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Read-to-Me Club

 

Babies, toddlers, and young children who are not yet reading independently are invited to listen to stories read to them by their reading partners. Beanstack*, our virtual platform, is your destination for recording the time you spend reading books and the activities you share together. We are partnering with Page Turner Adventures to bring you programming five days a week chock full of fun. This award-winning production includes comedy story theater shows, crafts, recipes, guest performers, contests, games, and much more!

Age-appropriate virtual storytimes and events may require registration. For program registration go to the calendar or click on the link in the program description below. When your child is registered for a program, a valid e-mail address is required. Prior to the meeting you will be sent a link allowing you to join the program. All program meetings will occur via BlueJeans, a virtual meeting platform. A BlueJeans account is not required to join a program as a guest. If a valid e-mail address is not provided, your child will not be able to attend the program.

When your child completes four hours of shared reading in the Read-to-Me Club, please contact Mrs. Siefken at carol.siefken@wlnonline.org to arrange for pick up of your child’s Congratulations Packet. Your child is ready to receive a Congratulations Packet once the Completion Badge on Beanstack is earned. Badges are virtual stickers earned by completing an activity or reading goal. Read-to-Me Club DO IT! badges are grouped based on themes but are open-ended for young children and their families to have fun learning together all summer long.

Beginning on Monday, June 8 you will find links to activity pages and upcoming program information below. Exciting new programs such as science workshops from Mad Science Pittsburgh, musical performances by the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, special events from Stage Right!, and Story Walks through our community parks are still in the works. Our website will be updated with this information and more so be sure to check back.

Join us for live music under the oak trees at Townsend Park. Each date will feature a different performer, food truck, and beverage vendor. The Murrysville Community Library will provide kids’ activities. Bring your blanket or chair and enjoy an evening in the park! Tuesdays at Townsend takes place from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on June 23, June 30, July 7,  and July 21.

Videos posted to our YouTube channel for any Summer Reading Challenge are available to view from their premier date and time through August 15.

If you have any questions about this year’s Read-to-Me Club, please send an e-mail to the Library at murrysville@wlnonline.org.

Links to the other Summer Reading Challenges:


Week 1 June 8 – June 13: Imagine Your Fairytale Story

PHOTOGRAPH IT!

Imagine what your watchful eyes can spy in the outdoors. Keep this Nature Photo Safari Hunt worksheet with you during the summer. Track with an “X” in each box next to the item you find. Be careful to leave everything the way you found it outside. Take a photo with your grown-up’s phone or camera and talk about what you found. We’d love to see your photos! Share them on Facebook* or Instagram* and tag us.

COLOR IT!

Imagine all the rainbow of colors you can add to a picture. This week you’re invited to color beautiful a Castle! Share your creation with us on Facebook* and Instagram* with #MCLSRC and #ColorIt.

DRAW IT!

□Imagine someone who you think is a hero and draw a picture of him or her. Talk with your grown-up about why this person is brave, courageous, helpful, kind, or friendly? What does this person mean to you and others? When finished, say thank you to your hero or send the picture him or her to show your appreciation.


Week 2 June 14 – June 20: Imagine Your Space Story

Call to Adventure Activity Card

□Use this Activity Card to guide your summer adventures!

PERFORM IT!

□This “Books Come Alive” performance by Stage Right! is based on the book The Popcorn Dragon by Jane Thayer. You’ll fall in love with Dexter, a charming dragon with some newfound skills. The virtual performance will premier on Friday, June 19 at 9:00 a.m.

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH IT!

□ We welcome you to join our stuffed animal and toy parade on Facebook and Instagram. Line up a few of your favorite toys and plushies in formation. Then take a video or picture of them to share with our community on Facebook* or Instagram* using #MCLToyParade #MCLSRC #TogetherApart. We can’t wait to see who will be in our community parade.

COLOR IT!

Imagine all the rainbow of colors you can add to a picture. This week you’re invited to color our wonderful Princess Cinderella! Share your creation with us on Facebook* and Instagram* with #MCLSRC and #ColorIt.

CONNECT IT!

