July Book of the Month

This month’s pic is War Brothers: The Graphic Novel by Sharon E. McKay.

Though fiction, it’s a vivid look at what actually happened and still happens in Gulu, Uganda. McKay based this book on interviews with child soldiers, abducted from schools and from their families, who were forced to kill or be killed. These children escaped and returned to their homeland. But while they attempt to lead a normal life, they continue to carry the horrific memories with them.

Summer Reading is Here!

Explode into some great books this summer at the Sawyer Free Library! Summer Reading has begun and it’s time to visit the library and check out some great reads. Sign up for the library’s Summer Reading Program and let the fun begin. After each book you read, you are able to keep a record with your very own personal account. You can even write a review! After you have read 5 books, stop by the Sawyer Free Children’s Library and collect your prize. It’s easy! Happy Reading! Questions? Contact the Children’s Library at (978) 281-9763.

You can find all of our Summer Reading Events on our calendar and below.


Creature Teachers with Littleton’s Rick Roth
Exciting Educational Fun with Live Animals. For all ages
Monday, July 7, 2:00 p.m.

Art in the Theater: Pleasant Street Art Walks Art Activity at the SFL Greek Theater
In the event of rain, these will be held in the Friend Room. For grades K-5
Saturday, July 12 & August 9, 10:00 a.m.

Swimmy PuppeTree of Vermont
A show to educate, enthrall, and inspire while learning about ecology and science! For all ages.
Tuesday, July 15, 2:30 p.m.

ScienceTellers: Using science experiments to Tell Stories
Dragons and Dreams Stories & Experiments. For grades K-5
Thursday, July 17, 10:30 a.m.

Pinto Bella Hoops: Fun with Hula Hoops
For grades K-5.
Tuesday, July 22, 2:00 p.m.

Science of Snakes with Gloucester’s Rick Roth
For all ages.
Saturday, July 26, 10:00 a.m.

Science Magic
Investigate the science behind magic with the traveling program of the Museum of Science. For all ages
Thursday, July 31, 2:30 p.m.

Maritime Gloucester (Register Online)
Join us for a visit to the Sea Pocket Aquarium and craft activity for parents and children. For all ages
Tuesday, August 5, 10:30 a.m.

Experimental Tea Party
Make, create, blend and pour for a tea party like no other. Join us as we wrap up another exciting Summer Reading Program! For all ages Thursday, August 14, 10:30 a.m.

Gloucester Counts Down to Kindergarten
City Hall, Cape Ann Museum & Sawyer Free Library. For children entering Kindergarten Fall 2014 & their families
Tuesday, August 19, 5-7:30 p.m. C

Summer Storytimes
For all ages.
Wednesdays: July 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 at 10:00 a.m. August 6 & 13 at 10:00 a.m.

Dads and Donuts
For ages 2-6
Saturday, August 23, 10:00 a.m.

Science Club (Register online)
For children entering grades 2-5
Wednesdays: July 16 and 30; August 6 & 13 2:30 p.m.

Lego Club (Register online)
For ages 6-12
Tuesday, July 8, 2pm Monday, July 21 & August 11, 2:30 p.m.

Duplo Club (Register online)
For ages 2-5
Monday, August 4, 2:30 p.m.

Science of Cooking Club (Register online)
For ages 6 and up
Wednesday, July 9, 3:00 p.m. Friday, August 8, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 12, 2:30 p.m.

Science Crafts Workshop
For all ages
Thursday, July 24, 2:00 p.m.

Pajama Storytime
For preschoolers
Tuesdays, July 1 and August 5, 7:00 p.m.

Fizz, Boom, Read! Sign Up for Summer Reading!

Explode into some great books this summer!  Summer Reading is now underway and  you may sign up in the Children’s Library or online from our Summer Reading Sign-Up Page.  Participants may choose one of all of our three programs.  It’s easy!  Read, log your books, and receive great prizes.  Details for each program are located here.   Our suggested reading lists are also available for recommendations on some fantastic books.  In addition, please check out all of our wonderful programs on our online calendar that will be taking place this summer.  You can even register online!  Our Summer Reading Kickoff Event takes place July 7th with Rick Roth of Creature Teachers.   Many great programs to follow include Art in the Greek Theatre, fun with Pinto Bella Hula Hoops, Science Magic from the Museum of Science, ScienceTellers, and Swimmy from Puppetree of Vermont.    Our regular favorites will also be taking place as well.   Children can register for Science Clubs, Lego Clubs, and the Science of Cooking.  The summer will end with an Experimental Tea Party.   Please come visit us this summer and  Happy Reading!