Kids Summer Reading Programs
Don’t forget to pick up your FREE Railcats tickets for the whole family and join us at the ballpark to celebrate your participation in Summer Reading. Ask at any library public desk.
Night at the Ballpark Railcats Games: Tuesday, July 30 OR Thursday, August 1
KIDS SUMMER READING EVENTS – CROWN POINT LOCATION
Pre-K – 5th Grade
Saturday, June 1, at 10 a.m.
Saturday, July 6, at 10 a.m.
Would your child like a patient, attentive friend to read to? Greyt Readers provides an opportunity for your child to read to retired greyhounds in a relaxed atmosphere. The dogs sit calmly and quietly for a story. Children can practice reading out loud without fear of judgment. It’s a great way for children to gain confidence in their reading.
Saturdays, June 1 and 8, at 11 a.m.
Students in 1st grade and up are invited to experience art. Each week a different artist will be introduced. Learn about their lives, their art style, and works of art through literature. Create a unique masterpiece imitating the artist’s style. Registration is for all 4 sessions.
Lego Challenge Contest
Saturday, June 8, at 2 p.m.
Monday, July 1 at 3 p.m.
Use your imagination to complete a Lego challenge. Challenge contest creations will be displayed and voted on for our Lego contest. All masterpieces will be on display for one month. Registration required and opens May 20.
Summer Reading Kick-off
Monday, June 10, 1-3 p.m.
Help us kick off Summer Reading at the library! This year’s theme is Universe of Stories and we will be celebrating with some out of this world crafts and activities.
Challenger Center: Science Stations
Wednesday, June 12, 2-3 p.m.
The Challenger Center will be presenting 3 interactive science stations: Back to the Moon, Bubble-ology, Test Tube Trivia. Registration starts June 3. All ages
Wednesdays at 4:30-6:30 p.m.
June 12, 19, and 26
July 17, 24, and 31
Students in grades 1-8 are invited to work independently to master logic and technology skills. Using independent thinking games, snap circuits, makey-makey, sphero and scratch coding, participants compete against themselves to earn rewards and recognition. Activities are STEAM based, (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) and encourage creativity and build real-world skills. Drop in anytime between 4:30 and 6:30 Wednesday evenings. No registration is necessary.
Thursday, June 13, 10 a.m.
The aliens have taken over! Drop-in to the Children’s Department for different alien themed crafts. All ages. No Registration. While supplies last.
Star Lord Song Challenge
Thursday, June 13 at 4 p.m.
Adolescents Assemble! Let’s gather and make our “Awesome Mix” just like Star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy. We will make our own versions of the best playlists for space exploration (and saving the galaxy) and vote on the best one! We will also have a mini dance-off with a baby Groot twist. Ages 11- 17. Registration required and opens June 3.
Sphero Space Academy
Saturdays, June 15, 22, and 29, at 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
This three-session program will enable students to write basic code to transform Sphero into a space rover exploring outer space terrain. Each session builds on the skill learned the previous week. Registration is for all three sessions and opens June 3.
Family Movies and More!
Monday, June 17, at 2:30 p.m.
Enjoy Walt Disney Pictures “A Wrinkle in Time.” Travel with Meg to an unknown planet to find and rescue her missing father. Enjoy popcorn and other special treats found in your movie treat bag. No registration is necessary. Goodie bags are available while supplies last.
Storytimes in Space
Tuesdays, June 18, 25 and July 9,16, 23, and 30 at 10 a.m.
Let’s get far out as we reach for galaxies far, far away in this interactive storytime. Each week we will read stories, sing songs and create crafts around a different space theme. It’s going to be out of this world fun! Registration required and opens June 3. Ages 0- 5
Stories and Stars
June 18 at 8:30 p.m. at the Lake County Fairgrounds
Join us at the Lake County Fairgrounds at 8:30 p.m. to hear space-themed stories under the stars! At 9 p.m., the Calumet Astronomical Society will join us for a brief presentation about stars and planets that we can see from NWI! Registration is encouraged but not required.
DIY Moon Phases Shirt
Thursday, June 20 at 2 p.m.