Imagine what you can create when you make connections. What could this week’s picture be? Finish the dot-to-dot to discover it! Share your creation on Facebook* and Instagram* with #MCLSRC.


Week 3 June 21 – 27: Imagine Your Science Story

Fairytale Friday

□Join Mrs. Siefken and Miss Mandy on Friday, June 26 at 11:00 a.m. for their first Fairytale Friday event. This program requires registration, and that a valid e-mail address be provided.

BUILD IT!

As a family use Lego bricks to tell your favorite story. Design the set and add in other toys and creative items from around your home and yard as part of your tale. If you don’t have Lego bricks, use whatever blocks or materials you have available to create your scene. Share your Lego story on Facebook* or Instagram* with #MCLBuilds #MCLSRC.

RECYCLE IT!

Watch a video filmed at REWIND – Reuse Center and Workshop on that premieres Tuesday, June 23 at 9:00 a.m. on our Youtube channel* with Val Paulisick and staff. Hear a story and join in never-ending creative fun. Share a photo of your recycled creation on our Facebook* or Instagram* pages using #MCLBuilds #MCLSRC.

Search your house or yard for seven items (more or less) that you can recycle into a DIY craft project. Add tape, glue, paints, paper, markers, crayons, stickers, etc. to complete whatever you can imagine. Will you create a robot, a castle, a ship, a machine, a catapult or something else? Take a photo and share it to Facebook* or Instagram* using #MCLSRC

SHOW IT!

□ Join Mrs. Siefken and her assistant Miss Mandy for a monthly Show and Tell event. Please bring something or someone you want to share. For two minutes, you will be able to tell us where you got it, and why it’s important to you. We’ll listen and learn from each other and end with a story that Mrs. Siefken will Show and Tell. June’s Show and Tell meeting will be on Monday, June 22 at 1:00 p.m. This program requires registration, and that a valid e-mail address be provided.

COLOR IT!

Imagine a new gadget for Spiderman to use! Then color this picture of Spiderman using your invention. Share your creation with us on Facebook* and Instagram* with #MCLSRC and #ColorIt.

CONNECT IT!

Imagine what you can create when you make connections. What could this week’s picture be? Finish the dot-to-dot to discover it! Share your creation on Facebook* and Instagram* with #MCLSRC.


Week 4 June 28 – July 4: Imagine Your Adventure Story

DRAW IT! 

Draw a picture of a robot! Tell your grown-up how your robot works and what it does. Share your picture on Facebook* or Instagram* using #MCLDraws #MCLSRC.

 

COLOR IT!

Imagine all the rainbow of colors you can add to a picture.This week you can take a journey into the forest with Pooh and Roo! Share your creation with us on Facebook* or Instagram* with #MCLSRC and #ColorIt.

STEM IT!

□Join Mad Science of Pittsburgh for a live interactive science show called “Dragon Scales and Other Tales” on Monday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m. This performance will include scientific experiments woven into stories of magic, mischief, and mayhem. Join us on this experimental adventure with the great witch Spectaclia and her pet dragon who can unleash fireballs and smoke rings. This program requires registration, and that a valid e-mail address be provided.

IMAGINE IT!

□Imagine the animal kingdom with Pat Laemmle from Nature-ology. Polar bears, brown bears, and black bears, OH MY! Learn about the best places for our bear friends to live in North America. Fun facts about the two big bears and the one little bear will be just right for you and your family. The video premiers on our YoutTube channel at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 30.


Week 5 July 5 – July 11: Imagine Your Musical Story

Barynya: Russian Dance Ensemble

□  Barynya, an amazing fast-paced Russian Folk Dancing duo will perform virtually, featuring their unique musical instruments, songs, costumes, and dances. This accomplished Russian song and dance team is amazing to watch. Join us for the theatrical performance at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 6, or July 20. This program requires registration, and that a valid e-mail address be provided.

COLOR IT!

Imagine all the rainbow of colors you can add to a picture, follow the links below to coloring pags. This week you’re invited to color a Dragon! Share your creation with us on Facebook* or Instagram* with #MCLSRC and #ColorIt.

