Summer Reading Club

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!

SHOW DAY

The Smallest Show on Earth!

Felix the Flea wants to join a Flea Circus. But when his emotions get the best of him, Page and Kenny decide to put on an actual circus to show him the ropes. They’re joined by some special guests including a real jumping spider, the owner and star of Circus Kirkus, and Jonathan Lee Iverson…Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily’s last Ringmaster (really!).

The Sofa Safari Game Show

What animal eats upside down? How many hearts does an octopus have? Can you hop as high as a kangaroo? These

questions and more will be answered during Sofa Safari, the interactive game show that takes you on a safari without leaving your sofa!

PERFORMANCES

The PAW-cademy Awards

Get ready to roll out the red carpet when a cast of special guests join Kenny and Page during this classic awards-style show honoring furry friends of the silver screen, hero animals, and presidential pets.

SUCH A LIBRARY!

A live action/animated show about a wacky librarian, a magic book and, of course, lots of animals.

The Ocean’s Got Talent
We’ve searched the seven seas for some of the ocean’s most talented creatures. Octopus will perform an amazing escape, Mantis Shrimp will prove he’s not just a pretty face, and Angler Fish has an act you’ll
definitely want to catch. With all this talent, will Sea Slug be able to shine? Puppetry and live action make this show a watery wonder.

In this original Moooosical Adventure, a “boring bovine” seeks love and fame on MooTube by attempting to jump over the moon using a trampoline, roller skates, and a jetpack. She fails, but finally realizes the appreciation she craves was there all along. A cast of talented kids join Kenny and Page Turner in a fun tale of farmyard friendship.

Margaret Clauder as Senorita Magarita “Reading Fiesta”

https://vimeo.com/548671083/ca37e7e2ec

Join magician Jeff Quinn with his Reading Safari Magic Show.

STORIES

There is a Giraffe In My Soup By Ross Burach

This book is a bout a boy who goes to a restaurant to get a bowl of soup but instead he meets some of the animals from the local zoo instead. 

The story is read by a student from the Meadows Academy in Tanzania. 

Mahalia Mouse and her family live underneath Dunster House, an old Harvard dormitory. Foraging for food for her younger brothers and sisters, Mahalia gets trapped in a backpack and then finds herself inside a classroom far from home. Mahalia, intrigued by the lecture, starts attending classes and soon becomes a full-time student. By John Lithgow and Illustrated by Igor Oleynikov. This was written as part of the author’s keynote address at Harvard’s commencement in 2005.

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

By Eugene Trivizas and Helen Oxenbury

This is NOT a very nice pig.

(Just Saying)

Read by Paula Howell

 

The Elves and the Shoemaker read by Chrissy Metz, retold from the Brothers Grimm and illustrated by Jim LaMarche.

The classic story of the Lion and the Mouse by Little Cozy Nook.

CRAFTS

Climbing Spider Craft

Grab some popsicle sticks, masking tape, and yarn to create a spider that can climb up any water spout.

Jungle Safari Flashlight Craft

A zip lock bag, black and white construction paper, and permanent markers are all that’s needed to make this

project that’s part craft and part optical illusion.

Celebrity Paw Prints

 Using construction paper, paint, and craft foam, we’ll create celebrity paw prints worthy of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Pet Pop Up Books

With an old file folder and a pair of scissors, kids can create their own magical pop up books!

With some recycled styrofoam and water based markers, kids can make their own beautiful ocean scenes.

With a few paper plates and some simple supplies, you can make your own Myrtle Over the Moon! Or Sam Over the Moon, or Jessica

THINGS TO PRINT

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

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.

Author/ Illustrator Spotlight

Candace Fleming

Candace Fleming is the acclaimed author of more than forty books for children and young adults, including this year’s Sibert Medal Award Winning Book HONEYBEE: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera. We’ll also chat about her book CUBS IN THE TUB.

David DePasquale

Illustrator David DePasquale will share his debut picture book A WISDOM OF WOMBATS and invite kids to explore the wonderful words we use to describe groups of animals. David is also the lead character designer on Arlo the Alligator Boy, a new Netflix movie available now! He’ll give us some tips and tricks for future illustrators and animators!

Pat Cummings

Pat is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King and the Boston Globe-Horn Book awards. She’ll share her latest book WHERE IS MOMMY. We’ll also meet a celebrity spider in ANANSE AND THE LIZARD.

Author Donna Gephart and illustrator Francesca Chessa

We have two special guests today, Author Donna Gephart and illustrator Francesca Chessa who will talk about their picture book GO BE WONDERFUL! Which features a spunky girl named Daisy and her pet dog, Mr. Bonkers. We’ll also get a sneak peek at Donna’s new novel for older readers, ABBY TRIED AND TRUE.

Kate Messner

Kate Messner is passionately curious and writes books for kids who wonder, too. Visit her at katemessner.com. During our interview, we’ll talk about two books in Kate’s Over and Under series. Both books are owned by the O’Neill Public Library.

Tammi Sauer has written 30 picture books with more on the way! In this Author Spotlight, Tammi will tell us about two of her fun farm-themed books, THE FARM THAT MAC BUILT and her latest book, NOT NOW, COW.

Guest Performer

Bobby Norfolk

An internationally known storyteller, performer and teaching artist, Bobby Norfolk is a three-time Emmy Award winner, multiple Parents’ Choice Gold and Silver Award winner, and a National Storytelling Network Oracle Award recipient.

Wesley Williams’ Puppy Pals-Comedy Dog Show

Wesley has been on America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent, now he’s here with an excerpt from his hilarious Puppy Pals show featuring cute canines creating controlled chaos!

Teachers of Nature

Every animal needs a superpower to survive. Cheetahs have speed, chameleons have camouflage and birds have flight. Meet real live animal superheroes in this “wild” program.

Jamie Katz, Pet Detective

Yup, pet detectives are really a thing, and Jamie Katz (her REAL name!) is one of the best as Kenny and Jill (aka Page Turner) found out first hand when Jamie helped them find their lost cat, Philo. Jamie will introduce us to her sniffer dogs, Gable and Fletcher and show kids how she trains them to help find lost pets.

Yasu Ishida

Yasu is an award-winning performer who combines traditional Japanese theatre, music, origami, magic, and storytelling into one-of-a-kind performances. Yasu will share an excerpt of his show and teach kids how to make origami water creatures! His website: yasutheatre.com

Mashup

Bug Bites Recipe

Nut butter, honey, oats and “mix-ins” make these the best bug bites you’ll ever have.

A virtual visit with Jim Hammond, puppet master from THE LION KING.

Get ready for a ROARING good time when Jim shares some backstage stories and teaches kids how to be puppeteers. We will include a bonus craft video on this day that teaches kids how to make their own “hand puppets.”

Pat Cummings Reads her book HARVEY MOON, MUSEUM BOY!

Pet Pal Open Face Sandwiches

This delicious treat is part art project and part recipe, and all you need is a slice of bread and any fixins’ you can find around the house.

Coffee Filter Fish

With some water based markers and a little H2O, coffee filters are transformed into colorful fish.

Time for another egg-cellent craft. Today we’re making chickens out of cups that actually cluck!

Field Trip

Kamal Bell had a farm…ee i ee i oh! Kamal will take us on a virtual tour of Sankofa farms, including their working beehives!

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

Click here

Virtual Tours

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.   

Coding

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

Have fun!! Click here