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DATE: Wednesday, June 3, 2015                                                                                                Patricia Parente
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BURLCO LIBRARY SYSTEM PRESENTS 2015 SUMMER READING PROGRAMS
Children, Teens, and Adults Invited to Join the Fun Beginning June 22

 

Reading enthusiasts of all ages are invited to earn prizes and enjoy special programming all summer long by participating in the Burlington County Library System’s 2015 Summer Reading Program, which will kick off at all BCLS library locations on June 22.

With a focus on heroes - from superheroes, to local heroes, to military heroes and more - this year’s Summer Reading theme is “Every Hero Has a Story” for children and “Unmask!” for teens. Young readers will be encouraged to keep track of whatever they read to earn prizes and have fun through Aug. 15. In addition, the library system will present special themed programs all summer long, including magic shows, a superhero training camp, superhero crafts, and more. 

Meanwhile, adults are invited to “Escape the Ordinary” this summer by rating the books they read through Aug. 14 for a chance to win some special library prizes. In addition, adults who work in Burlington County are encouraged get together with co-workers to join the library system’s Workplace Summer Reading Program. The group that reads the most will win a free lunch.

For more information about the summer reading programs and special events, go to the BCLS website www.bcls.lib.nj.us or call any library.
Some of the exciting children’s programs scheduled to be presented this summer are listed below. (Please note: registration is required for these programs unless otherwise indicated.)

COUNTY LIBRARY (Westampton) - (609) 267-9660:
• Summer Reading Kick-off - Superheroes with Sciencetellers on June 23 at 2 p.m. for all ages. Audience volunteers help conduct exciting experiments that make superpowers and heroic deeds come to life. Registration requested; walk-ins welcome as seating allows.
• Summer Reading Kick-off - Heroes, Magic and Books on June 24 at 2 p.m. for all ages. Enjoy magic, comedy and audience participation. Registration requested; walk-ins welcome as seating allows.
• Summer Reading Kick-off - TheSword in the Stone Live Performance on June 26 at 7 p.m. Enjoy a family-friendly live performance of a classic tale at the amphitheater. Registration not required. (In the event of inclement weather, the performance will move inside the library and seating will be limited.)
• Beyond Thor: Viking Heroes and Norse Sagas on July 1 at 2 p.m. for grades one to six. Get a hands-on opportunity to explore objects from everyday Viking life and discover what made the Vikings heroic explorers during this presentation by the American Swedish Historical Museum. .
• Superhero Character Design Art Class on July 9 at 2 p.m. for ages 7 and up. Local comic book artist, animation director, and storyboard artist Dave Bullock discusses and demonstrates how comic books and cartoons are made.
• Mr. Scott “The Music Man” on July 10 at 1 p.m. for the family. The Music Man delivers a creative and energetic interactive concert. Registration requested; walk-ins welcome as seating allows.
• Mad Science Marvels in Motion on July 14 at 2 p.m. for the family. Watch audience members propel across the floor using the Mad Science Rocket car and learn about Newton’s three laws of physics and other properties of the laws of motion and gravity. Registration requested; walks-ins welcome as seating allows.
• From Greek to Geek: Heroes and Heroines through the Ages on July 15 at 2 p.m. for ages 4 and up Ladyhawke, aka Laura Kaighn, is back with multi-cultural tales, props, puppets and more. Learn why heroes never go out of style.
• Brain Wash Game Show on July 22 at 2 p.m. for ages 5 and up. Guests are “transported” onto a game show, complete with podiums, trivia questions and a witty host. Registration requested; walk-ins welcome as seating allows.
• Franklin Institute Heroes of Flight on July 30 at 2 p.m. for the family. Explore the stories of some real-life heroes of flight, from Leonardo da Vinci and Ameila Earhart, to the Wright Brothers and the space shuttle astronauts. Mechanical birds, hot air balloons, gliders, and a rocket launch are used to demonstrate the forces of flight. Registration requested; walk-ins welcome as seating allows.
• Local Heroes: Firemen and EMTs on Aug. 4 at 11 a.m. for all ages.  Meet local heroes from Westampton Township Emergency Services in the parking lot and check out an emergency vehicle or two. Registration requested; walk-ins welcome as seating allows.
• Magic with Joe Holiday on Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. for all ages. This high-energy show features magic, audience participation, popular music, and laugh-out-loud comedy. Registration requested; walk-ins welcome as seating allows.
• Eyes of the Wild: Nature Heroes on Aug. 7 at 2:30 p.m. See some of nature’s true superheroes. Registration requested; walk-ins welcome as seating allows.
• Snakes-N-Scales presents Secrets of the Animal Powers on Aug. 13 for ages 5 and up. Find out which animal characteristics are considered to be “heroic” and meet live animals that display them. Registration requested; walk-ins welcome as seating allows.

