Summer Reading Programs

The Jay-Niles Memorial Library will be holding THREE Summer Reading Programs starting the week of June 27th.  There will be a program for younger children, tweens and teens, and adults.  Out of an abundance of caution, masks must be worn to all programs held inside the library this summer.

Our Children’s Librarian, Lindsey Hopkins will be running the program for the younger kids.  We will be kicking off this program on Monday, June 27th with a Tide Pools Presentation by the Chewonki Traveling Natural History Program!  Two sessions of the presentation will be available, 5:15 pm or 6:30pm.  Space is limited for this kick-off event, and preregistration is required, so don’t delay!  In-person summer reading activities will be held at the library on Thursdays, July 7th-August 4th from 4-5pm.  Examples of activities are as follows: making sand playdough, a tin foil boat contest, making pearl bracelets/keychains, Shark and Mermaid Day, and more!  All RSU #73 SMPS and SMES students and families are welcome to participate.

Our Tween and Teen Librarian, Alexis Burbank will be running the program for kids 5th-12th grade.  Tweens and teens are also invited to attend the Touch-Tank Tide Pools Presentation by Chewonki on June 27th as detailed above.  As mentioned before, space is limited, so you must register.  An outdoor movie night is schedule for July 1st.  Other programs will take place on Tuesday afternoons at 4pm from July 5th-August 2nd.  These activities include: Underwater Concoctions, Nailed It! Cake Decorating Challenge, Survivor STEAM, Making Waves (Paint Pouring), and an End of Summer Celebration.

Our Library Director, Tamara (Tammy) Hoke will be in charge of the Adult Summer Reading Program.  This is our first ever Adult Summer Reading Program.  This program will kick-off with a Zoom presentation with Linda Woodard of from Maine Audobon on Maine Marsh Birds on June 29 at 4pm.  Following this program, at 5pm will be a book discussion for the novel by Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing.  The library has several copies of the book.  Please come borrow one if you would like to take part in the discussion.  Activities for this program land on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Some weeks have two programs.  The schedule includes Make an Ocean Sea Glass Mosaic, Watch In the Heart of the Sea (Film), Make Ocean Themed Melt and Pour Soap, Enjoy a concert by Castlebay: The Bygone Ballads of Maine, Book Discussion -Mary Peters, by Mary Ellen Chase, Beach Inspired Pour Resin Wall Art, and an End-of the Program Paint Party.

We hope to see you this summer! Please join us!