Summer Reading 2023

JUGGLING

Juggling Workshop

This awesome Juggling workshop is geared for an older child, however anyone can learn how to juggle with some help.

Juggling Craft

If you are going to learn how to juggle, why not make some props to juggle with. Have fun making this craft!

Join magician Jeff Quinn with his Reading Safari Magic Show.

STORIES

“Once there was a tree…and she loved a little boy.” So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein. This moving parable for all ages offers a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return. Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk…and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave. This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation.

Callie is very proud of her brother Charlie. He’s good at so many things – swimming, playing the piano, running fast. And Charlie has a special way with animals, especially their dog, Harriett. But sometimes Charlie gets very quiet. His words get locked inside him, and he seems far away. Then, when Callie and Charlie start to play, Charlie is back to laughing, holding hands, having fun. Charlie is like any other boy – except he has autism. In this story, told from a sister’s point of view, we meet a family whose oldest son teaches them important lessons about togetherness, hope, tolerance, and love.

The Very Quiet Cricket is about a young cricket who finally finds his voice. Taken from The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories collection. Based on Eric Carle’s picture book.

A beautifully-illustrated tale of a girl and her dream to become a great engineer. Where some people see rubbish, Rosie Revere sees inspiration. Alone in her room at night, shy Rosie constructs great inventions from odds and ends. Hot dog dispensers, helium pants, python-repelling cheese hats. Rosie’s gizmos would astound—if she ever let anyone see them. Afraid of failure, she hides them away under her bed. Until a fateful visit from her great-great-aunt Rose, who shows her that a first flop isn’t something to fear—it’s something to celebrate.

One night, when Ethan reaches under his bed for a toy truck, he finds this note instead: “Monsters! Meet here for final test.” Ethan is sure his parents are trying to trick him into staying under the covers, until he sees five colorful sets of eyes blinking at him from beneath the bed. Soon, a colorful parade of quirky, squeaky little monsters compete to become Ethan’s monster. But only the little green monster, Gabe, has the perfect blend of stomach-rumbling and snorting needed to get Ethan into bed and keep him there so he falls asleep—which as everyone knows, is the real reason for monsters under beds. With its perfect balance of giggles and shivers, this silly-spooky prequel to the award-winning I Need My Monster and Hey, That’s MY Monster! will keep young readers entertained.

The classic story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff – Pictures by Stephen Carpenter

CRAFTS

THINGS TO PRINT

S.T.E.A.M. THE BRAIN

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead — Make your own Vortex.
In a typical year, nearly 1,000 tornadoes strike the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Make a Glitter Tornado to understand the science behind this powerful weather event.

Chandler is back to show us how to make a rubber band powered CD car.

Materials you’ll need and instructions:  CLICK HERE

(Please ask a grown-up before using CDs)

Pinwheels and Twirligigs

Colored Paper, Straight Pins, Paper Straws. Mini Erasers, Skewers, Glue Sticks

  • DIY Robotic Hand Instructions
  • Today’s project, DIY Robotic Hands, is sure to spark kids’ imaginations using just four simple materials.  Children will develop their engineering and creative thinking skills in this fun S.T.E.A.M. Activity!
  • Click for instruction sheet

Join Autumn and Chandler with Making a Newton’s Cradle. Chandler will teach kids all about the science behind momentum and how important engineering is when building a structure. Click to find out what craft materials you need.

Scavenger Hunt

Music

Check out this awesome site and create some music by drawing lines, circles, squares or whatever you like and then press play. Introducing Google Chrome’s Kandinsky

Click here

Use squares from the Chrome Music Lab to create songs with Song Maker

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Virtual Tours

Ever wonder how bubble gum is made? Check out this clip from Discovery to find out. 

Virtual Trip of the farm

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 

Take yourself on a tour or go on one of the narrated tours. Look at the permanent exhibits or look at some of the past or current exhibits. Click here to access the tours

Live webcam of the penguin exhibit at the San Diego Zoo.

Please click here.   

Visit Yellowstone National Park.  Use the arrows to explore everything.

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Coding

Do an hour of code by helping Moana find her way home.

Have fun!! Click here

 

Join beloved children’s music performer Miss Jamie From the Farm, as she takes young kids and their families on a field trip where they help her with the plants and animals- virtually! Sing and dance to familiar songs in this interactive, colorful show that will leave everyone stomping their boots and hollering for more fruits and veggies!