Summer Reading

2014 Program – Fizz Boom Read!

  • Sign up for the summer reading program began on May 20th.
  • 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 (PRE K, 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 27th.  All reading must be completed and forms turned in (or submitted on-line) by 6:00 PM on Monday, August 11th.
  • For a detailed explanation of the Requirements please scroll down.
  • The celebration for the completion of the reading program is on Wednesday, August 13 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Everyone is invited to join us for a drop-in activity.  We will be making cotton candy.  Those who have completed the reading requirements for the summer reading program may pick up their certificates and prizes at that time.  At 6:00 PM the drawings will be held to determine the winners of the 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 click on  June/July 2014 Calendar or August 2014 Calendar


  • For children in grade three and younger: read 18 books and fill out the appropriate forms – draw or describe what you liked about each book or report your book on-line.
  • 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 11.

EVENTS AND PROGRAMS at The Petersburgh Public Library    

Feature Presentation




Reading Rocks!

On Monday, June 30 at 7:00 PM everyone is invited to a special family concert featuring “Tommy” Gardner of The Uncle Brothers.  He presents an upbeat, interactive, and parent friendly show and children of all ages will love it.  Tom began singing and writing children’s music when his own kids were in elementary school. This led to many great song ideas and to the beginning of his classroom workshops for creative song and lyric writing.  His song, “Rainbow” (Two Big Kids) won the KidSing 2001 songwriting contest (grand prize) and his other songs (“I Can”, “When We’re Happy We Laugh”) won honorable mention in the 2002 John Lennon Songwriting contest.  His solo CD “My Candy Tree” won the 2004 Parents Choice Award.

CDs are available at the library if you would like to preview his music before the program.

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







Monday, June 30, 10:30 AM.  Scotia-Glenville Children’s Museum will present a program of cool science for curious kids titled “What’s the Scoop?”  Learn about ice cream & the cool chemistry of making it ~ then top it off by enjoying some!


rock art


On Tuesday, July 1 through Thursday, July 3 at 10:30 AM there will be a special art program led by Sharon Cole, an artist and co-owner of Paulson Wood Products.  She was formerly an assistant librarian in Cavendish, Vermont, where she managed children’s after-school arts programs.  Children entering grades 2 – 5 are invited to join her in “Rock Creations.”  Here’s your chance to create some extraordinary art from ordinary rocks!  Make a great, gray gargoyle face.  Learn to ‘paint’ with rocks, sand, and glue.  Join us and tell us a story in stone.  Sign-up is required at the library since space is limited. See you there!




Monday, July 7, 10:30 AM  Everyone is invited to join The Puppet People as they present Jack and the Bean Stalk.  Explore this classic and the science behind it!  Find out what you get when you mix one cow, three magic beans, and one giant bean stalk.  Help the hero save the day.


canon powershot


Youth ages 10-16 are invited to sign up for a special digital photography workshop.  There is room for 8 participants in this workshop which will be held from 1-3 PM, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, July 7, 9 and 11. Sign-up is required since space is limited. Everyone will learn how to take the best pictures, edit them and prepare them for printing.




Friday, July 11, 10:30 AM everyone is invited to join some funny frazzled scientists from Grafton Lakes State Park and help them find their missing ingredients for their experiments.  A little research, some stirring, some glop and some pop, and we guarantee this program will cause you to fizz, boom and READ!  Presented by Grafton Lakes State Park




Monday, July 14, 10:30 AM The Dyken Pond Environmental Center will present a program titled “What’s a Watershed.”  Come see a watershed model where you can manipulate making it “rain” on the model and showing where pollution comes from and how it runs into our streams and forests.




Tuesday, July 15 through Thursday, July 17, at 10:30 AM Victoria Muller will be leading a program on “Recycled Art” for children in grades K – 3.  Participants will be making water bottle flowers and paper bag kites.  Sign up at the library is required due to limited space.  Ms. Muller is a native of Stephentown and recently obtained her Bachelors in Creative Studies.  She also assisted with the library art program last year.




Friday, July 18, 10:30 AM.  Scotia-Glenville Children’s Museum will present a program of artistic adventures titled “Seashell Snapshots” where everyone will create a summer seashore-themed frame with a rainbow of sand and shells



CELEBRATE “Fizz Boom Read!”
at end of summer reading program

Wednesday, August 13, between 4:00 and 6:00 PM everyone is invited to drop by the library for a few minutes to celebrate all the reading that has been done this summer.  Participants will make their own cotton candy or watch it made for them.  Those who have completed the reading requirements for the summer reading program may pick up their certificates and prizes during that time.  At 6:00 PM the drawings will be held to determine the winners of the teen and adult gift baskets.


Other Activities to attend include: summer preschool hour and Wednesdays’ crafts and activities.



Tuesdays, July 1 – August 5, 2014, 11:00 AM

July 1   –     Color Magic
July 8   –     Critter Fun
July 15 –     Shapes and Numbers
July 22 –     Zing Bang Boom – Music and sound
July 29 –     Dance & Wiggle – movement
August 5 – Can you sense it?

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



Wednesdays, July 2 – August 6, 2014 from  2:00 – 4:00 P.M.

Everyone is invited to come.  Activities are geared toward children in grades K – 6.   Just stop by the Library during these two hours to make a craft to take home.  All materials will be provided and samples will be on display prior to the sessions.

July 2       Pop out an eyeball – make an eyeball out of a donut  hole
July 9       Slime Attack  – make some slime to take home
July 16     Spark a Garden Candle – make a candle to hang in your garden
July 23     Robots Boom! – use your imagination and make a robot
July 30     Plop Plop Fizz Fizz – make a lava lamp
August 6  Poof!  – powder turns into a bouncy ball



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