Summer funat local libraries continues
21st Century Media News
As the dog days of August approach and the 2014-15 school year looms, student reading clubs are winding down at local libraries. But the latter are still offering a varied roster of warm weather recreational (and painlessly educational) options for young kids and teens.
Coming up? Conshohocken Free Library’s Mad Science class on Aug. 6, “Fizz, Boom, Read Experiments” on Aug. 18, wrap-up sessions of its Crazy 8s Club on Aug. 8 and 15 and CFL’s continuing assortment of infant through toddler story hours and events like Aug. 7 and 14’s Parachute Play for 2- through 5-year-olds.
A few miles away, William Jeanes Memorial Library and Nicholas and Athena Karabots Center for Learning in Whitemarsh Township plans to host author David Lubar at an Aug. 7 teen event that will include free popcorn, cotton candy and a dunk tank. Lubar has been making the rounds at local libraries this summer, and his Jeanes visit follows a July 29 appearance at the Norristown Library. Also on tap at Jeanes: Aug. 5’s Puppets Pizzazz, Aug. 8’s Minutes with Misty, a goldendoodle therapy dog and Aug. 14’s Giggle Magic … all in addition to multiple kid story sessions, including Aug. 5’s Sensory Storytime for kids at a preschool “developmental level.”
When Benjamin Franklin and fellow members of the Junto — the philosophical club he established in Philadelphia during the early 18th century — moved to create the first lending library in July 1731 they couldn’t have imagined how their book-centric institution would evolve. Sure, libraries still revolve around books. But as contemporary users know, they also offer a plethora of diverse offerings for readers — and non-readers— of all ages.
Conshohocken siblings Anna, Rose and Robert Harrington are familiar faces at CFL programs. On a recent afternoon, the three were ensconced in a comfortable corner of the Fayette Street landmark with their current page-turners.
“Double Fudge,” a book in author Judy Blume’s popular Fudge series, was one of 9-year-old Anna’s favorite reads this summer.
“It had a lot of right words … words that were exactly right for the story … and it was funny,” she says. “I liked it a lot.” Reading in general? “I love it,” declares Anna, who will enter fourth grade in the fall. “I’m a fast reader, and I [enjoy] picturing how the different characters look and [sound].”
“It makes you feel like you’re there in the [story],” she says. “It helps your writing, too.”
Rose’s twin brother is particularly fond of nonfiction.
“I like to read about skateboarding, animals, history, structures … just about anything nonfiction,” Robert says. “And … superheroes. I like them all, but my favorites are Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and Captain America.”
A number of local kids have already attended the Science in the Summer series offered by area libraries. The Harringtons began attending Science in the
8, Summer sessions at CFL last week.
“We mostly learned about chemistry… and did experiments, like turning pennies into gold,” Anna says. “Last year when we did it, we learned about DNA. It was a lot of fun.”
CFL is located at 301 Fayette St., Conshohocken. More information about continuing and upcoming youth programs and library hours is available at 610825-1656 and www.mc-npl. org.
William Jeanes Memorial Library and Nicholas and Athena Karabots Center for Learning is located at 4051 Joshua Road, Lafayette Hill. Information: 610-828-0441 and www.jeaneslibrary.org.
Norristown Public Library is located at 1001 Powell St., Norristown. Information: 610-278-5100 and www. mc-npl.org. Additional MCNPL branches are located in Royersford (610-948-7277), Schwenksville (610-2878360) and Upper Perkiomen Valley (215-679-2020) with links at www.mc-npl.org.
Wissahickon Valley Public Library is located at 650 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, and 209 Race St., Ambler. Information: 215-643-1320 (Blue Bell), 215-646-1072 (Ambler) and www.wvpl. org.
Norristown area teens show off robots constructed with recycled materials under the guidance of staffer Troy Allen as part of Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library’s “Spark A Reaction” summer reading program.