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Summer at the Library runs from June 1 to July 31 and features many great programs and events for the whole family. The Woodland Public Library will kick off its summer reading program Saturday, June 11, at a free family event from 11 AM – 1 PM on the front lawn, featuring a Bubblemania bubble party at 11 AM along with Rec2Go activities. Families can register for our summer reading program, receive a free treat from the Kona Ice truck, play games with Rec2Go, meet costumed characters, and enjoy our pop-up library. Families will also have the opportunity to purchase lunch from Jersey Mike’s. All ages are welcome.
The 2022 summer reading program’s theme is “Read Beyond the Beaten Path: Read, Make, Explore.”
There is a program for every age!
Everyone who completes the program by reading five books, making five things, and exploring five places will receive prizes and an entry into the end-of-summer raffle. Earned prizes can be picked up starting on June 20 and will be available until September 5. Grand prize winnings must be claimed by September 5. Details and registration are available on the library’s website www.cityofwoodland.org/library or at the library. Stop by the library for a paper log or use our online app, Beanstack, through our website to track your activities and books. Participants can earn badges starting June 1. Kids ages 4 – 11 can choose to log minutes instead of books if they use Beanstack for logging.
Starting on Monday, June 13, kids ages 18 and under can enjoy free summer lunch at the library, courtesy of Woodland Joint Unified School District. Free summer lunch runs Monday through Friday from 12 – 12:30 PM on the library lawn. Library Director Greta Galindo says, “This lunch partnership allows us to support children nutritionally as well as academically during summer when school services are not available. This year we are also benefitting from a Lunch at the Library grant through the California State Library to add more activities around lunchtime.” Lunches must be eaten on site. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket to enjoy lunch under the trees on the lawn. Kids who read on the front lawn will receive a free popsicle. Families can entertain themselves after lunch and before other library programs with various lawn activities courtesy of the library.
After-lunch programming for kids includes special events and performers on Tuesdays at 1 PM in the Leake Room, Lego Club from 1 – 2 PM on Wednesdays in the children’s room, and Make and Explore Thursdays from 1 – 2 PM in Square One. We have a bubble show, a fun music show by Andy Z, a graphic novel drawing workshop, a science magic show, animal presentations, and a show by Coventry and Kaluza on Tuesdays. On Make and Explore Thursdays, kids can try out a boat building challenge, making sun prints, pizza box s’mores, and more. Activities are geared to kids 7 – 12 and space is limited.
Library storytimes resume on Tuesday, June 14, with four storytimes a week. On Saturdays, the family storytime is at the Farmers Market at 10 AM. Families can also enjoy a kids’ market a couple Saturdays a month where children get free Market Bucks to purchase produce.
Teens are invited to Teen Hangouts every Wednesday in June and July from 1 – 3 PM in Square One and the Leake Room where they can make fun projects, play video games, and just hang out. Teen Hangouts start Wednesday, June 22, with various yard games and will continue all summer with activities including an 80’s Costume Party and a Water Party. A complete schedule of activities can be found on the library’s website. Teens looking for volunteer hours over the summer are welcome to join the Teen Summer Volunteer Program. Orientation will be June 7 from 4 – 5 PM in the Leake Room. The Teen Advisory Board, in partnership with Elevate Queer Yolo, will host its Annual LGBTQIA+ Pride Festival on Wednesday, June 15, from 2 – 4 PM in Square One and the Courtyard where there will be free food, crafts, and activities to help spread love!
Teens and adults are encouraged to come to Square One to make things at weekly programs. Teens will be able to participate in a Community Service Crafternoon every Tuesday from 3 –4:30 PM in Square One. This is an additional opportunity to earn volunteer hours. All crafts and objects produced during that time will be donated. Adults can come to Maker Mondays from 5 – 6 PM and make a different project every week.
The library encourages all Woodlanders to Read Beyond the Beaten Path and take advantage of our amazing free events, programs, and offerings. Come spend your summer reading, making, and exploring!