Summer Reading 2020

Keep reading all summer long!




















***Book Bingo Reading Logs***
***Due AUGUST 7th!***

Summer Reading Began June 22nd!

This year for summer reading we are offering a Virtual Program for ALL AGES!

Scroll down to find the link to our Book Bingo sheets and to see all of our Themed Weekly Activity Suggestions!

Week 1: Magical Creatures
Week 4: A Hero’s Journey
Week 2: Common Threads
Week 5: Origin Stories
Week 7: Kindness & Respect
Week 3: New Twist…
Week 6: Tall Tales

It’s easy to participate!

Participants of the Summer Reading Program will be able to download a Bingo Reading Log.
Turn in the Log by August 7th (by email: library @ and be eligible to win one of 10 raffle prizes!

Fun Prizes for all!

All participants who turn in a completed Bingo sheet (one row, column, or diagonal) will receive a $5 Toadstool Bookshop Gift Certificate.
Anyone who finishes the full Bingo sheet (completing all 25 activities) will also be entered into a special raffle for a $100 Gift Certificate to a Drive-In Live Concert at the Swanzey Fairgrounds!

Programs and Activities!

Storytimes will be run on Zoom beginning on Tuesday, June 23rd at 10:30am and continuing for six weeks with the last Storytime on Tuesday, August 4th at 10:30am.

Each week we will offer a page of activities to get your whole family reading and enjoying the outdoors!
This Weekly Sheet will have reading suggestions, a writing prompt, movie suggestions, crafts, and ideas to get you moving!

Submit Photos!

Email us (library @ a photo of you or a family member reading and you could be featured on PTL’s Facebook or Instagram accounts!

Check back here each week for another curated list of suggestions!

Summer Reading Program Week 1 Suggestions for Reading, Writing, Watching, Creating and Moving!

Will You Buy My Unicorn?

In this variation of the game “Will You Buy My Horse?” one person is the unicorn and the other is the owner.

Everyone else sits in a circle and the owner and unicorn are in the center.

The owner selects someone to “sell” the unicorn to. They ask, “Will you buy my unicorn? My unicorn is very smart! My unicorn can …” They must suggest a series of activities that the unicorn must do, such as jumping, eating, or galloping. The more ridiculous the action, the better because the object of the game is to make the buyer laugh.

If they are having trouble with one “buyer” he can switch to another.

Once the “buyer” laughs a new pair is chosen.

Summer Reading Program Week 2 Suggestions for Reading, Writing, Watching, Creating and Moving!

Personal Time Capsule

What you need:

• Containers with lids (metal coffee cans with lids, large plastic coffee cans with screw-on lids, plastic containers (Rubbermaid, etc.) with lids, an empty oatmeal container, an empty shoebox, an empty cereal box without the bag.
• Glue or duct tape

Various personal items (see below)

In this activity, you can capture and preserve current parts of your life for the future. The capsules don’t need to be buried but store them in a safe place until the time comes to open them.

Decorate the time capsules (if you want to). Paint the outside, or use permanent markers (it depends on what the container is made of). Tape or glue a piece of paper with the date/year of when the time capsule should be opened. Ten years is recommended so you can see how you have changed growing into adulthood. Fill your time capsule. There is a list of suggested items below.

Sealing your time capsule can be done in a variety of ways, but using duct tape (clear tape won’t stay sticky long enough) or gluing the lids closed will work. If the capsule is a Rubbermaid-type box, just snapping the lid closed should be enough. However, it is very tempting to open a time capsule that isn’t sealed!

Open in ten years!

Possible items to place in time capsule:

• Letter to your future self—describe yourself, your hopes for the future, and any predictions you might have for your life.
• Photos of friends, family, pets, house, school, car—whatever is important to you at this time.
• Newspaper articles showing current events or trends. Both local and world news.
• Letters—ask your parents to write a letter to you, talking about the current day or about what they hope for the future. Friends can also contribute letters. These should be sealed unread and placed in the time capsule.
• Filled journals or paper calendars.
• Price tags of items/store receipts (to see how prices change).
• Items that are important to you—toys or trinkets. Suggestion: Label these items because you might not remember why it was important to your teenage self.
• Movie ticket stubs.
• Lists!
Here are some suggestions:
– Favorite songs
– Favorite outfits
– Favorite things in your room
– Favorite friends
– Favorite foods
– Favorite books
– Favorite movies
– “Things you hope to do before you die” (Bucket list)
– List of what you hated about being a teenager
– Websites you look at every day

Do not put anything in that will rot or leak (favorite candy bar for example).

