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Build A Better World Summer Reading 2017
Children 5 years old and younger
To participate in our summer reading program, please stop by the Youth Services desk any time between June 1st – July 20th and register your child. Decide how many books you & your child will read, and we will give you a calendar to keep a daily tally. Stop by the library any time and transfer your totals to our copy of the calendar. We will give your child a sticker for each book to decorate their library poster. When your child meets their goal, they will receive a book.
You can also pick up a Preschool Play Card with weekly activities to help you talk, read, sing, play, and write with your child. When you’ve completed your activities for the the week, stop by the library and collect a small prize. If you complete the whole card, your name will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize.
While you are in the library, you could add a link to our kindness chain by writing down a time you did something nice for someone.
Mother Goose Storytime
Mother Goose storytime is provided for our patrons who are 18 months old and younger with their caregivers. This 15-20 minute storytime includes songs, bounces, and fingerplays led by a librarian, as well as age appropriate books. Board books will be available after storytime to share with your baby. Space is limited, so registration is required. Please call 434-4458 to register for either Tuesday or Wednesday, June 13th – July 19th at 9:30 am.
Children 18 – 36 months with their caregivers are welcome to attend this 20 minute storytime. We will share stories, flannelboard games, songs and fingerplays. This program is offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:15 am.
This half hour long program of books, songs, and fingerplays is provided for children ages three to five. It takes place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:00 am. The stories will be the same for all programs throughout the week.
Two librarians will guide the room through dance and movement based on children’s songs. This program is for our patrons 5 years old and younger, and due to the size of the room is limited to the first 100 people to arrive. It takes place on Monday, June 19th, July 3rd & 17th at 10:00 am.
Children 6 to 12 years old
Register online with our Summer Reading Club on May 1st. Decide how many minutes you want to read. Jot down the minutes each time you read and enter them in your online profile whenever it’s convenient. When you’ve met your goal, you can stop by the library and receive a free book.
Pick up a “Build a Better World” game card at the library. Do the activities and stop by the Youth Services desk to let us know what you’ve completed. We will give away a different prize per week. When you complete your card your name will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize.
While you are in the library add a link to our kindness chain by writing down a time you did something nice for someone else.
Special Event Thursdays at 11:00 am
Designed for ages 5 – 12 (but open to everyone)
June 8th – Billy Jonas
Billy Jonas is a singer-songwriter who uses voice, guitar, and musical instruments made from found, foraged, and recyclable objects, like pots, pans, tin cans, buckets, keys, and broomsticks. He wants you to join him in creating joy-filled music. Jonas has received numerous honors and awards, including an American Federation of Independent Musicians 1st place/Gold, multiple Parents Choice Golds, and a New York Times “Best” listing. Visit www.billyjonas.com to learn more.
June 15th – Steven James
Steven James is a bestselling novelist with a Master’s Degree in Storytelling. His book Story Trumps Structure won a Storytelling World award, and he has taught writing and storytelling around the world. Steven has performed storytelling show for children and families for 20 years and has two story albums: The Shell Slide, and The Genetically Altered Nine-Foot-Tall Killer Mutant Chicken. His website can be found at www.stevenjames.net.
June 22nd – The Spoon Man
Jim Cruise is The Spoon Man; he’s a madcap performer who turns two spoons into a memorable percussion concert. He might pull you up on stage to be part of the band, too. Cruise has performed for over 30 years and has published a book titled Spoon Boy. Check out his website at getspooned.com.
June 29th – Matt Fore
Matt Fore is a local magician and comedian who has performed on national TV shows, including Crook & Chase and Fox Sports. Find out more at Mattfore.com.
July 6th – Safari Greg
Safari Greg includes awesome animals in his zany, funny magic show. Greg has been an educational entertainer for over 20 years and was voted Nashville’s Favorite Party Entertainer by Parent Magazine. Visit his website at www.safarigreg.com.
July 13th – Michael Shoulders
Michael Shoulders is the author of multiple books including V is for Volunteer: A Tennessee Alphabet, and Count on Us: A Tennessee Number Book. Shoulders uses humor (and a bit of magic) to talk about how a book is researched, written, and published. His website can be found at www.michaelshoulders.com.
Special Event Mondays at 6:30 pm
June 12th – Knoxville Zoo
A Zoo educator will bring one or two live Animal Ambassadors from the Knoxville Zoo to teach us about animal habitats, life cycles, and conservation efforts. Other animal artifacts will be available to see and touch.
July 10th – Mr. Bond and the Science Guys
The Science Guys will show how science is building a better world with new technologies, new forms of energy and a look at science for Tomorrow’s World. Kids will use pulleys, defy gravity, have a tug-o-war and launch a catapult.
Family Fort Night
Families of children ages five to twelve are invited to the Johnson City Public Library Jones Meeting Room on Wednesday, June 7 at 6:00 p.m. for a fort-building program. Participants will have an hour to construct a fort out of provided materials to read and play games in as a family. No registration is required for this free program.
Lego @ the Library
Come build around a fun, challenging theme with our lego collection. Visit our Events Calendar to register. Offered on Tuesdays June 13th & July 11th at 2:30 pm, and Wednesdays June 21st & July 19th at 6:00 pm.
Use your imagination to it’s maximum. Do a creative build with everyday materials. Visit our Events Calendar to register. This program takes place Tuesday, June 27th at 2:30 pm.
Post-it Note Art
Help us build murals for the whole Library to enjoy over the summer. Map out a post-it note creation, then transfer the design to a wall. Visit our Events Calendar to register. This program takes place Wednesday, July 5th at 2:30 pm.
Walk with us to the Agape Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and read with their residents. Readers from 5 to 18 are welcome to come; no registration is necessary. This program takes place on Wednesdays at 4:00 pm: June 14th & 28th, and July 12th & 26th.
Every Hand Makes a Difference
Habitat for Humanity will share stories, lead children in making origami houses, and trace hands to share how “Every Hand Makes a Difference.” This program is designed for 4-8 year olds and will meet in the Jones Meeting Room at 2:30 on June 19. Please visit our Events Calender to register to attend.
Tale to Tail
Children aged 5 to 9 can register for a 15 minute time slot to read to a trained listening dog every Monday beginning at 4:00 pm. Please call 434-4458 to register.
Children aged 5 to 9 can register for a 15 minute time slot to read to a trained listening dog. This program takes place on Saturdays at 11:00 am: June 17th & July 15th. Please call 434-4458 to register.
Let’s Talk About That
This is a book club for our patrons aged 8 to 12. Those who register in advance will be provided copies of the book to read and discuss. Visit our Events Calendar to register.
Tuesday, June 20th at 2:30 pm Will be discussing Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett.
Tuesday, July 18th at 2:30 Will be discussing Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood.
Family Lego Day
Families are invited to the Johnson City Public Library Jones Meeting Room to build Lego creations together. No registration is required for this free program, which takes place Saturday, July 8th at 10:30 am.
Second Harvest Summer Snacks
Snacks provided by a program with Second Harvest Food Bank will be available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:30 am and Tuesdays at 3:30 pm in the amphitheater (weather permitting).