MAKE-BELIEVE IT!

□ Dress up as a princess, pirate, or character from your favorite story. You will be greeted by some popular princesses and pirates from Stage Right!, as they sing and they talk with you live on Zoom. Tune in on July 9 at 1:00 p.m. This program requires registration, and that a valid e-mail address be provided.

Fairytale Friday

□Join Mrs. Siefken and Miss Mandy on Friday, July 10 at 11:00 a.m. for their Fairytale Friday event. This program requires registration, and that a valid e-mail address be provided.


Week 6 July 12 – July 18: Imagine Your Cooking Story

WATCH IT!

□ To watch the videos join the Library’s closed Facebook group MCL Summer Reading where they will be available all summer. You can also view the videos on the website from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. each weekday.

Monday: This week, we head into the kitchen for THE GREAT PIZZA CONTEST show, featuring two feuding pizza makers, Vincent Van Dough and Leonardo Da Munchi as they vie to make the birthday pie for Mayor Ann Chovi.

Tuesday: Kids will become the people in the town of Mozzarella when they make paper-plate “flag” pizza use these flags to inspire you, pie in a glass and a no-bake fruit pizza.

Wednesday: Our guest author this week is Margaret Dilloway, you might know her as the author of Summer of a Thousand Pies.

Thursday: Older kids will flex their cooking and crafting chops when they make a pencil-thin mustache, use our mustache template to help make your mustache, granola pinwheels, and torilla pizza.

Friday: Instead of a guest performer, this week we’ll visit the Noodle Station to learn to make ramen noodles.

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra

□ Join us for an educating and enriching meeting and experience with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra on Monday, July 13 at 11:00 a.m. or Thursday, August 6 at 2:00 p.m. This program requires registration, and that a valid e-mail address be provided.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

□ Boys and girls, grab your tutu or your tights and join the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre on Wednesday, July 15 at 10:30 a.m. to practice and learn the basics of the professional ballet art form through the story Giraffes Can’t Dance. This program requires registration, and that a valid e-mail address be provided.

RECYCLE IT!

□Can magic stop a town from litterbugs? Join Miss. Natalie from Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling to find out in the story The Wartville Wizard by Don Madden. After listening to the story, stick around for a quick discussion on the importance of always throwing trash in the garbage can and a gain a few craft ideas on making a litter bag for the car. This video will premiere on our website Thursday, July 16 at 9:00 a.m.

PLANT IT!

□Imagine how gardens grow, blossom, and buzz with the Murrysville Garden Club. Stories, songs, sign language, gardening facts, and virtual fun will be planted. You will learn the art and science that goes into creating healthy foods and flowers, which includes hummingbirds who work as pollinators. This video premieres Friday, July 17 at 9:00 a.m. on our YouTube channel. Our Bee Garden Project sponsored by the Michael J. and Aimee Rusinko Kakos Fund continues to attract our pollinators on our learning quest to discover more about bees and their importance to our food supply. Registration is required for a gardening to-go bag. Please enter a valid phone number so that we can schedule a pick-up time.

PERFORM IT!

This “Books Come Alive” performance by Stage Right! is based on the book Falling for Rapunzel by . You’ll be captivated by our off-beat Princess Rapunzel and the Prince that’s fallen in love with her! Will this Prince and Princess get their happy ending? Find out by tuning into our virtual performance, which will premier on our website Saturday, July 18 at 9:00 a.m.

COLOR IT!

Imagine all the rainbow of colors you can add to a picture. This week you can create some Flowers in all colors! Share your creation with us on Facebook* or Instagram* with #MCLSRC and #ColorIt.


Week 7 July 19 – July 25: Imagine Your Underwater Story

WATCH IT!

□ To watch the videos join the Library’s closed Facebook group MCL Summer Reading where they will be available all summer. You can also view the videos on the website from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. each weekday.

Monday: It’s time to get wet and wild with this underwater comedy show featuring everyone’s favorite small but mighty superheroes, Melvin the Mantis Shrimp and Agatha the Axiotl.

