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School-aged Summer Reading Challenge

Children who read independently and have completed grades K-6 are invited to participate in Summer Reading. Beanstack*, our virtual platform, is your destination for recording the time you spend reading and the activities in which you participate. 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, author interviews, guest performers, contests, games, and much more!

Age-appropriate virtual programs 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 an independent reader completes twelve hours of reading, please contact Mrs. Siefken at carol.siefken@wlnonline.org to arrange for pick up of the Congratulations Packet. A Congratulations Packet is available once the Completion Badge on Beanstack is earned. Badges are virtual stickers achieved by completing an activity or reading goal.  The School-aged Summer Reading Challenge DO IT! badges are grouped based on themes but are open-ended for children to have fun learning all summer long.

Win by reading! The more reading you enter into our virtual platform, Beanstack, the higher chance you have to win one of our ten $10.00 gift cards.  The drawing will occur on August 15, 2020, where we will pull from our amazing collection of readers! We will make arrangements so that you can receive these gift cards as easily as possible in these confusing times.

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, and special events from Stage Right! 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 School-aged Summer Reading Challenge, 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, but 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* with #MCLSRC and #PhotographIt.

 

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* or Instagram* with #MCLSRC and #ColorIt.


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.

DESIGN IT!

□ Imagine a castle built of marshmallows. Many fairy tales have royalty and castles! Use toothpicks and marshmallows to see how tall or wide you can make a castle and how much weight it can hold. Share a picture of your creation on Facebook* or Instagram* with the #MCLSRC and #DesignIt.

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* or Instagram* with #MCLSRC and #ColorIt.


Week 3 June 21 – 27: Imagine Your Science Story

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* or Instagram* with #MCLSRC and #ColorIt.

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 our Facebook* or Instagram* using  #MCLSRC

Steve Haberman’s “Just Imagine” Magic Show!

Join us for this fascinating window into the world of magic. Our favorite magician will teach an illusion, tell funny stories, and trick you right before your very eyes in this video that premieres Thursday, June 25 at 9:00 a.m. on our website.


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

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!

□Franklin Regional High School’s FRobotics Team will present a workshop. They will challenge you to build a robot out of recycled materials and describe the function your robot can perform. This video premieres on Friday, July 3 at 9:00 a.m. on our website. Share a photo or a drawing of your robot on Facebook* or Instagram* using #MCLBuilds #MCLSRC. Check back later for more information.

 

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 YouTube channel at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 30.


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

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 Thursday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m. 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!

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.

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 Youtube Channel 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

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.

COOK IT!

□ Patti Irrgang of the Common Goodness Cooking School will take you on a nutritious Fairy Tale kitchen journey. Watch as she catches and decorates the gingerbread man, makes the giant’s favorite stew, and shows how the beans from Jack’s garden turned out. Your adventure begins at 9:00 a.m. on July 23 on our YouTube channel.


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

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.

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.


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

WALK IT!

Get outdoors and take a StoryWalk along the path at Murrysville Community Park Wetlands. Enjoy reading the fractured fairytale, The Three Ninja Pigs by author Corey Rosen Schwartz, posted along the walking trail. Kids and adults will be left howling with the tongue-in-cheek rhymes. Illustrator Dan Santat’s pictures will keep readers moving from page to page. Exercise outdoors as you stroll and read with your family. StoryWalk begins on August 1 and continues throughout August in partnership with the Murrysville Recreation Department. 

Coordinator of Youth Services, Mrs. Carol Siefken, and her assistant, Amanda Bach, had a blast setting up the StoryWalk while enjoying the natural beauty of the community park.

The Murrysville Community Park Wetlands are located across the road from the park’s main entrance at 4056 Wiestertown Road. A covered pavilion is also located at the wetlands, so pack a picnic lunch to better enjoy the experience!

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 Princess 1. Share your creation with us on Facebook* or Instagram* with #MCLSRC and #ColorIt.

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.

PICTURE IT!

Join us in the enriching ‘WORDshop’ where the funny guy, Mike Perry, also known as the Un-noun Custodian, hangs out and discovers an ‘un-noun’ object or two. This ‘WORDshop’ is alive with creativity and humor, and will be a live Bluejeans meeting on Wednesday, August 5 at 11:00 .a.m. This program’s registration includes a Picture this! booklet that encourages you to be the illustrator! We will share our illustrations live on Bluejeans.

 

Fairytale Friday

Join Coordinator of Youth Services 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. You can also color Page and Kenny on their adventure!

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,  and nautical themed pencil 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 Coordinator of Youth Services  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 Princess 2. Share your creation with us on Facebook* or Instagram* with #MCLSRC and #ColorIt.

 

 

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