Summer Reading Program 2017
Summer Reading Program Begins in July

How to particpate in the summer reading program.

You can register at any time beginning June 1 by signing up at the Library. You will be able to record everything you read by yourself or with someone else in your reading log. Update your reading log once a week to win reading prizes!

The more you read, the more you win! Each week, enjoy different programs for all ages.
Programs are free and open to the public.

Read through the whole page or click on an
icon below to learn about each program

Storytime Family Activities Teen Summer Programs Steam Saturdays Have Lunch at the Library

Click here to download a .pdf of the full schedule.
Sign up for the summer reading program

Family Programs

Monday, July 3, 5pm: Dinoman!
Kick-off the summer reading program with dinosaurs!
Dinosaur tracks lead right to the Library! Have no fear, Dinoman is here! With magic, merry mayhem, and magnificent props, take a trip throughout the Mesozoic era. There will be 10 foot-tall dinosaurs at this program!

Ninth Annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Monday, July 3: Ninth Annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover
What would your stuffed animal do if it spent the night at the Library? Find out by bringing one of your dolls, figures, or stuffed animals (not your favorite one, though. You’ll want to keep that with you) to the Youth Department anytime on Monday, July 3 by 7pm. We’ll create a video of how your animal spent the night in the Library.

Watch this year's sleepover!

Monday, July 10, 5pm: CLiF Summer Reader Storytelling

A CLiF storyteller will perform fun, engaging, and entertaining stories for the whole family. Each youth who attends will get to pick two brand new books to keep!


CLiF will be doing three programs in Bellows Falls on July 10th! If you can't make the Library program (or even if you can and want to see it again) you can go to:

1pm - Parks Place Community Resource Center (44 School St)
3pm - Rockingham Rec Center (Williams Terrace)

Tie dye and ice cream socialMonday, July 17, 5pm: Tie-Dye and Ice Cream Social

Bring a white cotton t-shirt to this colorful and sweet family tie-dying event. We’ll have the dyes, materials, and know how – you bring the t-shirt and the creativity! And while your tie-dyes are soaking, enjoy some cool summer treats. This program will take place outside, weather permitting.

Family Code Night
Monday, August 7, 5 pm: Family Code Night
Family Code Night is a whole-family event at which kids (recommended grades K-5) and their parents do their first hour of computer programming – together!

Southern Vermont Natural History Museum
Monday, August 14, 5pm: Southern Vermont Natural History Museum
Meet the birds of prey! Live hawks, owls and falcons will be at the Library for a face-to-face exploration of what it takes to be a raptor. Their role in the environment and history with humans can help us learn from the past and help us build a better world for the future.

Solar Eclipse Party
Monday August 21, 1pm: Solar Eclipse Summer Reading Party
On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible in the continental United States. Join us to get your own solar eclipse viewer. Let’s hope we have a clear day with good weather, because this event can't be rescheduled – the next total solar eclipse won’t happen until April 8, 2024! Viewers provided by STARNET, The Space Science Institute, Google, and The Research Corporation

Programs for Young Children

Monday morning playgroup
Monday Morning Playgroup - Mondays 10am - 11:30am
Parents and Caregivers with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are invited to spend a morning in the Library’s playroom every Monday morning.

Library Storytime - Tuesdays 10:30am

Stories, songs, crafts, and fun for all ages! Each storytime features stories and an activity.

Baby Storytime - Thursdays 10:30am
Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with books and music during this gentle book, music, and movement program. For children from birth to 24 months.

Storytime for Social Justice
Storytime for Social Justice
Friday, July 28, 5pm
Friday, August 18, 5pm
Parents, caregivers, and communities can teach our kids compassion, empathy, and critical thinking skills while introducing them to diversity and culture that they may not come across otherwise. Help our children become thoughtful, kind, and open-minded leaders. All are welcome! Storytimes are planned for youth age 6 and younger. Each storytime will feature books related to a specific theme and an interactive activity.