Ages 5 and up
Bring your own black, prewashed shirt. We will learn about moon phases and make our own moon phase inspired t-shirt. Registration required and starts June 3.
Baby Art: Space Edition
Thursdays, June 20 and July 18 at 10 a.m.
Babies age 6-24 months and their caregivers are invited to create artwork that is out of this world! Babies and their caregivers can visit different stations to create all types of masterpieces in this drop-in, self guided program. Messes are likely- so dress accordingly! Registration required. Registration for the June program opens June 3. Registration for the July program opens July 1.
Mindful Martians Kids Yoga
Friday, June 21, 10 am.
Join certified yoga instructor Kayla Kopf for a space themed kids yoga practice. Kids Yoga with Kayla is an imaginative and fun yoga for children aged 3 to 8 years. Children go on wild and wonderful journeys as the heroes in their own adventure – and build their strength, balance, and confidence in the process, with yoga postures, breathing and relaxation techniques. This class is inclusive and offers a complete form of physical exercise in a safe and non-competitive environment. The class will end with a relaxation exercise, using visualization and breathing techniques. Bring a mat and wear comfy clothes. Registration Required and opens June 3. Ages 3-8.
STEM Space Challenge
Monday, June 24, July 15, and July 22 at 3 p.m.
Get ready to launch into space-themed STEM activities! Each session features a different space challenge for students to complete. Learn about aerodynamics and forces of flight while creating rockets, space landers, and rovers that survive the impact. Separate registration is required for each session.
Tuesday, June 25 at 6 p.m.
Kids entering kindergarten-3rd grade are invited to learn all about planets! What does orbit mean? How much would I weigh on Mars? What is it like on other planets? All these questions and more will be answered through science experiments and crafts. Registration required. Registration opens June 17.
Thursday, June 27 at 2 p.m.
Join the Challenger Center as they present live interactive science demonstrations featuring the magic of dry ice. Registration starts June 3.
Friday, June 28, 4:45 p.m.
Bring your blankets and pillows and get ready to build! Families are invited to a camp “in” at the library. Build a fort, snuggle up and share a good book with your family in this after-hours program.
Registration starts June 17.
Wednesday, July 10 at 10 a.m.
Come join us outside for playtime with bubbles! We will have a different bubble blowing stations and tools to try out! Registration requested but not required.
A Universe of Oreo: Taste Test Challenge
Wednesday, July 10 at 2 p.m.
Come challenge your skills at our Oreo taste test! Each participant will get several Oreo flavors to sample and guess the flavor. Whoever guesses the most flavors correctly will win a free book!
Registration Required. Opens July 1.
Thursday, July 11 at 4 p.m.
Let’s explore constellations as we make our own star stories using different materials and modalities. Ages 6-12. Registration Required and opens June 17.
Teen Galaxy Painting
Thursday, July 18 at 2 p.m.
Teens ages 13-17 are invited to come and paint their rendition of the galaxy on a canvas. All materials and step-by-step directions will be provided, just bring your creativity and vision! Registration is required and will open July 1.
Circle of Friends
Saturday, July 20 at 11 a.m.
Children with special needs and their siblings are invited to join us for a sensory-based story time. Together we will read stories, sing, and participate in tactile activities. Approximately 30 minutes in length. Registration is required.
Tuesday, July 23
Grades 3-5 at 3 p.m.
Grades 6-12 at 4 p.m.
Come learn how to make beautiful, colorful and glittery galaxy slime! Each participant will make their own slime to take home! Kids going into grades 3-5 will meet at 3 p.m. and kids in grades 6-12 will meet at 4 p.m. Registration required, opens July 15.
Galaxy Tie Dye
Thursday, July 25 at 1:30 p.m.
All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Bring one item to dye (t-shirt, tank top, bandana, etc- no sweats please). Tie-dyeing is messy, wear your play clothes! No registration necessary, program is while supplies last.
Summer Reading Finale: Blastoff to Magic
Thursday, August 1 at 2 p.m.
Help magician Daniel Lusk build a rocketship to the moon in this exciting, interactive magic show. Registration is required and starts July 1. All ages welcome.