Summer Reading Program 2017

People of all ages can sign up for the Summer Reading Program at the Sierra Vista Public Library starting Saturday, May 20. Celebrating the national theme of “Build a Better World,” the program runs through July 22 and features a variety of free events and rewards for participation geared to different age groups.

It all gets started at the Summer Reading Kickoff event on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the library. Here people of all ages can sign up for the program and families can enjoy a variety of games, prizes, and activities, including an obstacle course!

To sign up or learn more about the program, prizes, and upcoming events, visit the Sierra Vista Public Library. Event information will also be shared on the library’s facebook page. For more information, call (520) 458-4225. You can also sign up for the online reading club and earn points and prizes for reading, playing games, attending events and more!


Summer Reading Program Events

Unless another location is noted, events take place at the Sierra Vista public Library.

All Ages

Summer Reading Kickoff

Saturday • May 20 • 10:00 am –2:00 pm

On the first day of the Summer Reading Program, registrants can play games, win prizes, and run through an obstacle course! All ages can sign up for the program which rewards participants for reading. Registration will continue throughout the summer after the kick-off.

Family Movie Night

Fridays • June 2 and July 7 • 4:00 pm

Join us on the first Friday of every month at 4 p.m. for a family-friendly movie and free popcorn!

Donuts with Daddies

Saturday • June 17 • 10:30–11:30 am

Dads, this storytime is dedicated to you! We will providing donuts and beverages like coffee and juice as long as supplies last. Although this storytime is celebrating dads, all members of the family are welcome.

End of Summer Reading Celebration

Saturday • July 22 • 1:00–2:00 pm

The library is celebrating the end of summer reading with a taco bar, games, and prize drawings! Children may continue to turn in their logs and receive prizes three weeks after the end of summer reading.



Arizona Rick the Balloon Cowboy

Saturday • June 3 • 1:00–2:00 pm

Kids love when Arizona Rick makes amazing balloon creations during his hilarious and interactive shows. The performance will be at Centennial Pavilion in Veterans Memorial Park if weather permits and at the Sierra Vista Public Library in the instance of rain. Recommended for ages 5-12.

Mother Goose Storytime with Jan Sandwich

Saturday • June 10 • 1:00–2:00 pm

Jan Sandwich presents a storytime with songs, puppets, and rhymes that is sure to produce giggles from little ones. Recommended for ages 0-5.

Wildman Phil

Saturday • June 24 • 1:00–2:00 pm

Wildman Phil is introducing his reptile friends at this family-friendly and educational performance! The performance will be at the Sierra Vista Public Library. Recommended for ages 5-12.

Cody Landstrom’s Magic Show

Monday • June 26 • 1:00–2:00 pm

Cody Landstrom astounds with his sleight of hand and illusions! The performance will be at Centennial Pavilion in Veterans Memorial Park if weather permits and at the Sierra Vista Public Library in the instance of rain. Recommended for ages 5-12.


Activities for Pre-readers

Baby Time

Tuesdays • 10:20–10:55 am

This program is aimed at children birth to 18 months. Babies will enjoy songs, movement activities, rhymes, board books, and playtime. Adult participation is encouraged.

Preschool Storytime

Tuesdays • 11:00–12:00 pm

This program is aimed at children 3-5 years of age. Children listen to stories and music and create a craft at the end of storytime.  Adult participation is encouraged.

Toddler Storytime

Fridays • 10:20–10:45 am

This program is aimed at children 18 months to 3 years of age. Children listen to short stories and music, and we offer playtime at the end. Adult participation is encouraged.

Sensory Walk

Saturday • July 8 • 1:00–2:00 pm

Shaded sensory stations out behind the library offer sensory learning opportunities for small children. Some of the stations include letters submerged in gelatin, finger painting, playdough, and everyday music-making items. Recommended for ages 0-5.

DIY Drive-in Movie

Friday • July 14 • 12:00–2:00 pm

Children build and decorate their own cars with boxes, stickers, and paper and attend an indoor “drive-in” inside the library. Recommended for ages 3-8.


Activities for Children

Marvelous Mammals

Wednesday • May 31 • 1:00 pm –2:00 pm

Join Kimberly Wentland, a Coronado National Memorial Park Ranger, as she reads stories and teaches children how to identify local animals. Recommended for ages 7-12.

Youth Chess Club

Wednesdays • June 7 and 21, July 5 and 19 • 4:30–5:30 pm

Wednesdays • June 14 and 28, July 12 and 26 • 2:00–4:00 pm

During the summer, the library is offering a weekly Youth Chess Club. Chess boards are provided, but kids are welcome to bring their own. Recommended for ages 10+.

Woodworking with 4-H

Friday • June 9 • 12:30–2:45 pm

We have the perfect opportunity for kids who are interested in woodworking. All skill levels welcome! Come check out 4-H’s Mobile Wood Working Trailer behind the library. Due to the use of power tools, this event is limited to ages 9+ only.

Cardboard Challenge

Friday • June 16 • 3:00–4:00 pm

Kids build creations out of cardboard with one goal in mind—build something that brings yourself and others joy! This program is recommended for ages 5-12.

