This year’s Summer Reading Program theme is “A Universe of Stories!”. It’s open to elementary school-age children, preschoolers, toddlers, and caregivers with infants.
The program is free and tailored for a variety of learning styles and age groups: Pre-K, K-2 grades, and 3-5 grades (based upon the school level just completed). Children may choose to do a Reading Log or a Challenge Sheet or do both. We leave it up to them to choose the option that best suits their learning abilities.
Participants receive an activity packet to keep track of their participation. Prizes are awarded for reaching reading goals and completing challenges. Those who finish the whole program receive 3 free books and 3 chances to win special prizes geared for each level.
Program registration begins at 12 noon on Thursday, June 13 at the Library. You also may register at our special Wednesday performances at the Friday Harbor Elementary School (FHES) Pavilion and at our Friday Outdoor Preschool Story and Play Times at the San Juan Island Fairgrounds.
Our first of five scheduled performances will be the Jeff Evans Magic Show on Wednesday, June 26 at 1:30 PM. Please bring chairs or blankets for seating. The Summer Reading Program ends with another fantastic show featuring crowd pleaser Brian Ledbetter and our grand finale raffle drawings on Wednesday, July 24 at 1:30 PM.
Registration is not required to attend any of our special events or storytimes. However, registration is required for winning prizes and getting a free activity packet.
Contact the Library for more information: 360-278-2798.
Thanks and Have a Great Summer!
A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program Kick-Off
Thursday, June 13 at 12 noon
Jedi Training Academy
Take a quick Jedi Training Academy course at the library’s Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program kick-off party. We have activities planned for you and a cool galactic photo booth with Star Wars props. Register for our Reading Program while you munch on snacks from our Library Cantina. It’s all free courtesy of the Friends of the San Juan Island Library.
Summer Reading Program Events
A Universe of Stories Outdoor Preschool Story & Play Times at the Fairgrounds
Fridays at 10:30 AM
Special Activities for Preschoolers
Each Friday morning at 10:30 AM we’ll host stories and activities at the Fairgrounds on Argyle St. No prior registration required. Free!
We are excited to present stories and crafts about the universe.
Friday, June 28 — Stories and the construction of a rocket playhouse.
Friday, July 5 — Stories and building a solar system mobile.
Friday, July 12 — Stories and construction of a comet on a stick.
Friday, July 19 —Stories and construction of a galaxy pinwheel.
Friday, July 26 — Stories and a surprise space-related activity.
Friday, August 2 — Stories and construction of a Mars landing rover. We also will host a picnic lunch, courtesy of the Friends of the San Juan Island Library.
Wednesday Performances at Friday Harbor Elementary School
All Wednesday Performances start at 1:30 PM under the Pavilion at Friday Harbor Elementary School, located at 95 Grover Street.
We suggest you bring beach or camp chairs and blankets for comfort as the Pavilion floor is concrete. Thank you!
Brian Ledbetter, Magician ~ Wednesday, July 24 at 1:30 PM
Grand Finale Party (after Brian Ledbetter), Wednesday, July 24
Community One Read: October Sky by Homer Hickman
Starting June 13, 2019 free paperback copies are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Pick your copy up at the Library front desk. One per patron or family, please. Sponsored by the San Juan Island Library Adult and Youth Services.
The Film, October Sky
Saturday, July 27 at 7 PM
Party and Book Discussion
Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7 PM
Read the Memoir, Watch the Movie and Dare to Dream!
It was 1957, the year Sputnik raced across the Appalachian sky, and the small town of Coalwood, West Virginia, was slowly dying. Faced with an uncertain future, Sonny Hickam (aka Homer Hickam, Jr.) nurtured a dream: to learn how to build a rocket so he could work in the space business.
The introspective son of Homer Hickam, the mine superintendent, and Elsie Lavender Hickam, a woman determined to get her sons out of Coalwood forever, Sonny gathered in five other boys and convinced them to help him.
Along the way, the boys learn not only how to turn scraps of metal into sophisticated rockets but manage to give the people of Coalwood hope that the future will be brighter, at least for their children.
As Sonny’s parents fight in different ways to save their sons, and the people of Coalwood come together to help their Rocket Boys, Sonny and the Big Creek Missile Agency light up the sky with their flaming projectiles and dreams of glory.
Special thanks to The Friends of the San Juan Island Library for financially supporting the entire Summer Reading Program. Due to their generosity and commitment, the Summer Reading Program is free for all children and families.