Summer Reading Program

Have No Fear, Summer Fun Is Here!

 2015 Summer Reading & Super Fun Boredom Buster Activities

For Children Preschool thru 5th Grade

Registration begins May 18, 2015

Reading, entertainment, and activities begin June 8, 2015

This year, every reader will receive an activity packet, which includes information about the reading exhibits, weekly giveaways, and activities, prizes, mini camps, and free entertainment events at the library. This summer we once again feature Doggie Tales, “Reading with Ruby”. Doggie Tale readers will meet Lila, a new addition to Ruby’s doggie family. 

Have No Fear, Summer Fun Is Here! is an eight week program running June 8-August 1. Each week centers around a different theme, including LEGOs and construction, superheroes, and more! A breakdown of weekly activities follows. Readers can register at the library.

Parents and caring adults: Our super readers need your help, too! Participate with your child in our summer reading program. Families should aim for 15-20 minutes of reading a day to help prevent the “summer slide,” where reading skills are lost and kids are less prepared to return to school in the fall.

This page remains under construction. Changes and revisions are possible. Check back often for the most current information.

June 8-13: Unblock Your Imagination

legos

Monday, June 8, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
LEGO Design Challenge Groundbreaking Ceremony
Registration Required

The LEGO Design Challenge kicks off with our groundbreaking ceremony. Browse our new LEGO books, and start building LEGO town! Light refreshments will be served. Small LEGOs will be used, so this program is best for school-age children. Children should not bring LEGOs from home.

Tuesday, June 9, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Doggie Tales: Reading with Ruby
Registration Required

Ms. Julie and Ruby are back! Ruby loves to hear kids read to her and wants to help children build confidence in reading. Kids read to Ruby for 5-10 minutes.

Wednesday, June 10, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Constructing Fun: Family Fun Hour
Registration Required

Join us for a construction-themed morning filled with stories, songs, finger plays, new truck books, and a bulldozer craft. This program is best for kids ages 3-6. Family Fun Events are made possible by Target’s 2014-2015 Early Childhood Grant.

Thursday, June 11, 10:00 AM-10:20 AM
Wiggles and Giggles
Registration Required

Wiggles and Giggles is a fun, interactive program for children ages 1-3. Wiggles and  Giggles offers a variety of music, movement, finger plays, and songs for enjoyment by the youngest members of the family. Playtime follows this event.

Monday-Saturday
LEGO Design Challenge, Open Build

Work on your LEGO Design Challenge town any time during the week while our LEGO supplies last. When you’re finished, we will take a picture of your creation and post it online! Small LEGOS will be used, so this program is best for school-age children. Children should not bring LEGOs from home.

Monday-Saturday
Make-a-Pigeon, Any Time

Make a pigeon to take with you wherever you go this summer! Snap pictures of the two of you (or just the Pigeon—he does love attention!) and write down what you let the Pigeon do this summer.  Get your Pigeon journal page from the librarians. Return the journal page for a small treat.

June 15-20: Rock Out!

guitars

Tuesday, June 16, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Doggie Tales: Reading with Ruby
Registration Required

Ms. Julie and Ruby are back! Ruby loves to hear kids read to her and wants to help children build confidence in reading. Kids read to Ruby for 5-10 minutes.

Wednesday, June 17, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Rock Out!: Family Fun Hour
Registration Required

Today we’re rock stars! We will play in an air band, dance, and read fun music themed      stories. This program is best for kids ages 3-6. Family Fun Events are made possible by Target’s 2014-2015 Early Childhood Grant.

Wednesday, June 17, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Jeanie B! Concert

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Jeanie B!

Jeanie’s upbeat shows are jam-packed with dancing, sing-a-longs, and interactive music, and everyone goes home happy. Come dressed as a rock star! This event is fun for the whole family.

Thursday, June 18, 10:00 AM-10:20 AM
Wiggles and Giggles
Registration Required

Wiggles and Giggles is a fun, interactive program for children ages  1-3. Wiggles and Giggles offers a variety of music, movement, finger plays, and songs for  enjoyment by the  youngest members of the family. Playtime follows this event.

Monday-Saturday, Any Time
Write Your Own Song

Put your skills to the test and write your own song this week! Sing it for the librarians and get a surprise.

Monday-Saturday, Any Time
Design a Star

Decorate a star and the librarians will hang it on the Rockin’ Readers Wall of Fame!

June 22-27: I Spy…

Tuesday, June 23, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Doggie Tales: Reading with Ruby
Registration Required

Ms. Julie and Ruby are back! Ruby loves to hear kids read to her and wants to help children build confidence in reading. Kids read to Ruby for 5-10 minutes.

Wednesday, June 24, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Amazing Art: Family Fun Hour
Registration Required

Let your inner artist loose this week as we read, sing, and talk all about art! This program is best for kids 3-6 years of age. Family Fun Events are made possible by Target’s 2014-2015 Early Childhood Grant.

