• PROGRAMS FOR ELEMENTARY-AGE CHILDREN AT CARY LIBRARY
     
     
    SUMMER READING PROGRAM:

    This year's Summer Reading Program at Cary Library will begin on June 15th, and will run through August 26th.  This summer, Cary Library is offering a new way to track your child’s reading. Using Beanstack online software, you can register for summer reading and track your entire family’s reading under one account.  Preschool children can participate in the Preschool Reading program, completing early literacy activities and earning prizes.  Children entering Kindergarten and up will earn prizes by reading or by listening to someone read to them.  Children entering grades 3 and 5 can do our "Reading Without Walls" challenge.
     
    KIDS COOKING GREEN AT THE FARMERS' MARKET
    at the Lexington Farmers' Market - 5 Fletcher Ave.
    grades 4-6: Tuesday, June 27 (sign-ups begin June 19)        3:30-4:30 p.m.
    grades 1-3: Tuesday, Aug. 1 (sign-ups begin July 24)      3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Attendance is limited.** Sign-ups begin at 7:00 p.m. on the dates listed above. Phone reservations begin at 7:30 p.m.
    Join Kids Cooking Green for this special class held at the Lexington Farmer's Market.  Tour the market, taste what is local and delicious, and explore how farmers can help us Build a Better World! Class meets at the market - rain or shine!

    The Museum of Science presents SCIENCE MAGIC      entering grades 2-6
    Tuesday, July 18      3:00 p.m.
    Space is limited. Free tickets† available in the Cary Children’s Room beginning Monday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m. Phone reservations accepted beginning at 7:30 p.m.
    Join the Museum of Science for a special program investigating the science behind magic tricks! You might learn how to snatch a tablecloth without disturbing the items on top, make a balloon fireproof, use electromagnetism to defy gravity, and more!

    FAMILY CRAFTS*      everyone welcome
    [Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult.]
    Thursdays: July 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3, 17, 24      2:30-4:00 p.m.
    Children of all ages and abilities and their caregivers are invited to get crafty with us. Stay for half an hour or the entire hour and a half. No registration necessary.

    Kidstock presents SLEEPING BEAUTY & THE 7 DWARVES       ages 5 & up
    Wednesday, July 26      2:30 p.m.
    Space is limited. Free tickets† available in the Cary Children’s Room beginning Monday, July 17 at 7:00 p.m. Phone reservations accepted beginning at 7:30 p.m.
    Flora, Fauna, and Merriweather hope the noise of seven small miners will help break the spell before the Prince shows up for his birthday party! Audience participation will help sort this out!

    Jungle Jim presents MINECRAFT MADNESS SHOW        ages 3 & up
    Thursday, Aug. 10               2:30 p.m.
    Space is limited. Free tickets† available in the Cary Children’s Room beginning Monday, July 31 at 7:00 p.m. Phone reservations accepted beginning at 7:30 p.m.
    Join Jungle Jim as he leads you through the magical world of Minecraft! Combining balloon artistry, magic, comedy, and improv, Jim creates an amazing experience for children. Activities include the Building Block Madness Tournament, a riveting Zombie Chase, the Balloon Firework Rocket extravaganza, & the incredible giant slime-ball creation.

    The Museum of Science presents SUPER COLD SCIENCE       entering grades 2-6
    Wednesday, Aug. 16      2:30 p.m.
    Space is limited. Free tickets† available in the Cary Children’s Room beginning Monday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. Phone reservations accepted beginning at 7:30 p.m.
    Amazing things happen when matter changes temperature! With the help of an educator from the Museum of Science and an intensely cold liquid, participants experience the remarkable changes in size, form, and behavior that occur when a variety of objects and substances are super-cold.
    *LATEX balloons are used in this program.

    Awesome Robb’s SUPERHERO SHOW!      ages 3 & up
    Thursday, Aug. 17      10:30 a.m.
    Space is limited. Free tickets† available in the Cary Children’s Room beginning Monday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. Phone reservations accepted beginning at 7:30 p.m.
    Come dressed as your favorite super hero for this extra special show! Awesome Robb becomes Captain Awesome for this one-of-a-kind performance. Captain Awesome will show off his super powers by juggling clubs, balls, and rings. He will test his mental powers by reading someone's mind. He will perform other amazing feats of Super Human Magic!

    CREATURE TEACHERS      ages 5 & up
    Monday, Aug. 21      2:30 p.m.
    Space is limited. Free tickets† available in the Cary Children’s Room beginning Monday, August 14 at 7:00 p.m. Phone reservations accepted beginning at 7:30 p.m.
    Come take a trip around the world and explore the diverse habitats of our planet and the animals that live within them. See why some animals are well-suited for certain areas and why some are not. Learn how we can Build A Better World for animals! This is a live animal show.