BORDENTOWN BRANCH - (609) 298-0622:
• Summer Reading Kickoff Party on June 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for all ages. Pick up your packets, play games and more. Registration not required.
• Reading Rocks Magic Show on July 2 at 11 a.m. for ages 3 and up. Enjoy stage magic, comedy, music, and more.
• Scales and Tales on July 7 at 2 p.m. for ages 3 and up. Learn all about reptiles during this hands-on program presented by Rancocas Nature Center.
• Viking Heroes and Norse Sagas on July 15 at 2 p.m. for ages 5 and up. Get a hands-on opportunity to explore objects from everyday Viking life and discover what made the Vikings heroic explorers.
• Make-and-Take Superhero Masks on July 16 at 10 a.m. for all ages. Create your own superhero mask while supplies last. Registration not required.
• Burlington County Historical Society – Superheroes on July 22 at 6 p.m. for all ages. Kids are invited to come dressed as their favorite superheroes or historical heroes to learn about pulp magazines and vintage Superhero comic books.
• Paws on Wheels on July 23 at 2 p.m. for all ages. Meet animals from Paws Farm.
• Concert for Little Superheroes on July 29 at 2 p.m. for ages 2 and up. Little caped-crusaders enjoy superhero music, storytelling and more.

CINNAMINSON BRANCH - (856) 829-9340:
• Summer Reading Program on June 22 at 10 a.m. for all ages. Pick up you summer reading packet. Registration not required.
• Heroes and Heroines on June 23 at 1:30 p. m. for ages 5 and up. Storyteller Laura Kaighn offers a glimpse of marvelous heroes past and present.
• Tiny Heroes on June 24 at 1:30 p.m. for ages 3 to 7. Join Mr. Malcolm to act out stories about superheroes you know and love.
• Superhero Make-n-Take Craft on June 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for ages 4 and up with their caregivers. Make a fun craft while supplies last. Registration not required.
• Heroes, Magic and Books on July 7 at 1:30 p.m. for ages 4 to 12. Meet Sam Saturn, an astronaut who magically travels back in time to visit libraries on other planets.
• TD Bank Summer Reading Table on July 7 at 2 p.m. for ages 4 and up. TD Bank introduces its 2015 savings program for kids. Registration not required.
• Heroes of Greek Mythology on July 17 at 1:30 p.m. for ages 6 to 12. Hear stories about famous Greek heroes, work together to create giant spider web inspired by Arachne, and more.
• Super Slimy Science on July 21 at 2 p.m. for ages 6 to 12.  Join Mad Science for this slimy class.
• Reading Rocks Magic Show on July 22 at 2 p.m. for ages 6 to 12. Books come alive during this entertaining magic show featuring comedy, music and audience participation.
• Super Hero Make-n-Take on July 23 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for ages 3 to 12. Drop in to make a superhero mask and cape while supplies last. Registration not required.
• Super Readers Party on July 28 at 1:30 p.m. for ages 4 to 12. If you have read eight books or for eight hours so far this summer, come celebrate with ice cream, games and prizes.
• Balloon Workshop on July 29 at 6:30 p.m. for ages 9 to 15. Learn how to make super balloon creations.
• Viking Heroes and Norse Sagas on Aug. 5 at 1:30 p.m. for ages 5 to 12. Get a hands-on opportunity to explore objects from everyday Viking life and discover what made the Vikings heroic explorers during this presentation by the American Swedish Historical Museum.
• Super Origami Workshop on Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m. for ages 6 to 12. Enjoy a super fun time with origami master Scott Gold.
• End-of-Summer Party: Snakes-N-Scales on Aug. 13 at 2 p.m. for ages 4 to 12. Learn about the heroes of the animal kingdom and discover how you too can be a hero.

EVESHAM BRANCH - (856) 983-1444:
• TD Bank Summer Reading Club Information Table on June 22 at 6:15 p.m. for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Stop by to find out how to participate. Registration not required.
• Superheroes with Sciencetellers on June 22 at 7 p.m. for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Experience forces and reactions through exciting, hands-on experiments.
• Superhero Academy on June 24 at 10:30 a.m. for ages 4 and up. Chose you superpower and make your favorite mask, cape, cuffs, shields and more.
• The Sword and the Stone: A Play on June 26 at 2 p.m. for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade. Enjoy a performance by the Traveling Lantern Theater Company.
• Philadelphia Zoo on Wheels on June 29 at 7 p.m. for ages 4 and up. Learn how animals adapt for survival in the wild.
• Brain Bar on July 8 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for ages 3 and up. Join a volunteer from the Franklin Institute to develop a better understanding of the function of the brain.
• Jewelry Making for Tweens on July 21 at 6:30 p.m. for ages 8 to 12.  Practice designing and assembling your own bracelets.
• Sensory Friendly Music and Movement Concert on July 29 at 11 a.m. for all ages. Enjoy a fun concert filled with hands-on, visual and sensory experiences.
• Puzzle Activities with the Franklin Institute on Aug. 3 at 11 a.m. for ages 5 and up. Learn techniques to improve your strategies for solving puzzles.
• Reading Rocks on Aug. 6 at 11 a.m. for ages 5 to 12. Enjoy stage magic, comedy, music and more.

