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This summer, over 30 libraries across Allegheny County have collaborated together to present digital summer reading programs.The Baldwin Borough Public Library's annual summer reading program for children, teens and adults is one of the many ways the library works to create a community of readers and library users. Through fun challenges, readers of any age can earn virtual badges and virtual raffle tickets to have chances to win end-of-summer gift cards! Our summer reading program begins June 15 and runs through August 7.
There are several ways to register for Summer Reading:
- Register, log reading, and earn badges and raffle tickets all online through Beanstack beginning Monday, June 15!
- Register by downloading the Beanstack Tracker app in Google Play or Apple!
- Register by calling our library 412-885-2255 beginning Monday, June 15!
- You can also download a reading log for kids or for teens, then go online, download the app, or call us to register...all beginning June 15!
A huge thank you to the Kiwanis Club of Baldwin for their generous sponsorship of our 2020 Summer Reading Program.
We are battling...with book reading that is! Here's how it works: YOU CAN DOWNLOAD AN INFORMATION SHEET HERE!
- Read 5 pre-selected book titles between June 22 and August 13 (books available via Hoopla/Overdrive/Libby/library catalog).
- Form a family battle team (up to 10 people - you can have multiple families on a team, just not more than 10 people in total).
- Designate a team captain.
- REGISTER for the Battle of the Books, and a Zoom link will be emailed prior to the event.
- Join us on Zoom Video on Friday, August 14 @ 6:30 pm to battle with other families!
- Questions will be trivia-style, and your team will have time after each question to discuss the answer.
- Visit the Battle of the Books website for complete information.
Battle of the Books titles (books are geared toward children in grades 3-6, but all are welcome):
- Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Libary by Chris Grabenstein
- Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
- Other Words for Home by Jasmine Wargo (please download via Hoopla app - it's free and always available!)
- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
- The Secret Zoo by Bryan Chick
Each team will receive one set of books, which are available at the library for pickup during our Curbside Pickup hours: M-W-F 10 am-6 pm and T-TH 12-8 pm.
Let's start the week off with a gentle walk in South Park. Please meet in the large, paved parking lot on Corrigan Drive, across the street from the round Horse Barn. We will practice social distancing and please register so I know that I'll have someone to walk with!
Mondays just got a whole lot better with Take and Make Mondays - a themed take-and-make craft kit that your child can assemble at home!
Each pre-made, individually packaged craft bag will contain craft supplies and instructions for assembly. All you need to supply are scissors, glue and fun!
Weekly craft kits will be available on an outside table between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm while supplies last! Please take one craft bag per child so that many children can enjoy them.
Monday, June 15 craft: Unicorn
Monday, June 22 craft: Pool Friends
Monday, June 29 craft: Jack and the Beanstalk
Monday, July 6 craft: Sandcastle
Monday, July 13 craft: Dragon
Monday, July 20 craft: Be a Hairdresser
Monday, July 27 craft: Hot Air Balloon
Monday, August 3 craft: Rainbows and Clouds
Although we cannot be together to perform a musical this summer, join us for Teen Fundamentals of Performance (geared for students entering grades 6-12)! Using the digital platform, Zoom, we will explore questions about theater with Theater Director Jaycee Revo:
- What makes a theater performance good?
- What are the basics of staging?
- How do you as an actor convey emotion?
- What are some things we can do to captivate an audience?
We will also explore writing for the stage:
- What is dialogue?
- What is a monologue?
We will cover these concepts in performance, but also learn how to write them! The final event will be a virtual showcase of teens’ theatrical writing! Let’s have fun exploring performance together!
**You do not need to sign up for each individual session within this series. Registering once will register you for the 8-week session (you do not need to attend every session if unable)** A Zoom link will be sent to you prior to each session.
A huge thank you to Baldwin Friends of the Theater Arts for their generous funding of this program.
This online storytime, geared to children ages birth-3, will include one book, songs, rhymes, musical instruments, scarves and bubbles along with early literacy tips for parents! Meet us on our Facebook page every Tuesday at 10:30 am and sing along with us!
Join us every Tuesday at 2:00 on our YouTube channel while we read the first two chapters from a book we would love to recommend for summer (or anytime) reading! While the program is geared to elementary-aged children, all are invited to tune in! Videos will be saved, so if you can't tune in today, tune in any time!
June 30 Book: Knights vs Dinosaurs by Matt Phelan - available HERE!
Before children are snug in their beds, join the Baldwin Borough Public Library every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7:00 pm on our Facebook page for bedtime stories, songs and activities that are sure to cure those bedtime blues!
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