Children's Summer Reading Program 2019

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take me to your readerSUMMER at the Sausalito Library 2019

Between May 29 and August 31, kids are invited to join us for a summer of reading, activities, imagination, and fun.


SUMMER READING for 12-14 year olds

The Summer Challenge for middle schoolers involves Bingo, a Reading Challenge, and lots of programs.


SUMMER CHALLENGE for 0-11 year olds

All kids 11 and under are eligible for the Summer Challenge. Challenge participants sign up at the Sausalito Library, then visit the Library to get prizes for completing activities and reading. Prizes are given for signing up, reading for 12 hours, and completing four activities: attend a Library program, go on a hike, paint or draw a picture, and send a postcard. There is a separate Reading Challenge for 12-14 year olds.





Performances start at 3:30 p.m.

Join us on the Robin Sweeny Patio for magic, music, juggling, jokes, and more. Bring a blanket to sit on and get ready to enjoy the show. Perfect for ages 4+ but everyone is welcome

June 11: Sweet Circus Show with Bri Crabtree
Amazing circus tricks, eccentric charm, and amusing antics.

June 18: Magician Spencer Gray Back by popular demand!
Magic, jokes, mystery, and audience participation!

June 25To the Farallons and Back Again – Puppet Show by Jelly Jam Time
Travel below the waves at the Farrallons in this original puppet show. Sing mermaid melodies, sea chanties, and create the sounds of the underwater world.

July 2: Coventry & Kaluza
Hula hoops, acrobatics, and laughs.

July 9: Wildcare
This Marin-based animal rescue organization will bring three animals for us to learn about.

July 16: Brian Scott, Magician
Magic & laughs. Sure to dazzle!

July 23: Bubbles! and a Picnic
Back by pop(!)ular demand! Join Michael Ashe, the San Francisco Bubble Man, for an effervescent afternoon. Plus, our annual Summer Picnic. Bring a blanket to sit on and snacks. We’ll provide thematic snacks: popcorn and popsicles.


AFTERNOON ADVENTURES in the Edgewater Room
All children and their caregivers are welcome

June 12: Make a Memory Book
The school year is over and the summer is about to begin. Make a book to record your memories of the past and the memories you’ll create over the summer. We’ll bring our camera, images of Sausalito, and lots of other supplies.

June 19: Edible Building Club
Grapes, marshmallows, spaghetti…what can you build? We’ll also bring our huge collection of Legos and Magna-Tiles. We’ll have Duplos in the Children’s Room for kids under 3.

June 26: Drive-In Movie How to Train Your Dragon 3 (2019, rated G, 110min)
Decorate a ‘car’ at 3:00 p.m. Movie starts at 3:30 p.m.

July 3: Plastic Bag Printing
Plastic bags, paper, ink, and your creativity combine to make magical, strange, and surprising designs.

July 10: Are You an Alien?
Three eyes? Flippers instead of feet? Pointed ears? What kind of alien do you want to be? Come make an alien costume all your own.

July 17: Things That Fly!
We’ll make whirly gigs and paper helicopters, and interested kids can participate in an egg drop! We’ll make structures to keep the eggs safe when dropped from 15 feet in the air! Join us for this special edition of Building Club.

July 24: Drive-in Movie Matilda (1996, rated PG, 98 min.)
Decorate a ‘car’ at 3:00 p.m. Movie starts at 3:30 p.m.


CREATIVITY CLUB in the Exercise Room
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
For kids 9-11 years old

June 13: 3nd Annual Sausalito Cupcake Decorating Contest
Last year the competition was fierce! Winners will be chosen in two categories: ‘Most Imaginative’ and ‘Most Professional.’

June 20: Duct Tape
Turn silver, turquoise, black, and striped duct tape into wallets and more.

June 27: Game Day
The Game Room is all yours: foosball, pool, Scrabble, Connect 4, and more. We’ll bring popcorn to share.

July 11: Native Seed Ball
Come make a seed ball with native seeds. Have fun and make the world a greener place!

July 18: Marble Maze
Join us to make a maze for marbles from a simple box-top. Your ingenuity will send the marbles zooming, twisting, and turning. Best of all, you’ll get to take your maze home.

July 25: Game Day and Pizza Party
The Game Room is all yours, this time with pizza to keep your energy and spirits high.




MIDDLE SCHOOL Challenge, Bingo, and Programs


Get a prize when you sign up for the Challenge and after reading for 12 hours. Keep reading for 20, 30, and 40 hours for additional prizes!


Complete 5 squares in a row (vertical, horizontal, or diagonal) to make a Bingo. Fill in the blank line on each square to indicate what you read or the date you completed the action. Then bring your Bingo card to the Library to get a raffle ticket for each Bingo.


PROGRAMS in the Edgewater Room
3:30-4:30 p.m.

June 10: Book Club
If you’re in Middle School and love to read, come to the Sausalito Library’s Book Club! Read the book before the meeting and join us for discussion, snacks, and a book-related activity. The June book will be chosen in May.

June 17: Iron Chef!
The Library’s own version of the Iron Chef competition. We’ll provide secret ingredients, your challenge is make something edible and appealing.  

June 24: Sock Monsters
They’re silly, they’re cute, they’re your own creation.

July 1: Game Day and Pizza Party
The Game Room is yours for the afternoon: foosball, pool, and more, plus pizza to keep your spirits high.

July 8:  Book Club
The July book will be chosen in June.

July 15: Movie
It’s your choice! Beginning in June, middle schoolers will have a chance to vote on what movie to watch. We’ll have lots of popcorn to share.

July 22: Wet Felted Soap
Learn how to encase a bar of soap in a layer of felt using wool, warm water, and some elbow grease. At the end of the workshop, you’ll have at least one beautiful bar of felted soap to take home.


Image credit: Ross K. Jones