MAPLE SHADE BRANCH - (856) 779-9767:
• Summer Reading Kickoff Party on June 22 at 2 p.m. for all ages. Pick up your packet, pose as a superhero, and celebrate with games and snacks. Registration not required.
• Petting Zoo on July 6 at 2 p.m. for all ages. Meet animals from the Peaceable Kingdom Petting Zoo. Registration not required.
• Super Hero Training on July 8 at 2 p.m. for ages 6 to 12. Make crafts, play games and enjoy hero challenges. Costumes optional.
• Superhero vs Princess Dance Party on July 9 at 10:30 a.m. for ages 6 and under. Dress up as your favorite hero or princess (or in any other costume) to play musical chairs, dance and more.
• From Greek to Geek: Heroes through the Ages on July 21 at 2 p.m. for ages 6 to 14. Enjoy an interactive program that features stories, props, puppets and more.
• Reading Rocks on July 22 at 11 a.m. for all ages. Enjoy stage magic, comedy, music, and more.
• Super Villain Training on July 28 at 2 p.m. for ages 5 to 12. Enjoy crafts, games and challenges.
• End of Summer Party on Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. for all ages. Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program with snack and sundaes and then enjoy the Scales and Turtle Tales show at 2 p.m.

MEDFORD BRANCH - (609) 654-6113:
• Music Exploration on July 1, 15, 29 and Aug. 12 at 1:30 p.m. for ages 7 to 9. The NJ School of Music presents a musical instrument for kids to hear and “play.”
• Reading Rocks Magic Show on July 2 at 2 p.m. for ages 3 and up. Enjoy stage magic, comedy, music and more. Music Exploration on July 8, 22 and Aug. 5 at 1:30 p.m. for ages 4 to 6. The NJ School of Music presents a musical instrument for kids to hear and “play.”
• Concert for Little Superheroes on July 28 at 2 p.m. for ages 2 to 12. Little caped-crusaders enjoy superhero music, storytelling and more.

PEMBERTON BRANCH - (609) 893-8262:
• Super Signal Make-n-Take Craft July 6 to 10 during library hours for all ages. Drop by to create your own superhero signal that, with the help of a flashlight, will appear in the dark. Registration not required.
• Superhero Scavenger Hunt on July 9 at 11 a.m. for all ages. Go on a superhero scavenger hunt in the library.
• Reading Rocks Magic Show on July 9 at 2 p.m. for all ages. Enjoy a unique magic show all about reading.
• Piccirillo Sciencetelling on July 13 at 2 p.m. for ages 5 to 12. Enjoy an entertaining program all about science.
• Superhero Lock-in on July 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. for ages 8 to 12. Enjoy superhero-themed games, activities and more during this after-hours event. (Permission slip required.)
• Superhero Trivia on July 22 at 3 p.m. for ages 5 and up. See how well you know the Marvel and DC superheroes for a chance to win a prize.
• Superhero Costume Accessory Make-n-Take Craft July 27 to July 31 for all ages. Drop in to make superhero cuffs and shields. Registration not required.
• Big Hero Science on July 27 at 2 p.m. for ages 5 and up. Join us for science experiments inspired by the movie “Big Hero 6.”
• Turtle Dance Music on July 28 at 11 a.m. for all ages. Enjoy this concert for little superheroes.
• Paws Farm on Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. for ages 3 and up. Meet some animal friends from Paws Farm.
• Local Heroes Party on Aug. 6 at 10:30 a.m. for ages 2 to 4 with their caregivers. Celebrate local heroes.
• End-of-Summer Reading Party on Aug. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 12 and under.  Summer Reading Program participants are invited to celebrate with puppet shows, balloons, face painting, games and more.

RIVERTON BRANCH - (856) 829-2476
• Reading Rocks Magic Show on July 9 at 11 a.m. for all ages. Enjoy stage magic, comedy, music and more.
• Art Comes to the Library on July 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 6:30 p.m. for ages 10 to 13. Enjoy themed art workshops every Monday in July.
• Snakes-N-Scales Present Secrets of Animals’ Powers on July 22 at 10:30 a.m. for all ages. See animals up close and learn how they help us become heroes.

 

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