2014 Summer Reading, Programs & Events for Children

We've kicked off another summer of programming for children, featuring the science theme Fizz, Boom, Read! The Main Library and LaSalle Branch Library will be hosting family-friendly events in July and August through which participants can explore the amazing world of science. Children and families are also invited to participate in the summer reading challenge, through which preschoolers and elementary-aged children earn prizes and incentives for reading and participating in library activities during the summer.

Registration begins on June 30!
For programs at the Main Library, call 286-4902. For programs at the LaSalle Library call 283-8309.

Image of robot holding stack of books next to scientistSummer Reading Challenges

Preschool and Elementary Challenge: Ages 3 - 12
Make reading even more fun this summer…sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge.  You’ll get a reading log where you’ll mark off each day that you read or are read to.  For every 10  days of reading, you’ll earn a book buck that you can trade for prizes at the end of the summer!

Wee Read and Play Challenge: Ages 0 - 35 Months
It's never to early to start sharing books with your baby! Each day that you read, sing or play with your baby, mark it off on your log. Complete 30 days and receive a board book to add to your home library!

Family Shows @ the Main Library - 1425 Main Street

Family shows at the Main Library will be held in the auditorium on the second floor. No registration required.Image of children and mad scientist

Charlie and Checkers
Come and experience science experiments and demonstrations, comedy magic, a live rabbit named Trixie, a giant unicycle, juggling and Checkers' giant balloon stunt - all in one show!
Monday, August 11 - 2:30pm

Family Shows @ the LaSalle Library - 8728 Buffalo Avenue

Family shows at LaSalle Library will be held in the auditorium on the second floor. Please call 283-8309 to register.

Image of Fizz, Boom, Read beakers and test tubes

Omnipresent Puppet Theater presents The Three Little Pigs
The Big Bad Wolf is back, and this time he's menacing three pigs just out on their own in the world. But the brick house is only half finished! A story of teamwork, as it takes all the pigs' efforts to complete the house before the wolf comes!
Friday, August 15 - 2:30pm

Fun with Science

Registration is required for programs below. You may sign up for individual sessions or the whole series.  

Image of girl with test tubePreschool Lab - for 3 & 4-year-olds
Little scientists will explore color, weather, insects, magnets and more through stories, hands-on experiments and other activities. This program incorporates the five practices that get your child ready to read: reading, talking, writing, playing and singing.
Main: Tuesdays @ 11:00 am - July 8 - August 12
LaSalle: Wednesdays @ 11:00 am - July 9 - August 13

Mad Scientists - for children ages 5 - 8
Explore science through stories, experiments, hands-on activities and crafts. Topics include weather, food science, music science, weird science and things that go boom. Presented through a grant from the Grigg-Lewis Foundation.
Main: Tuesdays @ 2:30pm - July 15, 22 and August 5 & 12
LaSalle: Wednesdays @ 2:30pm - July 16, 23, 30 and August 6 & 13

Lab Rats - for children ages 9 - 12
Multimedia, hands-on afternoons of science fun! Learn from video visits with science educators like Bill Nye, then head into the "library laboratory" for live demonstrations and hands-on experiments. We'll tye-dye milk, create chemical reactions, un-poppable balloons and bubbles, explore space and more!
Main Thursdays @ 2:30pm - July 10, 24 and August 7
LaSalle Fridays @ 2:30pm - July 11, 25 and August 8

Explore... and More!

Image of boy reading "how to build robot" bookOut in the Garden - Beautiful Butterflies
The library is a site on the Grand Portage Garden Walk.  Families are invited to drop by the Learning Garden in front of the Main Library to learn all about these beautiful creatures.  Children can also try to find the hidden butterflies in our butterfly scavenger hunt and make a butterfly craft.
Main: Saturday, August 9
Drop by between 10 am & 2 pm

Yoga for Kids - Registration Required
Join us for a 30-minute youga class for children led by Mindy Scime from Tree of Life Yoga Studio. We'll also share some stories and participants will have the opportunity to create their own Zen garden.
Main: Thursday, August 14 - 2:30 pm

Are you a group leader?

We welcome groups (camps, daycares) to join us at our Family Shows and Movie Day —just give us a call to let us know the size of your group! Please have at least one adult in attendance for every five children.  If you are interested in bringing a group to the library at other times, please contact the children’s department (286-4902) to make arrangements.  (Scheduling is subject to staff availability and the library reserves the right to not schedule visits during times that may interfere with normal library operations.)