.m. for felt board fun, read-aloud favorites and simple crafts. A parent or other adult must accompany all children.                 The Meteorites (age 3-5) preschool program will be held on Thursdays at 4 p.m.  They will meet for fun on their own to sing songs, recite rhymes and make simple crafts with Mrs. S.  Bumblesong will present a music session on August 1.  A parent or guardian must remain in the library during these programs.

Special events include “Night Lights” storytelling for families with Boston storyteller Diane Edgecomb on July 18, a visit from Everything Animals Resources on July 20 and a craft makerspace day on July 27.  The 23rd Annual Campfire Storytimes at Glenmere Lake on Thursdays, July 11 and 25 will feature members of the Black Dirt Storytelling Guild telling stories for the whole family. Marshmallows and sticks will be provided. Bring your own blankets or chairs to sit on.

FPL continues a weekly outreach program on Thursday afternoons to the Village of Florida’s summer recreation program. These sessions will feature books, games and crafts related to the summer theme plus “Insect Comedy” storytelling with Diane Edgecomb. Miss Maria will also visit Florida ABCD weekly to bring a bilingual “Gardening with Preschoolers” program and summer reading logs and prizes to Spanish-speaking preschoolers. This program is supported by grant funds from the New York State Library’s Family Literacy Services Program.

Adult and Family programs will take place on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, including Lunar Impact on July 10, Knit and Crochet Circle on July 15 and Summer Smoothies with Gina on July 17. On July 18, NASA Ambassador John Fontana will present an historic look at the Apollo moon landing of interest to all ages. The annual Summer Poetry Café returns on Friday, July 19 at 6:45 p.m. with featured poets Walter Worden and Rita Ingeborg Hunken and will be emceed by Orange County Poet Laureate Robert Milby.  Farm to Table Pasta Salads will be on July 24 and Family Game Night Café on July 31.

Two adult book clubs will also continue to meet in the summer. The Mystery Book Club will meet on July 12 at 1 p.m. to discuss The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz.  The Page Turners Book Club will read Rise and Shine Benedict Stone by Phaedra Patrick and will have a wrap-up party with prize drawings on August 1. A full list of programs for all ages can be found on our website at www.floridapubliclibrary.org.  A selection of free museum passes for local and city attractions are available and especially popular during the summer. These and several summer programs are generously sponsored by the Friends of the FPL.

To wrap up Summer Reading Programs, a treat is planned for the whole family on Friday, August 2 at 6 p.m. with David Engel and his Space Academy.  Buzz McSpeedy arrives direct from NASA Training Facility in Houston to train attendees for the rigors of Space Travel.  There will be free ice cream sundaes for all to enjoy.   Prize books will be available for kids who meet their reading goal and winners will be drawn for the Outer Space Gnome Scavenger Hunt.

The library is located at 4 Cohen Circle behind Florida Village Hall and is open Monday -Thursday 10-8, Friday and Saturday 10-5, closed Sunday during the summer. Wi-Fi is available on our rear deck anytime. Call (845) 651-7659 for information on programs and services.

For more information contact:
Meg Sgombick
Library Assistant