Summer Reading

On Your Mark . . . Get Set . . . READ

  • Sign up for the summer reading program begins on May 25th.
  • The program is open to children, teens, and adults of all ages.
  • Our program is also open to Youth With Any Disability.  If you have any difficulty in reading we will have books and/or audio books available at the level you would like. If the books you want are not in our library please speak to the librarian and we will be sure to get you just what you want.
  • Programs and activities are available for all children and their families.
  • Please sign-up at the library or on-line. IF YOU SIGN UP ON-LINE BE SURE TO SELECT THE CORRECT GROUP (Preschool, K-5, OR 6-12 BEFORE YOU START ENTERING ANY DATA.  THE TABS ARE ACROSS THE TOP OF THE REGISTRATION BOX. You may register on-line  by  clicking here  .  Reading for the program begins June 24th.  All reading must be completed and forms turned in (or submitted on-line) by 6:00 PM on Monday, August 15th to get your certificate and prizes at the celebration on August 17th If you haven’t completed your reading by then you can keep reading until Saturday, September 3. You can then pick up your prize and certificate the following week.
  • For a detailed explanation of the Requirements please scroll down.
  • The celebration for the completion of the reading program is on Wednesday, August 17 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.   There will be cotton candy for everyone.  Those who have completed the reading requirements for the summer reading program may pick up their certificates and prizes at that time.  At 5:00 PM the drawings will be held to determine the winners of the kids.  teen, and adult gift baskets.   If you are unable to attend that day your prizes may be picked up at the library any time after that day. 
  • To see a full calendar of Summer events at our Library click on June – July 2016 calendar or August 2016 calendar .  To see events at other libraries click on the Calendar of Events Link on the left side of this page.


  • For children in grade three and younger: read 18 books and fill out the appropriate forms.
  • For those in grade three and older: read 300 pages and fill out the form for each book either on-line or on the forms provided at the Library.
  • Forms should be brought to the library and left in the summer reading folder for each participant. When the requirements are met be sure to turn in the folder to the librarian (unless the forms are completed on-line) and your name will be added to the list of those who have completed the program. This must be done by 6:00 PM on Monday, August 15 to participate at the celebration on August 17 from 3-5 PM.  If you haven’t finished by then you should keep reading until Saturday, September 3 at noon. when all forms or online logging must be completed.  You will be able to pick up your prizes the week after your forms are turned if you haven’t completed reading by August 15.

EVENTS AND PROGRAMS at The Petersburgh Public Library    

Feature Presentation


On Monday, June 27 at 7:00 PM everyone is invited to help us kick off our summer reading program. Join The Puppet People as they retell the fairy tale “The Last Dragon” by E. Nesbitt. Are all princesses helpless? Are all knights brave and strong? Are all dragons evil? Explore the issues of stereotypes, greed, discrimination, self-esteem, and friendship with this vivid puppet production.

This show features classical music, large rod puppets, mouth puppets, and a 7 ft dragon and a life-size knight on horseback for a jousting scene you will never forget. Ages 5 and up.

The program will be held at the Petersburgh Veterans Memorial Community Center (PVMCC).






Painting on wood will be the theme of the first art program for grades 2-5 on Tuesday-Thursday, July 5-7 at 10:30 AM. Mrs. Pam Gerstel, an experienced folk art painter and teacher will lead the program and each child will take their creations home at the end. Sign-up is required since space is limited. Please call the library or sign-up at the library.



Deb Cavanaugh, singer/songwriter, artist/educator will be bringing a fun music program. There will be percussion instruments for you to play along and plenty of chances to move your body. Learn some traditional American songs, listen to traditional American instruments such as the mountain dulcimer and the limberjack and experience a “crankie”, an old storytelling art form set to music.  Will be held at the PVMCC.




Friday, July 8 at 10:30 AM The Dyken Pond Environmental Center will present a program called Fishing!  Children will learn fascinating fish facts, learn how to identify common fish species found in lakes and streams, make fish prints to take home and practice casting with a fishing pole. We will also examine macro invertebrates (tiny creatures) to find out what fish eat. Will be held at the Petersburgh Town Park.