Tuesday: Kids at home will learn tons of weird watery fun facts when they play our trivia game show, GET SOAKED. Everyone can cool off with our sandpaper craft, paper towel tube rainsticks, and bubble art.

Wednesday: We have two amazing writers this week. Author, poet, storyteller, and former librarian, Shutta Crum will make it rain with her book THUNDER BOOMER and Author/Illustrator Janeen Mason will wow us with her OCEAN COMMOTION series of picture books.

Thursday: Older kids will love Hydro-Dipping as they create one-of-a-kind designs in this creative craze that’s sweeping Youtube.

Friday: Our guest performer, Burl the Bubble Guy comes to us all the way from Cologne, Germany! He will blow your mind with an awesome bubble show.

SHOW IT!

□ Join Mrs. Siefken and her assistant Miss Mandy for a monthly Show and Tell event. Please bring something or someone you want to share. For two minutes, you will be able to tell us where you got it, and why it’s important to you. We’ll listen and learn from each other and finish with a story that Mrs. Siefken will Show and Tell. July’s Show and Tell meeting will be on Monday July, 20 at 1:00 p.m. This program requires registration, and that a valid e-mail address be provided.

Fairytale Friday

□Join Mrs. Siefken and Miss Mandy on Friday, July 24 at 11:00 a.m. for their Fairytale Friday event. This program requires registration, and that a valid e-mail address be provided.

COLOR IT!

Imagine all the rainbow of colors you can add to a picture. This week we have Mr. Johnny Appleseed! Share your creation with us on Facebook* or Instagram* with #MCLSRC and #ColorIt.


Week 8 July 26 – August 1: Imagine Your Circus Story

WATCH IT!

□ To watch the videos join the Library’s closed Facebook group MCL Summer Reading where they will be available all summer. You can also view the videos on the website from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. each weekday.

Monday: A steamer trunk, a mysterious book, and a hat belonging to Harry Houdini begin THE MAGNIFICENT CIRCUS MYSTERY, an outrageous show filled with magic, juggling, unicycling, and comedy.

Tuesday: Kids will make clown bookmarks, as well as their own magical steamer trunks.

Wednesday: Our author and illustrator this week is the incredible Tom Lichtenheld, who is perhaps best known for his illustrations of GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT CONSTRUCTION SITE, but he’s juggled many other projects over the years that he’ll tell us all about.

Thursday: Older kids will learn how to juggle plastic grocery store bags and how to make their own juggling balls!

Friday: Our guest performer is world-renowned magician and Houdini historian, Jessica Jane Peterson as seen on Penn & Teller’s Fool Me. Then we’ll take a virtual tour of the International Clown Hall of Fame in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

□ Boys and girls, grab your tutu or your tights and join the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre on Wednesday, July 29 at 10:30 a.m. to practice and learn the basics of the professional ballet art form through the story of Cinderella. This program requires registration, and that a valid e-mail address be provided.

DESIGN IT

□ Imagine designing your own mask for a Fairy Tale Masquerade Ball. You can use this template* to create a beautiful mask and then share a picture of it on Facebook* or Instagram* with #MCLSRC and #DesignIt.

DRAW IT!

□Imagine your own fairytale. Decide what characters are going to be in your fairytale and where it’s going to take place. Tell your grown-up your fairy tale, then DRAW IT together!

COLOR IT!

Imagine all the rainbow of colors you can add to a picture. This week we have a Tree House that needs your creativity in order to be a Tree Home! Share your creation with us on Facebook* or Instagram* with #MCLSRC and #ColorIt.

CONNECT IT!

Imagine what you can create when you make connections. What could this week’s picture be? Finish the dot-to-dot to discover it! Share your creation on Facebook* and Instagram* with #MCLSRC.


Week 9 August 2 – August 8: Imagine Your Theater Story

WATCH IT!

□ To watch the videos join the Library’s closed Facebook group MCL Summer Reading where they will be available all summer. You can also view the videos on the website from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. each weekday.