Create Your Own Family Crest

There are hundreds, if not thousands of designs for a coat of arms. Lions, fleur-de-lys, suns, crescents, griffons, stags and geometric designs were all popular. You can look up examples or create your own! For examples and information about use of colors and symbols check out this website.

What you need:

• poster board or heavy paper or a cereal box
• construction paper
• glue
• scissors
• crayons, markers
• tape

What you do:

1. Cut a shield out of poster board or heavy weight paper (the inside of a cereal box works well!). You determine the size, any shape you want.
For some shield shape examples click here.

2. Cut a strip of heavy paper about 1″ wide and 5″ long to make a handle for your shield. and tape it in place on the back of your crest.

3. Turn the shield over and decorate it with crayons, construction paper strips or emblematic designs.

Summer Reading Program Week 3 Suggestions for Reading, Writing, Watching, Creating and Moving!

Get in a quick workout with GoNoodle and the song Two Princes!

Make a Catapult!

You will need:

• Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors
• Plastic spoon
• Rubber bands
• Marshmallows or pom-poms
• A picture of dragon or castle taped on the wall to test your catapult!

Gather materials to make a catapult then set up a catapult testing station in front of a target taped to the wall or try it outside!

Use the following YouTube video to see how to make your catapult!

Design your own Knight Shield!

1. Draw the shape of a shield onto something sturdy you can cut, like cardboard or an empty cereal box. You can use the template below.

2. Then cut it out and decorate it. If using cardboard, you may want to ask a grown-up for help cutting it out.

3. To attach a handle to the back of the shield, use a strip of leftover cardboard or cereal box.

4. Use tape to attach your handle, or put a small amount of glue on each end and then press the glue side down facing the back of the shield. When it’s dry, it will be a handle to hold your shield.

5. Go off on your Hero’s Journey!

Try some yoga with this YMCA 360 Kids Yoga Underwater Adventure Video!

Get in a quick workout with GoNoodle and the theme song to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air!

Make a Fairytale Storyteller Game!

Print the image below and follow the instructions to play!

Tall Tale Handshakes

Here are some different handshakes to try out with your family. Which Tall Tales do they remind you of? Which handshake is your favorite?

Lumberjack Handshake – Person 1 sticks their thumb up, their partner (Person 2) grips the thumb in their palm and sticks their thumb up. Then Person 1 grips Person 2’s thumb and sticks their other thumb up. Person 2 grips the thumb. This creates a “thumb stack”. The partners move their hands back and forth simulating a saw cutting down a tree.

Fisherman’s Handshake – Both participants make a motion as if they are casting a fishing rod. They extend their right hands to one another, sliding past the palm and wrist of one another and clap their hand against the forearm of their partner. This results in a flapping sound, like a fish out of water.

Cow Handshake – Person 1 interlaces his/her own fingers with thumbs up and flips their hands over so the thumbs are pointed down. Person 2 mocks milking a cow by gripping Person 1’s thumbs.

Other fun Handshakes to try:

Mistake Handshake – Share this fact: The average person makes 7 mistakes a day. Partners begin to give each other a high five, but miss hands and reach beyond hands towards their partner’s shoulder. Each person reaches over their partner’s shoulder and pats them on the back.

Coffee Pump Pot – Both participants go in for a normal handshake, miss hands and reach for their partner’s right foot, which is lifted in the air behind them. They grab hold of the foot and pump the leg lightly up and down.

Crab Handshake – Participants stand facing opposite each other, but just to their partner’s left. Each person steps forward with their left foot and reaches with their right hand under their leg and shakes hands with their partner.

Try being mindful with help from GoNoodle!
Watch this video: