The Youth Services staff has planned many exciting programs for various age groups to encourage children to develop a love of reading. This summer we are celebrating our heroes with the Summer Reading theme “Every Hero Has a Story”. Children will benefit most from attending the program appropriate for their own age. Please attend the program that corresponds to your child’s age. If a program requires registration please call 423-434-4458.
Programs for Children 1 – 5 years old
Mother Goose Time
One-year-old children will enjoy fingerplays, nursery rhymes, songs, and books with a parent or guardian. There will be an opportunity to share board books and socialize after the storytime. This program is offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting June 9th through July 15th. Space is limited. Registration is required.
This twenty-minute storytime is for children who are two years old. Children accompanied by a parent or guardian hear stories and participate in songs, fingerplays, and flannelboard activities. This program is offered every week at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays starting June 2nd. Parental participation is encouraged. Registration is not required.
Children ages three to five are invited to attend this half-hour program to listen to stories and participate in songs and fingerplays. This program is offered each week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:00 a.m starting June 2nd. Registration is not required.
Programs for School Aged Children
Marvelous Monday Nights
These programs are designed for elementary school aged children and their families to enjoy, but everyone is welcome. Each program takes place on Monday night at 6:30 pm. Registration is not required.
June 8th – Bright Star Theatre presents “Happily Ever After”. This is a fun, interactive theatrical presentation of familiar fairy tales. Bright Star is one of the nation’s largest touring theaters for young audiences, based out of Asheville, NC. 6:30 pm
June 15th – David Claunch, storyteller, presents “Every Superhero Has a Story”. David has a unique conversational style of storytelling flavored with wit, humor, and an ample supply of joy! 6:30 pm
June 22nd – Barry Mitchell gives us his magical performance of “Library Man presents Hero Stories”. Barry is a talented magician who performs with his friend Sam the Turtle (starring today as “Super Shell!”). 6:30 pm
June 29th – Marty Silver talks about the “Animal Heroes Around Us”. Marty is a passionate Park Ranger from the Warrior’s Path State Park who gives children an energetic, informative look at the animals in our region. 6:30 pm
Movie Mondays at 2:00 pm!
We will be showing a family friendly movie (rated PG or G) in the children’s Storytime Room every Monday in June and July. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Movie titles may be subject to change.
June 1st – How to Train Your Dragon; June 8th – Because of Winn Dixie; June 15th – Horton Hears a Who; June 22nd – The Sound of Music; June 29th – Epic; July 6 – Rookie of the Year; July 13th – Sounder; July 20th – Heidi; July 27th – The Princess Bride
These programs are designed for elementary school aged children, but are open to all. Thursday events are offered twice each day, so you can pick a convenient time – 10:30 am & 3:30 pm.
Registration is not required
June 4th – Matt Sandbank and his Shadow Factory Theatre presents “Rapunzel”. This retelling of the classic story of a young girl locked away gently pokes fun at the fairy tale genre and asks the audience to think more deeply about their favorite stories. 10:30 am & 3:30 pm.
June 11th – Scott Humston, Magician. Scott’s show includes great magic and inspiring messages that will delight both kids and their parents. 10:30 am & 3:30 pm.
June 18th – Billy Jonas, Percussionist. Billy mixes conventional instruments with homemade percussion creations to perform songs from his newest CD “Build It Back Again”. 10:30 am & 3:30 pm.
June 25th – Roger Day, Musician. Award-winning, energetic singer/songwriter Roger Day will perform his “Everyday Heroes Dream Big” show in his usual fun, zany, interactive way. 10:30 am & 3:30 pm.
July 2nd – Knoxville Zoo. The Zoo’s friendly, knowledgeable staff will bring at least 3 animals and many interesting artifacts to talk to us about “Super Hero Animals”. 10:30 am & 3:30 pm.
July 9th – Allan Wolfe presents “Summer Poetry Palooza”. Allan’s unique show mixes storytelling, music, and slam poetry to transport audiences from a road trip with a hungry dinosaur to the spooky world of Edgar Allan Poe. 10:30 am & 3:30 pm.
July 16th – Community Super Heroes 10:00 am – Noon. This special program will feature local heroes and will only be offered once this Thursday. It will be drop-in and will last from 10:00 am until Noon.
The JCPL is part of this nationally known program that enhances children’s literacy through the assistance of registered therapy dogs. Children may register to read to a dog beginning at 11:30 a.m. for a 15 minute time slot on Saturdays, June 20th & July 18th. Please pre-register by calling 423-434-4458 for each date.
Tale to Tail
Children in kindergarten through fifth grade may read to a trained listening dog, in the Storytime Room every Monday beginning at 4:00 p.m. This is great for those who don’t like to read orally, have low reading self-esteem, or just love dogs. Please pre-register by calling 423-434-4458 to reserve your 15 minute time slot.
Book Discussion Group
We will be discussing Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. Children who register will receive a copy of the book to read in advance of the club date. This group is open to 3rd – 5th graders, and will meet Tuesday, June 23rd at 2:00 pm. Please call 434-4458 to pre-register for the program. You must be registered by June 6th to receive a copy of the book.
Super Hero Party
This party is open to 1st graders up to 5th grade. Dress as your favorite Super Hero and be ready to do super activities and crafts! July 7th at 2:00 pm. Registration is required; please call 434-4458 to register.
Book Discussion Group
We will be discussing El Deafo by Cece Bell. You must be registered by June 26th to receive a copy of the book to read in advance of the club date. This group is open to 3rd – 5th graders and will meet Tuesday, July 21st at 2:00 pm. Please call 434-4456 to register for the program.
Super Hero Celebration
Thursday, July 23rd – All our Super Readers and Super Listeners can come to the library and enjoy special activities to celebrate their summer of reading! We’ll have fun Super Hero themed games and crafts and you can add to the fun by wearing your favorite Super Hero costume. The party starts at 9:00 am and will end at 11:30 am, so that you can come at the time most convenient for you.