Last chance to sign up for Topsfield Fair’s Read and Win Program

Please sign up by Monday, August 8th for Topsfield Fair’s Read and Win Program. There is still time to sign up for Sawyer Free Library’s Summer Reading Program, too.  Congratulations to our many participants who have read great books this summer and collected book bucks and stickers. Prizes will be available sometime in September, TBA.

Children’s Summer Reading Program, “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!”

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It’s Summer Reading Program Time! This year’s theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” Come join the library for a summer of fun, exercise, reading, and learning!  The children’s room has a great collection of books about sports, athletes, fitness, and wellness. You can also read whatever you want!  See our exciting schedule of activities below and don’t forget to sign up for the summer reading program and Topsfield Fair Read and Win program to earn prizes on our Summer Reading Program Page.

Summer Reading Program Events

Some programs require registration. You can register on the library calendar of events.

June 25, Saturday, 11:00 a.m.: New Balance-Newell Stadium – Teen Summer Reading Kickoff with Lolli-Hoops, Families with children elementary age and up are invited to come hula hoop!

July 1, Friday, 10:00 a.m.: Children’s Summer Reading Kickoff with Jungle Jim. Take in a Balloon Magic Show: The Reading Olympics and try your hand at cupcake decorating (and eating) while you sign up for the summer reading program and enter our raffles to win prizes! (Library Friend Room).

July 8, Friday, 10 a.m.: Kamishibai Storytime with Rachel Grinstead-Babson. Kamishibai is a traditional Japanese form of storytelling using picture cards. This is a great chance to learn about Japanese history and culture while hearing fascinating stories. (Library Friend Room).

July 13 and July 20, Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Yoga for Kids.  On Your Mark,Get Set, Read! Join us for a session of yoga for kids as part of our summer reading program. Ages 6 and up! (Library Friend Room). Registration required: July 13, July 20

July 15, Friday, 10:30 a.m.: Wonders of the Earth: Crystals and Fossils. We will have lots of scientific fun learning about crystals, fossils, and the geology of the earth with John Madama. (Library Friend Room). Earn a book buck!

July 19, Tuesday, 2:00 p.m.: Davis Bates, Storyteller. Celebrate the magic of summer with Davis Bates, who will be leading us in a “Summer Reading Song & Story Celebration.” (Library Friend Room).

July 26, Tuesday, 11:00 a.m.: Cape Pond Ice Tour. Experience a tour of the day-to-day happenings at Gloucester’s historic ice company. Dress for a freezer! Participants will meet at Cape Pond Ice at 10:45am. Space is limited and registration is required. (Meet at Cape Pond Ice, 104 Commercial St., Gloucester).

July 29, Friday, 10:30 a.m.: Light, Optics, and Illusions with John Madama. Come learn about light, optics, and illusions. (Library Friend Room). Earn a book buck!

July 30, Saturday, 11:00 a.m.: Family Zumba at the YMCA. Aerobic fitness with Latin American music and moves. Registration required. (Class meets at the YMCA).

August 2, Tuesday, 2:00 p.m.: Meet NFL Superbowl Champion Mike Flynn! (Library Friend Room).

August 16 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Countdown to Kindergarten (Citywide Event). 5:30 p.m. at the Library: Meet Beatrix Potter, with a performance by Carol Finn.

Regular Programming

Dads and Donuts, Saturday, July 23 and Saturday, August 6 at 10:30 a.m. A fun morning of donuts, playtime, songs, stories, and hands-on activities. All are welcome.

Lego Club, Mondays: June 27, July 25, and August 29 at 2:00 p.m., ages 6 and up, registration required. Join us for some Lego building fun! Registration required: June 27, July 25, August 29

Minecraft Club, Mondays: July 11 and 18, August 8 and 22 at 3:30 p.m., for children going into grade 1 and up. Come explore new worlds in Minecraft, learn advanced tricks, and make new friends who share your love of the game. Registration required: July 11, July 18, August 8, August 22

Science Club, Friday: August 19, at 2 p.m., grades 2-5. Come explore eye-opening science activities! Registration required: August 19

Summer Storytimes, Wednesdays at 10 a.m., Thursdays in August at 10 a.m.

Zyla Club, Wednesdays, 3:30 Grades 2-4. A new club for reading with Zyla the Therapy Dog and Friends. Read stories, play with a dog, and make dog crafts! Registration required: July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27


Singing and Signing at Storytime

Vicki Marsh and Wendy Manninen of Optimistic Voices, along with children from La Petite Chorale, joined three of Diana’s Friday storytimes in January, February, and March.  They entertained large, delighted crowds of children, families, local preschools, and senior centers.  Everyone loved singing favorite classic songs and learning signs, and it was a wonderful opportunity for the generations to come together and have a great time.  Funding for these wildly popular events was provided by the Constance T. Rhinelander Children’s Fund (January) and the Gloucester Cultural Council (February and March).