Summer Reading Details!

2024 Summer Reading Program Details

People of all ages (babies to adults!) are invited to participate in our Summer Reading Program at the Nortonville Public Library. We offer programming and prizes for all ages, including teens (going into the 6th grade or older), babies/toddlers, and adults. Sign ups begin soon, and our kickoff party is Saturday, June 1, 2024.  You must be signed up for summer reading for your reading and activities to count, but you can sign up anytime during the program. Books read after June 1 will count. For every 60 minutes read (or being read to), readers get one entry into the grand prize drawing and pick one item from the prize case. However, we do have additional entry options. 

For our readers of all ages that can’t read yet, don’t enjoy reading as much, or have difficulty reading, you can also log activities (educational, outdoor, or library programs). We don’t want to pressure you to read, we want you to enjoy it! Five activities will earn one ticket and one small prize.

We have special prizes for our teens and a chance for them to earn “book bucks” to cash in for smaller prizes, or they may save up for an auction of grand prizes at the end of the summer! Details will be in their registration totes, on our Facebook page, and on our website. Teens are 6th grade to 12th grade (for the 2024-25 school year).

Prizes change continuously and the case is always fully stocked. Readers can continue earning prizes during the program. The grand prize drawing will be held on Friday, July 26 at 4pm; all tickets must be submitted by 3pm on July 26 to qualify. Registration is not required to attend our programming. 

ALL EVENTS AND CRAFTS ARE FREE. 

Nortonville Public Library

2024 Summer Reading Activity Schedule

June 1, Saturday 10am: Summer Reading Kick-Off. We will have treats, reveal grand prizes, learn about upcoming events and more. Sign up early online, or in person starting that day but you may do so later.  All ages.

WEEK 1- ROAD TRIP ADVENTURES

June 4, Tuesday, 10am: Storytime-Going on a Road Trip! This event combines play, stories, crafts, and a snack. Babies-PreK.

June 4, Tuesday, 2pm: Travel Buddies Craft. We’ll make little critters in a case to take on travels. Teens (6th grade and up).

June 5, Wednesday, 6:30pm: Travel Embroidery Craft Night. Whether you know how to embroider or not, we’ll be using printed patterns, hoops, and thread to stitch travel/vacation scenes. Teens and adults.

June 6, Thursday, 2pm: “Let’s Take a Road Trip” KS Travel Talk and Travel Journals.

From the KS Dept of Commerce, Kelli Orender will inspire us to travel our home state by exploring the many resources that Kansas Tourism offers. Plus, she will share some of her favorite “hidden gems” to add to your own bucket list. We’ll also be making travel journals to record our road trip memories! All ages.

June 8, Saturday, 10am: Storytime-Going on a Road Trip! Another opportunity to come to Storytime for the week. This event combines play, stories, crafts, and a snack. Babies-PreK.

WEEK 2- WILDLIFE ADVENTURES

June 11, Tuesday, 10am, Storytime: Forest Fun. This event combines play, stories, crafts, and a snack. Babies-PreK.

June 11, Tuesday, 2pm: Felt Animals. We’ll use beginning sewing skills to make forest animal felt plushies. Teens (6th grade and up).

June 13, Thursday, 2pm: Milk Jug Birdfeeders. We’re going to decorate and reuse milk jugs to make bird feeders. All ages.

June 15, Saturday, 10am, Storytime: Forest Fun. This event combines play, stories, crafts, and a snack. Babies-PreK.

WEEK 3- ADVENTURES IN THE DARK

June 18, Tuesday, 10am, Storytime: Camping Out. This event combines play, stories, crafts, and a snack. Babies-PreK.

June 18, Tuesday, 2pm: Escape Room. Use clues to escape and earn a reward. Teens (6th grade and up).

June 19, Wednesday, 6:30pm: Adult Paint Night. Enjoy adult conversation and laughs while we paint “Sunset Campfire” along with a virtual teacher. Teens and Adults.

June 20, Thursday, 2pm: Stuffie Sleepover and Movie. Bring a stuffie to the library, make it a blanket or pillow, watch a movie, and then leave it to spend the night. Later, check out the pictures of their overnight shenanigans! All ages.

June 22, Saturday, 10am, Storytime: Camping Out. This event combines play, stories, crafts, and a snack. Babies-PreK.

WEEK 4- TRAVEL ADVENTURES

June 25, Tuesday, 10am, Storytime: Airplanes! This event combines play, stories, crafts, and a snack. Babies-PreK.

June 25, Tuesday, 2pm: Hotel Keychains. Decorate and customize retro hotel keychains. Teens (6th grade and up).

June 26, Wednesday, 6:30pm: Library Board Meeting. Everyone.

June 27, Thursday, 2pm: Cardboard Cameras. Use recycled materials to make a play camera. All ages.

June 28, Friday, 6:30pm: Paint By Numbers Craft Night. Don’t worry about having painting skills, we’re painting by numbers to make gorgeous travel artwork. Teens and Adults.

June 29, Saturday, 10am, Storytime: Airplanes!  This event combines play, stories, crafts, and a snack. Babies-PreK.

WEEK 5- HOT AIR BALLOON ADVENTURES

July 2, Tuesday, 10am, Storytime: Hot air balloon Adventures.  This event combines play, stories, crafts, and a snack. Babies-PreK.

July 2, Tuesday, 2pm: Fabric Hot Air Balloons: Use fabric scraps and other supplies to make a hot air balloon decor piece. Teens (6th grade and up).

July 3, Wednesday, 2pm: Balloon Suncatchers. Make a colorful suncatcher for your window. All ages.

July 4, Thursday: Closed for Independence Day. 

July 6, Saturday, 10am, Storytime: Hot Air Balloons Adventures.  This event combines play, stories, crafts, and a snack. Babies-PreK.

WEEK 6- CAMPING ADVENTURES

July 9, Tuesday, 10 am, Storytime: Bugs! Includes stories, crafts, and treats. Younger Children.

July 9, Tuesday, 2pm: Cryptid Terrariums. Mythical creatures like BigFoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and Jackalopes are going to be the stars of the terrariums you create. Teens (6th grade and up).

July 11, Thursday, 2pm: Survival Skills Talk and Kits. A scout leader will be teaching us about wilderness survival skills, and we’ll make survival kits with some important items for safety. All ages.

June 12, Friday, 6:30pm: Adult Paint Night. Enjoy adult conversation and laughs while we paint “Sunrise Beach Bike” along with a virtual teacher. Teens and Adults.

July 13, Saturday, 10am, Storytime: Bugs!  This event combines play, stories, crafts, and a snack. Babies-PreK.

WEEK 7- SAFARI ADVENTURES

July 16, Tuesday, 10am, Storytime: Going on a Safari.  This event combines play, stories, crafts, and a snack. Babies-PreK.

July 16, Tuesday, 2pm: Shadow Paintings. Make spectacular safari scenes using shadows and colorful paints.Teens (6th grade and up).

July 17, Wednesday, 6:30pm, Adult Craft Night: Map Decor. Enjoy adult conversation and crafting. Adults (18+).

July 18, Thursday, 2pm: 3D Animal Paintings. Create a shadow box painting with animal figurines and other supplies. All ages.

July 19, Friday, 4:30-5:30pm: Atlas Education Reptile Presentation.  Learn all about lizards, snakes, turtles, and arachnids while seeing them in person and touching them (if you choose!). Children must be accompanied by an adult and there are two short waivers to sign before the program starts. All ages.

July 20, Saturday, 10am, Storytime: Going on a Safari.  This event combines play, stories, crafts, and a snack. Babies-PreK.

WEEK 8- SPACE ADVENTURES

July 23, Tuesday, 10am, Storytime: Let’s Go To Space! This event combines play, stories, crafts, and a snack. Babies-PreK.

July 23, Tuesday, 2pm: DIY Lava Lamps: Make a glowing lava lamp. Teens (6th grade and up).

July 24, Wednesday: T-Shirt Tie Dyeing, 4-6pm. Make sure to wear older clothes because you might get messy. We provide the shirts and all the supplies for every member of the family to dye a shirt! Pick up the shirts you made at our wrap-up party on Friday.

July 25, Thursday, 2pm: Galaxy Ornaments. Make an ornament that looks like a galaxy far, far way to hang from your ceiling. All ages.

July 26, Friday: Summer Reading Wrap Party! 

3:30pm: Teen Prize Auction. Bring your book bucks in (or fill out a bidding sheet ahead of time to have someone else bid in your absence) and bid on the big prizes just for our teens.

4pm: Grand Prize Giveaway. Kids and adults, be sure to come see if you’ve won any of our grand prizes! (You do not have to be present to win).

Stay for games and treats to celebrate all the adventures we went on this summer!

July 27, Saturday, 10am, Storytime: Let’s Go To Space! This event combines play, stories, crafts, and a snack. Babies-PreK.

Summer Reading Fundraisers Happening Now!

We have a couple of quick fundraising activities for our summer reading program this year! We have big plans for the Adventure-themed activities that we’re packing into June and July, but we could use a little help to make it all happen! There are two easy ways to contribute to the summer fun.

First, to go along with our special summer reading Amazon wish list, we’ve put up a Giving Tree in the library. Each leaf on it has a dollar amount and item for something that we need for summer reading activities and prizes. You can pull a leaf and either just donate the money for us to purchase the item(s) or order it directly from the wish list to be sent to us! We also have a few leaves for the partial sponsorship of a grand prize basket that we will put together.

We’re also hosting a special craft night fundraiser with TWO project choices (wooden sign wall decor OR summer wreaths with mesh, ribbon or flowers) and snacks and drinks provided! We’re just asking for a $5 donation that will go straight into supplies and prizes for our “Adventure Begins at the Library” summer reading program this year.

RSVP is required You can do so by going to the Facebook event or by contacting us.