Thursday, June 25, 10:00 AM-10:20 AM
Wiggles and Giggles
Registration Required

Wiggles and Giggles is a fun, interactive program for children ages 1-3. Wiggles and Giggles offers a variety of music, movement, finger plays, and songs for enjoyment by the  youngest members of the family. Playtime follows this event.

Monday-Friday, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Fashion Club
Registration Required

Fashion club is an introductory program co-sponsored by 4-H. Learn about style, repurposing fashion, design a beach bag, and more! Participants must be 2nd-4th grade graduates. Facilitated by DeAnna Carlson.

Monday-Saturday, Any Time
I Spy Games

Stop by the library to play I Spy games!

Monday-Saturday, Any Time
Queen Illustrator’s Art Studio

Queen Illustrator has opened her art studio for you! Use your imagination and create a fun project.

Saturday, June 27, 9:00 AM-11:00 AM
Treasure Hunters
Registration Required

Take a field trip to the Cedar Point Sportsman’s Club to learn the basics of metal detecting. You will learn hands-on metal detecting and try to find something for yourself! Food will be provided and a playground is on-site. Transportation to Cedar Point Sportsman’s Club must be provided and kids must be accompanied by an adult during the event. Provided in conjunction with the Illinois Valley Historical Research and Recovery Association and Cedar Point Sportsman’s Club.

June 29-July 3: Superhero Training Academy

pow

Tuesday, June 30, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Doggie Tales: Reading with Ruby
Registration Required

Ms. Julie and Ruby are back! Ruby loves to hear kids read to her and wants to help children build confidence in reading. Kids read to Ruby for 5-10 minutes.

Wednesday, July 1, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Superhero Sidekick Training Academy: Family Fun Event
Registration Required
Calling all future superheroes! Don’t miss your chance to become a superhero sidekick with our fun games and activities. This program is best for kids ages 3-6. Program made possible by a Walmart Foundation Grant.

Thursday, July 2, 10:00 AM-10:20 AM
Wiggles and Giggles
Registration Required

Wiggles and Giggles is a fun, interactive program for children ages 1-3. Wiggles and Giggles offers a variety of music, movement, finger plays, and songs for enjoyment by the  youngest members of the family. Playtime follows this event.

Monday-Friday, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Superhero Training Academy
Registration Required

Calling all future superheroes in grades 1-3! We need your help. Come to our Superhero Training Academy to get your superhero identity, hone your super skills, and learn how to work as a super team. Co-sponsored with City of Peru Recreation Department and co-hosted with Emily Graham. Program made possible by a Walmart Foundation Grant. 

Monday-Friday, 2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Superhero Training Academy
Registration Required

Calling all future superheroes in grades 4-5! We need your help. Come to our Superhero Training Academy to get your superhero identity, hone your super skills, and learn how to work as a super team. Program made possible by a Walmart Foundation Grant.

Monday-Friday, Any Time
Make a Super Bookmark

Decorate a superhero-themed bookmark this week. Now that you have your super name and powers, show the world who you are and what superheroes are reading!

 July 6-11: Beware! Who’s There?

magnifying glass

Tuesday, July 7, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Doggie Tales: Reading with Ruby
Registration Required

Ms. Julie and Ruby are back! Ruby loves to hear kids read to her and wants to help children build confidence in reading. Kids read to Ruby for 5-10 minutes.

Wednesday, July 8, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Rhythm in the Forest: Family Fun Hour
Registration Required

Peoria Park District teaches us about animals in the forest and the sounds they make. Join us for a fun, interactive morning! This program is best for kids 3-6 years of age.

Thursday, July 9, 10:00 AM-10:20 AM
Wiggles and Giggles
Registration Required

Wiggles and Giggles is a fun, interactive program for children ages 1-3. Wiggles and Giggles offers a variety of music, movement, finger plays, and songs for enjoyment by the  youngest members of the family. Playtime follows this event.

Friday, July 10, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
CSI Program
Registration Required

Are you interested in crime scene investigation? Do you want to learn how police officers use the clues they find to solve mysteries? Sign up for our CSI program! This program is for graduates of 3-5 grades. Facilitated by Nicole Fundell, forensic scientist.

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Mommy & Me Yoga

Join us for Mommy & Me yoga at the library! Sign up required through Peru Recreation. Facilitated by Alyssa Rios.

Monday-Saturday, Any Time
Mystery Table

Beware as you investigate our mystery table! Can you solve the mystery of what’s inside?