    DINNER & A MOVIE*      everyone welcome
    Wednesday, July 26:   MOANA [G]      starts @ 6:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, Aug. 16 - ZOOTOPIA [PG]      starts @ 6:30 p.m.
    Bring a picnic dinner, spread out a blanket, and enjoy a family movie! The room will open at 6:00 p.m., 30 minutes before the start of the movie.

    SATURDAY MATINEE*      everyone welcome
    Saturday, June 17: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017) [PG]      starts @ 2:00 p.m.
    Bring your favorite movie snack (or lunch) and spend the afternoon watching a movie.
    Help us Build a Better World! Participate in our Summer of Kindness activities, designed to encourage children to show kindness & help make the world a better place!

    Help us Build a Better World! Participate in our Summer of Kindness activities, designed to encourage children to show kindness & help make the world a better place!:
     
    NO-SEW FLEECE BLANKETS      entering grades 5-8
    Wednesday, July 19      3:00 p.m.
    Attendance is limited.** Sign-ups begin Monday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m. Phone reservations begin at 7:30 p.m.
    Come learn how to make No-Sew Fleece Blankets! Our finished projects will be donated to the Boston Children's Hospital.

    CARD MAKING      all ages
    Monday - Friday, July 24-28 all day!
    Stop by the Children's Room and make a card to brighten someone's day! Create one to send to someone you know and one to leave with us to be delivered to the Boston Children's Hospital and area nursing homes.

    CHALK SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL      entering grades 1-3
    Tuesday, July 25      10:30 a.m.
    Attendance is limited.** Sign-ups begin Monday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m. Phone reservations begin at 7:30 p.m.
    Let's spread kindness through art! Join us as we read an inspiring story and create beautiful sidewalk chalk drawings at the library.

    PAPER FLOWERS      entering grades 2-6
    Wednesday, Aug. 2      4:00 p.m.
    Attendance is limited.** Sign-ups begin Monday, July 24 at 7:00 p.m. Phone reservations begin at 7:30 p.m.
    Come learn how to make different types of paper flowers to make bouquets! We'll be making bouquets to be delivered along with a Meals on Wheels delivery.

    PLACEMATS      all ages
    Monday - Friday, Aug. 7-11      all day!
    Decorate a placemat to help brighten someone's day. The placemats will be given to the Senior Services Department to be distributed with Meals on Wheels deliveries.


    THANK YOU TREATS      entering Grades 3-6
    Monday, Aug. 14      3:30 p.m.
    Attendance is limited.** Sign-ups begin Monday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. Phone reservations begin at 7:30 p.m.
    Come make some no-bake goodies and thank you notes which will be delivered to Community Helpers within the Lexington Community.

    FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS      entering grades 4-8
    Monday, Aug. 21      4:00 p.m.
    Attendance is limited.** Sign-ups begin Monday, August 14 at 7:00 p.m. Phone reservations begin at 7:30 p.m.
    Make a friendship bracelet to give a friend for the start of the new school year.


    MR. VINNY'S SHADOW PUPPET SHOW              ages 3-9 & families
    Saturday, June 24      9:30 a.m.
    Space is limited. Free tickets† available in the Cary Children’s Room beginning Monday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m. Phone reservations accepted beginning at 7:30 p.m.
    Using an old school overhead projector and shadow puppets he made himself, Mr. Vinny is out in front with the audience playing games like "What's that Shadow" and telling stories like " The 12 Lil' Pigs and the Big Bad Pineapple".


    LEGO® Block Party!*                 everyone welcome

    Saturdays: June 24, July 22, Aug. 19             2:00-3:00 p.m.
    Drop in and build with our LEGO® bricks! Bring your mom, grandpa, friend, or cousin, and see what you can create. Everyone is welcome.
    The programs conducted by Cary Library are not affiliated, sponsored, or endorsed by LEGO® Education or the LEGO® Group. LEGO®, the LEGO® logo, the Brick, DUPLO®, and MINDSTORMS® are trademarks of the LEGO® Group. ©2017 The LEGO® Group. 

    13th ANNUAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL         everyone welcome
    Friday, Aug. 25      3:00-4:00 p.m.
     On the lawn across Clarke St. from the Library. (In case of rain, the event will be held in the Library’s Meeting Room.)
    You are invited to our annual Ice Cream Social, with ice cream from Rancatore’s, to wrap up the Summer Reading Program.


     

    *      Space is limited; attendance will be first-come-first-served.

     **     If fewer than 5 children are registered, program may be cancelled.

    †     Everyone must have a ticket to enter the program. Reserved tickets must be picked up at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the program.  Unclaimed tickets will be given to those waiting. Parking can be a problem when we have large events, so please plan ahead.