1000 books before kindergarten
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a FREE Library program that encourages all families and caregivers to read 1000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten.

Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help to strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary – two important tools for beginning to learn to read when they enter kindergarten.

As your child reads, they’ll earn free books to help build their own book collection!

Steam Saturdays

Get hands-on with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math every Saturday during the summer reading program from 11am-12pm.

This program is open to youth of all ages, but kids age 12 and younger must have an adult attend the program with them. Materials are limited for some workshops, pre-registration is recommended.

July 8: Rockets!
Create rockets that really fly using simple ingredients and everyday materials. (This program will be outside. If there is bad weather, the program will be rescheduled.)

Cardboard City
July 15: Cardboard City
With cardboard and found materials we will build a whole city in the Youth Department. Stop by the Library and pick up a building permit to submit your ideas. (Please note: this program will begin at 10am and end at 2pm)

Marble Machine Tinkering
July 29: Marble Machine Tinkering

Roll a marble down a contraption of your own design using everyday materials.

Learn to code
August 12: Learn to Code
Learn more about coding and computer science while designing and playing games.

Engineering Challenges
August 19: Build a better…
Using blocks, recycled items, and other everyday materials take on fun engineering challenges.

Teen Programs

Friday Night Teen Tabletop
Friday Night Games
Every Friday night from 5:30pm - 9pm

Group up to tell epic stories with new and classic role-playing games like Pathfinder, D&D, and more. Or take a seat at the board game tables and have fun with some competitive tabletop games. Limited to teens age 13 and older, registration for this program is required.

Teen Movie Night
Teen Movie Night
Get out of the house and join us for movies and light snacks.

July 14, 7pm: Kubo and the Two Strings

July 28, 10pm: Rings

August 18, 7pm: Rogue One

Teen Tech ClubTeen Tech Club Friday evenings 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Learn about coding, computer science, tinkering, circuit buiding, making, and more!

Teen Lock In
Teen Lock-In
Fri, July 28, 9pm until Sat, July 29, 7am

Each year, libraries across the US invite teens to a locally hosted overnight program on the same night to celebrate summer reading with online visits with well-known authors, fun contests, popular crafts, and multi-player games. Limited to teens age 13 and older, registration for this overnight program is required.

Thursday, July 27, 5pm

Let’s talk books! Instead of reading a specific book this month, we’ll talk about what you’ve been reading over the summer and enjoy a pizza dinner.

Breakout Thursdays
Breakout Thursdays
Can you solve the puzzles, find the clues, and escape the RFPL’s Breakout Room in time?

A Breakout Room is a real-life puzzle/mystery solving game. You and a team of friends work together to solve the puzzles and escape the room in 60 minutes. This program is open to all ages, but recommended for ages 8 and older.

How to sign up:

Gather a team of 4-10 people and contact Sam at the Library (802.463.4270 to reserve your room for a date and time listed below and choose the mystery you would like to solve.

Reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis so schedule yours soon!

Breakout Room Schedule:
July 6, 3pm & 4pm
July 20, 3pm & 4pm
August 3, 3pm & 4pm
August 17, 3pm & 4pm
Have lunch for free at the Library this summer!
Lunch at the Library

Have lunch for free at the Library this summer!

Click here to download a copy of the summer lunch menu!

If you have food allergies, let Sam know and
alternative food will be provided.

The lunch program runs weekdays beginning
July 5.

There is no registration, but sign-ups are
encouraged so the Library will know how
many lunches to order. You can sign up for one
day, the whole program, any time in-between,
or just
drop in!

Come for the program -
stay for lunch!

Programs Start at 10:30am
Lunch will be served from 11:15am - 12pm weekdays from July 5 - August 16. Contact the Library more info.

Monday: Game day - bring a friend and play
games in the Library
Tuesday: Storytime with craft
Wednesday: Movie - enjoy a family-friendly film
Thursday: Storytime
Friday - Lego Club

Coming soon – Menu!

This is a USDA program.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.