Summer reading at the library starts June 1 and continues through July 27. There’s a program for children, teens, and adults both at the library and on the bookmobile. This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories” and features many space-related events. Find specific event details under the Events link on the home page. Here’s some information you may want to know:
Events Open to All Ages
Kickoff Event- June 1, 1-3 pm
Enjoy a planetarium, sno-cones, and space activities.
Movie Theater Nights- June 12, 6:30 pm; July 10, 6:15 pm
Watch movies on the big screen in the auditorium at 6:30 pm while enjoying popcorn.
June 12— Hidden Figures July 10— The Martian
Stargazing At Summit Lake State Park- June 21, 9:30 pm AT SUMMIT LAKE STATE PARK
On Friday, June 21, at 9:30 pm, the Muncie Astronomy Club will set up professional telescopes and share what we’re viewing. First ten families get free entrance to the park. Register here or call 765-575-4557.
Movie Under The Stars- June 28, 8:30-10 pm AT MEMORIAL PARK
Watch the classic Teenagers from Outer Space (1959: Horror, Sci-Fi). Popcorn and water provided. Attendees will need to bring their own chairs/blankets to sit on.
TeenCon19- Saturday, July 20, 10 am-3 pm
This mini-comic con is open to the community! Cosplay contest, vendors, panels, Magic: The Gathering Tournament and raffle drawings every 30 minutes.
End of Summer Celebration- July 27, 1-3 pm
There will be a bounce house with a slide that empties into a pool, sno-cones, and lots of water games and activities. Plan to get wet!
Special Activities on the Bookmobile
Teen Crafts with Krystal
June 11, 1:15 pm– Locust Grove– Galaxy In A Jar
July 9, 1:15 pm– Locust Grove– Make-It: Telescope
Kidsongs And Storytime With Keegan
June 10/July 8, 10:30 am– Lewisville
June 12/July 10, 2:30 pm– Mt. Summit
June 13/July 11, 2 pm– Mooreland
Kid Crafts With Jordan
June 24/July 22, 10:30 am– Lewisville
June 25/July 23, 1:15 pm– Locust Grove
June 25/July 23, 2:30 pm– Straughn
June 26/July 24, 2:30 pm– Mt. Summit
June 27/July 25, 2 pm– Mooreland
For Children… The Program
This year’s summer program is for both reading and writing. Log minutes reading or writing on the Beanstack app or pick up a paper log. Receive a small prize and a raffle ticket for the prize baskets when you reach 400 minutes (half-way) and 800 minutes (completion). Those who complete 800 minutes will also get a book. Continue reading and writing to earn more raffle tickets.
For Children… Event Highlights
Marvelous Mondays- June 3-July 22, 2-3 pm
June 10th Silly Safaris will be bringing “ALIEN” animals.
July 8th Pretty Fun Balloons will use balloons to display the planets, demonstrate the physics of rockets, and how balloons have played a role in the history of flight. Each guest will be able to bring home a balloon sculpture.
Other Marvelous Mondays include: space games, astronaut camp, space drive-in, space mini-golf, Star Wars Day, and a scavenger hunt.
Discovery Tuesdays- June 4-July 23, 2-4 pm
Each week a different planet will be featured as we make crafts and do STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activities.
Free Movies- Wednesdays, June 5-July 24, 10 am
Movies are either space- or book-related. (Treasure Planet, James and the Giant Peach, Space Jam, Charlotte’s Web, WALL-E, Mary Poppins, Muppets from Space, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World)
Free Lunches- Wednesdays, June 5-July 24 (not July 3), noon- 1 pm.
Meals are free for children 18 and under. Adults can buy a lunch for $3.50.
Family R.E.C. (Read Eat Create)- Thursdays in June (June 6-27), 10 am-noon
We’ll provide a book, snack and craft for you to share with your child
Family Storytimes- Thursdays in July, (July 11-25), 10-11 am
Junior Writer’s Workshop- Saturdays, June 8-July 20, 10-11 am
Early and upper elementary children will be given various writing activities so they can log some writing minutes.
Second Saturday STEAM- June 8 and July 13, 2 pm
June’s theme is Gravity and July’s theme is Rocks.
For Teens… The Program
Log your minutes on Beanstack (be sure to download the app for super-easy logging) and earn badges and prizes. The 2019 Teen Summer Reading Grand Prizes are a Telmu Telescope and a Samsung Galaxy J2 phone!
For Teens… Event Highlights
Make It! Galaxy Sheet Graffiti- June 6, 4 pm
Decorate a black sheet to look like a galaxy. Our galaxy will be on display in TeenScape for the rest of the summer.
Nebula in a Bottle- June 13, 4 pm
What is a Nebula anyway? Find out, and then create a Nebula in a bottle.
VR: Space Travel- June 20, 4 pm
Explore space as if you were there IRL via our Oculus Go Virtual Reality Headsets.
Make It! Space Video- June 27, 4 pm
Shoot some video in front of a green screen and then edit the videos in the computer lab (bring a flash drive or your email address).
Make it! Telescope- July 11, 4 pm
Discover how telescopes work as we make our own using magnifying lenses, duct tape and paper towel rolls.
Make it! Edible Constellations- July 18, 4 pm
Make constellations using marshmallows and pretzel sticks.
For Adults… The Program
Log your minutes on Beanstack (nchcpl.beanstack.org) to earn badges and prizes. Earn raffle tickets for prizes in one of three ways: by reading for 100 minutes, attending a library program, or writing a review. This year’s grand prizes are a Telmu F40070M Telescope and a Star Wars Gift Bundle.
For Adults (18+)… Event Highlights
The Stars & Beyond- Tuesday, June 4, 6 pm
Is the universe expanding? Are galaxies moving away from us? Dr. Edward Rhoads leads us through an exploration of space.
Out of this World: Storytime for Adults- June 14 & July 12, 2 pm
Listen to a space-themed story and enjoy a snack and craft. This event is for all adults but aimed in particular for those with special needs.
Astronomy Apps- June 25, 6 pm
Explore different astronomy apps and learn how to use them.
Telescope Instruction- July 16, 6 pm
Get hands-on experience setting up one of the library’s telescopes….before you check one out! (That’s right… we’re going to have telescopes available to check out!)
Model Rocket- Tuesday, July 23, 6 pm
Under the supervision of an engineering teacher, we are making our own model rockets.