PINELLAS PARK – The Barbara S. Ponce Public Library, 7770 52nd St. N., launched its summer reading program with a kick-off celebration June 3.
The Friends of the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library has also offered readers a summer challenge: read more books to help the group build another Little Free Library in Pinellas Park. Children can earn LEGOs to build the model for the Little Free Library and also will have the chance to vote on the park where it will be located.
This year’s summer reading theme is “Build a Better World” with an emphasis on three areas: nature, technology and creativity.
“So all of our summer programming will focus on these components,” Pietras said.
The Wonders of Nature with Matt Edmonds, who will bring various creatures to the library, is set for Thursday, June 8, 2 p.m.
“Kids always enjoy that program,” Pietras said.
Giving Tree Music with Steve Turner, a drum circle, will take place Thursday, June 29, 2 p.m., while It’s Mad Science, a science show, is set for Thursday, July 13, 2 p.m.
In honor of National Parents Day, the library also will host a Build a Family Tree geneology workshop for parents and children ages 8 to 12 Sunday, June 23, 2 p.m.
For grades 3 through 8, there will be Summer Reading Book Bashes Tuesdays, June 6 (“The Great Kapok Tree”), June 20 (“Where the Wild Things Are”) and July 11 (“Rosie Revere, Engineer.”) This group will celebrate these books with games, activities, crafts and more.
For pre-schoolers, there will be weekly Summer Book Parties Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. This program will end with a Friendship Celebration Dance Party July 27. This party will include treats, activities based on the books read, singing and dancing, and a certificate for all program participants.
For teens, special events include a Steampunk Extravaganza, Friday, June 9, 7 p.m. and Build a Better Edible World, Wednesday, June 14, 6 p.m. The end-of-summer party will be Escape the Haunted Library, Friday, July 21, 7 p.m.
For adults, the library is partnering with the Pinellas Park Garden Club for its Butterflies of Pinellas County program Saturday, June 17, 1 p.m. Wendy Risk will discuss butterflies that call the county home and which plants in your garden attract them.
The St. Petersburg Free Clinic will present a series of workshops on healthy living June 6 and 13, and July 11, 18 and 25, 6:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring donations for the free clinic and will receive a raffle ticket toward the summer reading program’s grand prize – a ticket to LEGOland.
The adult-oriented Summer Wrap-up Party: Alternate Endings will take place Saturday, July 22, 1 to 4 p.m. Attendees will discover “alternate worlds” with activities, crafts, trivia and snacks inspired by Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Night Circus, Star Wars and Twin Peaks.
The summer reading program’s end of summer party for all ages will take place Tuesday, July 25, Pietras said, and will include games, activities, food and prizes.