Monday, July 11, 10:30 AM Join the staff of Grafton Lakes State Park for nature-inspired games of all kinds! Awareness skills, life cycle tag, and sneaky stalking will all be part of the fun for the morning! Get ready for action in the outdoors! Held at the PVMCC.





Friday, July 15, 10:30 AM “BJ the Balloon Twister” will be here to have fun with the children and introduce them to some balloon art. First she will teach them a few different “twists”, then she will let them learn by doing. Each child will be able to make their own balloon creations … a hat, an animal, or WHATEVER! Held at the PVMCC.


 rhondaandigorweb-235x300RHONDA’S REPTILES

Monday, July 18 10:30 AM everyone is invited to come have a hands on learning experience with reptiles. All the animals that will be shown have been handled on a regular basis, are used to people and very calm. Rhonda says: “If just one person is able to lose his or her fear of these amazing animals, it is well worth the time and effort.” Held at the PVMCC.



At the second art program, held on Tuesday-Thursday, July 19-21 at 10:30 AM, children in kindergarten through 6th grade will create a stained glass picture using material that lets you use your imagination and make your picture come alive. Mrs. Mona Norlund, an experienced crafter and teacher will be leading the group. Sign-up is required, so please call the library or stop by and sign-up.


Peters Lib Paint


Thursday, July 21st Samantha Noles, an Artist from Troy, as well as one of our local Berlin Middle/High School Art Educators will be teaching a painting class at the library from 3-5 pm  for children going into Grades 6-12. She will teach us the basic techniques for the painting shown and how to personalize it even more—and it’s yours to keep! Registration is required and there are only 20 slots so please register early! Aprons will be provided, but please don’t wear your nicest clothing, just in case!



Friday, July 22, 10:30 AM Nick Kossor, a world class Jodoka, will provide a hands-on Judo experience for attending families. He will relay the importance of a healthy lifestyle and share his lifelong passion of Judo on a competitive level in an interactive program. Held at the PVMCC.


SUMMER PRESCHOOL STORY HOUR  Tuesdays, June 28 – August 23, 2016, 3:30 PM

All preschoolers with parents or care providers are welcome at story hour. Join us for stories, activities, crafts, and a snack.


EVERYONE is invited to stop by the library for some fun on Monday through Friday from 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Mondays June 27 – August 22 Legos at the library. Build with thousands of legos and display them at the library for the week.

Tuesdays June 28 – August 23 Coloring for adults and kids – all materials provided.

Wednesdays June 29 – August 24 Food Crafts – see the calendar for specifics with two special events scheduled.   July 6, 4:00 PM – Learn how to make cupcakes extra special with instructions from Karen Roberts. All materials provided.   July 13, 3:00 PM – Snack Attack with the Honest Weight Food Coop Learn how to prepare some healthy snacks. They will set up stations where you can make smoothies, veggie and cheese kabobs, fruit dip, trail mix and healthy soda. We will discuss the importance of eating healthy, even when snacking. You will get to take home recipes.

Thursdays June 30 – Aug 25 Crafts and More Crafts. See what things you can create each week.

Fridays July 1 – Aug 26 Games and More Games. Bring your own game or learn a new one that is at the library



CELEBRATE On Your Mark, Get Set…Read

Wednesday, August 17, between 3:00 and 5:00 PM everyone is invited to drop by the library for a few minutes to celebrate all the reading that has been done this summer.  We wiill have cotton candy. Those who have completed the reading requirements for the summer reading program may pick up their certificates and prizes during that time. At 5:00 PM the drawings will be held to determine the winners of the kids, teen and adult gift baskets.

New this year – if you haven’t finished the reading requirements in time to get your prizes on August 17, you can still keep reading. If you complete the reading log online or turn it in to the library by noon on Saturday, September 3 you can still get a certificate and prizes. Please talk to the librarians if you have any questions.



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