The Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St., Lancaster, will kick off its annual Summer Reading Program on Saturday, May 30. The public is invited to stop by the library amphitheater and Bates Auditorium from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to listen to live music by the Dancing Bears, meet Clifford the Big Red Dog, take part in children's activities, and visit booths hosted by local child-friendly organizations. Registration is not required for the kickoff, and people of all ages are welcome.
The summer reading levels are Read Alouds (birth to age 4), Juniors (ages 5 to 9), tweens (ages 10 to 12), teens (ages 13 to 19), and adults (age 18 and up). Summer reading logs will be available at the kickoff event and may also be picked up at the library anytime during the reading program. To be eligible for prizes, readers must return their completed logs to the library by Saturday, Aug. 15. More information about the summer reading program is available at http://www.lancaster.lib.pa.us/SummerReading.
The library will also offer the following free special events this summer. Registration is available by visiting http://www.lancaster.lib.pa.us/Programs/All or calling the library at 394-2651, ext. 124.
EngageU! is a program for ages 13 to 20 that will be offered on Tuesdays, June 9, July 14, and Aug. 11, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. During the series of three workshops, students will learn theater techniques. EngageU! is meant to help participants see art as a tool for social change by examining themes like identity and personal experience.
CoderDojo, for ages 9 to 18, will take place on the fourth Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Professional software developers will teach attendees how to code and develop websites, apps, programs, and games. The group will use a variety of Web-based tools and games. People of all skill levels are welcome.
Summer Storytime With the North Museum, for all ages, will be offered on Tuesdays, June 16, July 21, and Aug. 18, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Activities will include stories, hands-on activities, and crafts.
Science Matters will be presented on Wednesday, June 17, from 2 to 3 p.m. for people age 4 and up. Participants will learn about the three states of matter - solid, liquid, and gas - with a Science Explorer as she conducts a variety of experiments incorporating bouncing bubbles, a spud launcher, a leaf blower, basketballs, and toilet paper.
Investigations in Science - Forensic Clues, for ages 9 to 20, will take place on Thursday, June 18, from 2 to 3 p.m. Attendees will learn about the clues that today's scientists use to solve crimes, including fingerprints, visual clues and observations, blood, and bones. The vital role of insects in the wild will also be examined as it pertains to forensic science.
Summer Learning Day With UMIGO! is a program for all ages that will take place on Friday, June 19. The drop-in event will occur from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees will participate in activities designed to support and build first- and second-grade math skills and introduce families to UMIGO as a free educational resource.
Tie-Dye to Die For, for ages 9 to 20, will be offered on June 19 from 2 to 3 p.m. Each participant should bring a clean white cotton T-shirt, bag, socks, scarf, or other item to tie-dye.
Hero Story Times, for all ages, will be offered on Tuesdays, June 23 to Aug. 11, except July 21, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will read about heroes of all kinds, including community heroes, superheroes, and even animal heroes. A special visit from Barnstormers mascot Cylo will take place on June 30.
The Good, the Bad, and the Not So Creepy will take place on Wednesday, June 24, from 2 to 3 p.m. All ages are invited to the interactive program with Ryan "The Bug Man" Bridge.
Herpetology Heroes, for age 5 and up, will be offered on Wednesday, July 1, from 2 to 3 p.m. Attendees will learn about the survival techniques of snakes, lizards, turtles, and crocodiles.
Live Board Games! is for ages 9 to 20 and will be offered on Thursday, July 2, and Wednesday, July 15, from 2 to 3 p.m. Participants will become life-size pieces in Hunger Games Monopoly on July 2 and Harry Potter Clue on July 15.
Heroes on Hand will take place on Wednesday, July 8, from 2 to 3 p.m. All ages are invited to Adam Swartz's puppet adventure.
A Creative Writing Workshop, for ages 13 to 20, will take place on Thursdays, July 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The four-part workshop will begin with warm-ups, followed by opportunities to share original work and experiment with different genres of writing. Beginners are welcome.
Steven Courtney's Sing On! Rock On! will be offered on July 15 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for people age 4 and up.
A Superhero Obstacle Course, for all ages, will offered on Wednesday, July 22, from 2 to 3 p.m. The event is a drop-in.
Solve the Murder Mystery, for ages 9 to 20, will take place on Wednesday, July 29, from 2 to 3 p.m.
A Superhero Party for ages 3 to 7 will be offered on Monday, Aug. 10, from 1 to 2 p.m. Superhero stories will be followed by a craft and a snack. Children are invited to come dressed as their favorite superhero.