July 13-18: Move It & Groove It

dance

Tuesday, July 14, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Dance Party
Registration Required

Show us your moves! Watch out for surprise group dance favorites. This event is for 3rd and 4th grade graduates. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, July 15, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Move It & Groove It: Family Fun Hour
Registration Required

Can’t sit still? You’re in luck this week—we’ll read, sing, and dance our way to a fun time. This program is best for kids 3-6 years of age. Family Fun Events are made possible by Target’s 2014-2015 Early Childhood Grant.

Thursday, July 16, 10:00 AM-10:20 AM
Wiggles and Giggles
Registration Required

Wiggles and Giggles is a fun, interactive program for children ages 1-3. Wiggles and Giggles offers a variety of music, movement, finger plays, and songs for enjoyment by the  youngest members of the family. Playtime follows this event.

Monday-Saturday, Any Time
Joke Week

Stop by Children’s Services and tell the librarians a joke to earn a piece of Laffy Taffy.  Limit two jokes per day.

July 20-25: Get Your Game On

games

Wednesday, July 22, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Play & Pretend: Family Fun Hour
Registration Required

Today will be extra fun because we will be reading, singing, and talking all about playtime! This program is best for kids 3-6 years of age. Family Fun Events are made possible by Target’s 2014-2015 Early Childhood Grant.

Thursday, July 23, 10:00 AM-10:20 AM
Wiggles and Giggles
Registration Required

Wiggles and Giggles is a fun, interactive program for children ages 1-3. Wiggles and Giggles offers a variety of music, movement, finger plays, and songs for enjoyment by the  youngest members of the family. Playtime follows this event.

Monday-Friday, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Chess Club
Registration Required

Do you know a rook from a pawn? What about the difference between “check” and “checkmate?” Find out and bust your boredom this week with our chess camp! Learn the basics of chess and play a few games. You are guaranteed to have a good time when you Get Your Game On this week! Chess club is best for 2nd-4th grade graduates. Facilitated by DeAnna Carlson.

Monday-Saturday, Any Time
Game Week

Play games all week whenever you stop by! Challenge your friends to a round of     Operation, Yahtzee!, Jenga, and more! New games will be revealed this week.

July 27-August 1: The Pigeon Returns

pigeon party

Wednesday, July 29, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Don’t Let the Pigeon Throw a Party!

Okay, so we let the pigeon throw a party! Don’t miss our summer wrap-up celebration. Bring your pigeon and any pictures or stories that you created this summer (if you haven’t already returned them). We want to see where the pigeon traveled this summer! Light refreshments will be served.

Registration form Have No Fear – Summer Fun Is Here 2015

About Doggie Tales

Doggie Tales

Meet Ms. Julie and Ruby

Ruby is a real dog who loves to listen to children read. Ruby doesn’t mind when words are sounded out, skipped over, or misspoken. Ruby won’t interrupt or correct a reader.  She just loves to listen! Children will read for 5-10 minutes to Ruby. Children will have the most fun reading a story they have read before and Ruby doesn’t mind hearing the story over and over again. Separate registration is required for Doggie Tales. 

Thank You To Our Supporters!

Thank you to all the wonderful people and businesses making this program possible. Peru Public Library thanks the following individuals, groups, and businesses for their support of our summer reading program:

The Friends of Peru Public Library for providing funding for our entertainment programs; Storytellers Steve and Jan Seaborn, DeAnna Carlson, and Tricia Kelly for making our summer reading play come to life; Julie Condie, Ruby, and Lila for supporting reading through Doggie Tales; Shirley Gerace, Ruth Hicks, Cindy Carlson, and DeAnna and Samantha Carlson for volunteering to help decorate the library; Nicole Fundell for providing a CSI program; Gary Olson, the Illinois Valley Research and Recovery Association, Cedar Point Sportsman’s Club, and Spring Valley Pawn Shop for bringing the Treasure Hunters program to life; DeAnna Carlson and 4-H of the LaSalle County Cooperative Extension for providing Fashion Camp; DeAnna again, for taking the time to lead Chess Club; Barb Krolak for providing travel crayon rolls for prizes; Fox River Resort in Sheridan, IL, for providing a grand prize: Pirate’s Cay Indoor Water Park Family Fun 4-Pack Day Pass and tote with swimming essentials; Caterpillar Merchandising Center in Peoria, Cherry Berry in the Peru Mall, Peru Culver’s, House of Hunan Restaurant, Lou’s LaGrotto, Peru Taco Bell, and Peru Wendy’s for providing outstanding reading incentives. (Supporters added as donations are received.)

We look forward to having a great time! For everyone to have a satisfying experience, we ask families to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • While at the library, an adult must remain with any child who has not yet completed 2nd grade. Please remember that the library is a public building open to anyone.
  • During public performances, children must remain seated and keep hands to themselves. Otherwise, children will be asked to sit with their parents in the back of the room.
  • Finally, some activities and prizes may be designated with an age requirement.  Remember that each child will grow into age appropriate activities and prizes each summer.