Monday: This week, we’re heading to the stage with the very dramatic tale of the DRAMA DRAGON who decides that having too many feelings is just not worth it!

Tuesday: We’ll make Drama Dragon toilet tube puppets and play theater games.

Wednesday: Our guest author is non-fiction superstar Bethany Hegedus, the creator of multiple biographies including RISE!: FROM CAGED BIRD TO POET OF THE PEOPLE, MAYA ANGELOU

Thursday: Older kids will learn some fun improv games including zip zap zop and zombie tag. They’ll also make tissue box puppet theaters.

Friday: Our guest performer is the hilarious ventriloquist, Mr. A (aka Richard Adler) and his dragon friend.

ACT IT!

Imagine you could turn into a fantastic beast, a fairytale princess or prince, a mythical creature, a dragon, a favorite hero, or anyone from a fairytale, tall tale, or legend. Dress up with props and creative objects from around the house to transform yourself into a story character or creature. Have your grown-up share your photo and character’s name with us on Facebook* or Instagram* using #ImagineThat and #MCLSRC. The photos will then be added to our IMAGINE THAT! photo album on our Facebook* page. The entire family is encouraged to get in the act and join the cast of your make-believe story! Make up a play, song, or story for all the characters to perform.

COLOR IT!

Imagine all the rainbow of colors you can add to a picture. This week we have a Fairy Princess that needs some color! Fairy 1. Share your creation with us on Facebook* or Instagram* with #MCLSRC and #ColorIt.

IMAGINE IT!

□Imagine the animal kingdom with Pat Laemmle from Nature-ology. Oh opossum!  She’ll teach you about marsupials and their close cousins monotremes, one of which might you be able to see in your yard. Some of these funky creatures might look similar to your pets, but you will learn just how different they are. The video premiers on our YouTube channel* at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 4.

Fairytale Friday

□Join Mrs. Siefken and Miss Mandy on Friday, August 7 at 11:00 a.m. for their Fairytale Friday event. This program requires registration, and that a valid e-mail address be provided.


Week 10 August 9 – August 15: Imagine Your Pirate Story

WATCH IT!

□ To watch the videos join the Library’s closed Facebook group MCL Summer Reading where they will be available all summer. You can also view the videos on the website from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. each weekday.

Monday: Ahoy! This week we set sail with CAPTAIN BOOK AND THE BOOKANEERS!

Tuesday: Kids at home will help the captain find his treasure with a spyglass craft and balloon-powered pirate ship.

Wednesday: Our guest author is the swashbuckling Melinda Long, author of HOW I BECAME A PIRATE and PIRATES DON’T CHANGE DIAPERS.

Thursday: Older kids will make pirate maps, embossed seashell rubbings, and nautical-themed candles from glass jars.

Friday: You’ll have the chance to join our crew and brush up on your pirate lingo with our guest performer, Pirate Billy Bones aka David Engel from David Engel’s Pirate School.

SHOW IT!

□ Join Mrs. Siefken and her assistant Miss Mandy for a monthly Show and Tell event. Please bring something or someone you want to share. For two minutes, you will be able to tell us where you got it, and why it’s important to you. We’ll listen and learn from each other and finish with a story that Mrs. Siefken will Show and Tell. August’s Show and Tell meeting will be on Monday, August 10 at 1:00 p.m. This program requires registration, and that a valid e-mail address be provided.

VISIT IT!

□ Imagine taking a virtual field trip to visit any place, near or far, in the world. Choose anywhere on land, in the sea, or in the air to learn something new, with help from this “map“. Write a story, draw a picture or create an art project showing what you learned, and share your journey on Facebook* or Instagram* with #MCLSRC and #VisitIt.

COLOR IT!

Imagine all the rainbow of colors you can add to a picture. This week we have a mystical fairy that needs your help and your creativity! Fairy 2. Share your creation with us on Facebook* or Instagram* with #MCLSRC and #ColorIt.

CONNECT IT!

Imagine what you can create when you make connections. What could this week’s picture be? Finish the dot-to-dot to discover it! Share your creation on Facebook* and Instagram* with #MCLSRC.

 

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