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We invite you and your children to join Niagara Falls Public Library’s summer library program, Libraries Rock, and attend the fun programs and events we are planning for preschoolers through grade 6.  The programs are free and open to children of all abilities. We care about your children and have planned programs to keep them reading and learning all summer! Read on for all the details… 

Summer Reading Challenge
June 25  - August 10 * For kids entering grades K - 6

Build a BRAG CHAIN by reading. Get started by signing up for a reading log at the Main or LaSalle Library beginning on June 25.  Then read, read, read to earn cool stuff to add to it. Design your own pattern and make it your own. The more you read, the more awesome your chain will be! (Added bonus: children who join the summer reading challenge keep their minds active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and ready to succeed!)

Weekly Programs @ Main & LaSalle
Registration for the programs listed below is now open. Sign up online through our Event Calendar.  Staff are also happy to help with registration—simply stop by or give us a call at 286-4902 for MaIn, 283-8309 for LaSalle.

Want a printable calendar for the fridge? Click the links below!
Main Library - 1425 Main Street
LaSalle Library - 8728 Buffalo Avenue

Preschool Story Time For children ages 2-4 Registration required.
Main Library: Wednesdays @ 10:30am * July 11—August 8
LaSalle Library: Thursdays @ 10:30am * July 12—August 9

Why should the big kids have all the fun?  Join us for stories, rhymes, music, movement and other activities designed just for our littlest library visitors.

Summer Fun Club for children ages 5—8 Registration required.
Main: Wednesdays @ 2:30pm * July 18—August 8
LaSalle: Thursdays @ 2:30pm * July 19—August 9

Bubble Mania Learn about the science behind bubbles through hands-on bubble play and experimentation. (7/18 Main, 7/19 LaSalle)

Rockin’ Rocks Study some cool rocks and make a pet rock to take home.  (Find and bring a rock (or rocks) to study and share.) (7/25 Main, 7/26 LaSalle)

Art Rocks Try your hand at “painting music” and create a Jackson Pollock-inspired guitar. (Note: Wear old clothes or bring a smock!) (8/1 Main, 8/2 LaSalle)

Band Camp Musical fun and games featuring different types of bands.  We’ll also create our own instruments and form our own library rock band. (8/8 Main, 8/9 LaSalle)

Summer Fun Club for children ages 9-12 Registration required.
Main: Wednesdays @ 2:30pm * July 18—August 8
LaSalle: Thursdays @ 2:30pm * July 19—August 9

Niagara Rocks Come see what makes Niagara Falls such special place!  (7/18 Main, 7/19 LaSalle)

Rock Camp What makes a rock star a rock star? Come see if you can rock n roll with the best of them. (7/25 Main, 7/26 LaSalle)

Rockin' to the Stars Want to explore space? We can't get there, but we have space rocks here on earth to test out! (8/1 Main, 8/2 LaSalle)

Recipe to Rock What do you need to start your own rock band? We'll look at the recipe and see what we can cook up! (8/8 Main, 8/9 LaSalle)

Family Nutrition Workshops for all ages.Registration required. 
Main: Tuesdays @ 2:30pm * July 10  -  July 31

Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension. Learn how delicious healthy eating can be through recipe demonstrations and tasty food samples. Fun for all ages!

Family Night @ the Library for families with young children. Registration required. 
LaSalle Library: Mondays @ 6:30pm * July 9—August 6
Main Library: Tuesdays @ 6:30pm  * July 10—August 7

Sponsored by the Grigg-Lewis Foundation and presented by the Grigg Lewis Summer Interns. Stories, games, songs, crafts and activities geared toward preschool and early elementary aged children and their families. Weekly themes are:  Join the Band, Dance to the Music, Bird Songs and Other Animal Voices, Move and Feel the Beat, Where Will Music Take Me?

Special Events

Please note: Young people ages 16 and under attending shows and movies must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.

The Wacky Science Show starring Cris Johnson All ages show. Registration not required.
LaSalle: Monday, July 2 @ 2:30pm

Learning about science has never been so much fun! Visit the circus where the World’s Strongest Kid demonstrates the awesome power of levers. Science safety and the Scientific Method are illustrated with a crazy balloon experiment and the story of Cinderella. Audience members will become Stinky Dinosaurs to teach about chemical indicators and reactions. Kids get to vote whether they want to see someone’s head SHRINK or get HUGE with an amazing optical illusion. That’s just a sample of the goofy stunts in this super science program.

Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics All ages show. Registration not required.
Main: Friday, July 6 @ 2:30pm

If your child loves watching Animal Planet, Jack Hanna or Jeff Corwin or he/she just loves animals then this is the show for them! Using their live animal ambassadors, NCR will present and educate about the most amazing exotic mammals and
reptiles that they have ever seen. Education and entertainment go hand in hand with all sorts of enlightening facts and fun stories!

Hula Hoopin’ with Benjamin Berry for children ages 5-12. Registration required. 
Main: Wednesday, July 11 @ 2:30pm
LaSalle: Thursday, July 12 @ 2:30pm

Become a youth hoop star in this fun workshop filled with exercise, expression and excitement. Play some noncompetitive hoop related games that encourage creative problem-solving and collaboration, learn the
fundamentals of hula-hooping and be amazed as Benjamin demonstrates all the possibilities of the art form. Registration required. Parents, plan to assist children under age 7.

Bicycle Safety with GoBike Buffalo Registration Required.
LaSalle: Friday, July 13 @ 2:30pm

Participants will rotate between 4 stations that will focus on helmet fitting, rules of the road, safety accessories and abc quick check. Participants are encouraged to bring their own helmets for the helmet fitting.

Family Movies All ages. No registration required.
Main: Fridays @ 2:00 pm
Ages 16 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult. Adults must remain in the auditorium.

July 13: Coco
Despite his family's generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. Rated PG

July 20: Enchanted
In the fairy-tale land of Andalasia, pretty young Giselle frolics with her woodland pals, and falls in love with the handsome Prince Edward, but when Giselle arrives at the castle to marry her Prince Charming, his evil stepmother sends the princess-to-be to a place where there are `no happy ever afters': New York City. Cynical divorce lawyer Robert comes to her rescue, but can Giselle find her way back to her true love? Rated PG

July 27: The Princess and the Frog
Hardworking and ambitious, Tiana dreams of one day opening the finest restaurant in New Orleans. Her dream takes a slight detour when she meets Prince Naveen , who has been turned into an amphibian by evil Dr. Facilier. Mistaking her for a princess and hoping to break the spell, Naveen plants a kiss on poor Tiana -- thereby turning her into a frog as well. The pair hop along on an adventure through the bayous to seek the help of a powerful voodoo priestess. Rated G.

August 3: Cinderella (Starring Brandy & Whitney Houston)
Cinderella chafes under the cruelty of her wicked stepmother and her evil stepsisters, Calliope and Minerva), until her Fairy Godmother steps in to change her life for one unforgettable night. At the ball, she falls for handsome Prince Christopher, whose parents, King Maximillian and Queen Constantina are anxious for him to find a suitable paramour. Not rated.

Learn to Ride with GoBike Buffalo Registration required. 
LaSalle Library: Friday, July 20 - Three 1-hour sessions offered—see below to choose a time.

Learn how to ride a bicycle in a small group setting. Classes will be offered from 1-2pm, 2-3pm and 3-4pm. Students are encouraged to bring their own bicycles and helmets. If your child does not own a bicycle, please let us know, GoBike may be able to provide one. 

Niagara University Repertory Theater All ages show. Registration not required.
LaSalle Library: Monday, July 23 @ 2:30pm

Here comes Lily with her purple plastic purse! And Alexander, as usual, is having a “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day…” and Pierre just doesn’t care! Join us as the N.U.R.T. troupe brings dozens of favorite children’s book characters to life in this fast, furious and fantastically funny show.

Family Fun with Lots of Aloha Registration required. 
Main Library: Saturday, July 28 2:30-4:00 pm

Hawaiian Games, Music and Treats. Learn Hawaiian words, try the hula and ukulele. Fun for all
ages! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Grand Finale
Main Library: Friday, August 10

SAVE THE DATE! We will hold our Grand Finale Celebration on the afternoon of Friday, August 10.
Details coming soon, along with registration information.

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