James Reid, Juggler Extraordinaire

Saturday • June 17 • 1:00–2:00 pm

James Reid engages kids with spectacular feats of juggling and jokes. The performance will be at Centennial Pavilion in Veterans Memorial Park if weather permits and at the Sierra Vista Public Library in the instance of rain. Recommended for ages 5-12.

Soft Toys for Shelter Dogs Workshop

Friday • June 30 • 3:00–4:00 pm

Build a better world by making and donating braided fleece tug toys for shelter dogs! Recommended for ages 8+.

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

Saturday • July 1 • 1:00–2:00 pm

The library is hosting an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party complete with stories and crazy hat-making. Refreshments provided as long as supplies last. Recommended for ages 4-8.

DIY Drive-in Movie

Friday • July 14 • 12:00–2:00 pm

Children build and decorate their own cars with boxes, stickers, and paper and attend an indoor “drive-in” inside the library. Recommended for ages 3-8.


Teen-Exclusive Events

Teen Anime Club

Thursdays • June 29 and July 27 • 4:30–5:45 pm

Participants vote on what they want to watch next, and the library provides unique Asian snacks. For ages 12-18.

Library after Dark: Sweet Sushi and Soot Sprites

Friday • June 9 • 7:00–9:00 pm

At this fun event, teens will make candy sushi (while supplies last) and enjoy a Studio Ghibli film. Ages 12-18.

Library after Dark: Laser Tag and Book Ends

Friday • June 23 • 7:00–8:30 pm

After the library closes, teens can play laser tag in the dark and eat snacks as long as supplies last. They will also be painting book ends for the Young Adult section. Ages 12-18. Registration required.

Library after Dark: Movie and Pizza

Friday • July 7 • 7:00–9:00 pm

The library will be playing a newly released movie and providing pizza and beverages as long as supplies last. Ages 12-18.

Library after Dark: Cupcake War

Friday • July 21 • 7:00–8:30 pm

All supplies are provided at this fun event where teens get to decorate cupcakes. Participants will vote for the coolest cupcake, funniest cupcake, and weirdest cupcake. Ages 12-18. Registration required.


Events for Adults

Native Plant Presentation

Tuesday • May 30 • 2:00 pm

Are you interested in planting wildflowers or butterfly gardens? Need tips for selecting native plants for landscaping? Join us for an informative presentation by Doug Ripley, president of Cochise Chapter of the Arizona Native Plant Society.

Crafty Adults

Monday • June 5 • 5:30 pm

Crafty adults come have fun at this monthly upcycling and craft program for adults.

Digital Device Drop-in

Thursday  • June 1 and July 7 • 2:00 pm

Wednesday • June 14 and July 12 • 5:00 pm

If you need help accessing the libraries popular digital resources and materials, come in on the first for a Digital Device Drop-in to get one-on-one instruction. Just remember to bring you reader, laptop, or other digital device.


Fiction Writers Club

Saturday • June 17 and July 15 • 3:30 pm

In this workshop-style meeting we’ll discuss different writing processes. After discussion we’ll have a 20 minute writing period, and follow that up by sharing some of our work. Occurs third Saturday of the month.

Book Discussion

Wednesday• June 21 and July 19 • 10:30 am

Book discussions are open to anyone who loves to read and discuss books. And occur on the third Wednesday of each month. The library supplies 4 books for borrowing by group members. Upcoming titles are : Mislaid by Zink in June and Little Red Chairs by O’Brien in July.

Using Facebook

Tuesday • June 20 • 5:30 pm

Facebook is a social networking site that makes it easy for you to connect and share with your family and friends online.

Soft Job Skills

Wednesday • June 28 • 5:30 pm

We will briefly discuss what soft job skills are and why employment experts agree that tech skills may get you an interview, but that soft skills will get you the job—and help you keep it.

Using Skype

Tuesday •July 18 • 5:30 pm

Skype is a free to download Internet-based communication service, and using Skype just got even easier. We will explain what Skype is and break down how to use Skype and how to download it on to your computer.

Interview Tips

Wednesday • July 26 • 5:30 pm

We will discuss 10 interview tips to improve your chances of getting a job.

Computing Made Easy

Tuesday • June 6, June 13, and July 11 •3:30 pm

These computer classes cover basic keyboard and mouse instruction, Microsoft Word, email and file management, basic home computer care, and more. These classes are held the first and second Tuesday of the month in the programming conference room from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please call or stop by the circulation desk to register.

Movie Matinee

Wednesday •June 7, June 21, July 5, and July 19 • 1:00 pm

The library shows movies the first and third Wednesday of the month in the Meeting Room. Indie favorites, major studio releases and even oldies but goodies; you can see them all at the library. Movie Matinees are free and popcorn is available while supplies last. To get a list of upcoming titles call the library or pick up a Movie Matinee bookmark the next time you stop by the library.

Puzzle Exchange

Friday • June 9 and July 14 • 3:30 pm

Bring your jigsaw puzzles to trade with other puzzle enthusiasts.

Socrates Cafe

Friday • June 9, June 23, July 14, and July 28 • 10:30 am

Socrates Cafés are held globally, where people from different backgrounds assemble to exchange useful ideas, analysis, and experiences while embracing the Socratic method.