Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Summer Reading Countdown

Every year, the state picks a summer reading theme for all of the libraries to follow. This year, we’re strapping on our capes and masks because our theme is “Every Hero Has a Story!” and revolves around  heroes: everyone from your local police force to your friendly neighborhood Spider-man! 

Check out these 5 ways to “hero up” with us this summer at the Reading Public Library:  

5. THE SUMMER READING GAME- Pick up a reading ticket at the library!

4. SUPERHERO TRAINING CAMP- This program starts June 11 and will be every Thursday at 1 pm throughout the summer!

3. KIDS' SCIENCE LAB- The lab opens June 18 at 4 pm for our first experiment!

2. FROM FARM TO LIBRARY- June 9 & 23, July 7 & 21, August 4 at 4 pm

1. COMIC CON -Be a part of our first ever Comic Con! There's something for the whole family!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


The Children’s Library and the Teen Loft at the Reading Public Library have two very exciting opportunities for children, teens, and adults:

Summer reading is coming, and there’s no better way to kick it off than with YOU! Everyone has a talent, so show us your dance moves, magic skills, beautiful voices, or whatever other talent you have. This program is for little kids all the way up to age 18. The Talent Show has special guest judges, plus the Reading High Dance Team is going to kick-off the show!

Comic fans, assemble! The RPL is hosting its very first Comic Con! We’re looking for artists, writers, cosplayers, and community partners to show off their work. Professionals and non-professionals of all ages are invited to come! Our families are already giddy about this, so expect a nice crowd to check out your work! 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Head Start Open House!

Did you know that the Children's Library serves almost every Head Start classroom in the city with monthly storytimes and programs? Every month, the librarians do their "Featured Fairytale" show, featuring classic fairy tales and puppets. Come find out more about what your child participates in at our Head Start Open House!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A Sneak Peek at Upcoming Events!

Thank you to all of our Homeschool families that came out for our Art Attack, Grossology, and Kids' Science Lab programs!

We have two presenters coming in April and May and a plethora of amazing programs (including our annual Talent Show!) happening throughout the summer. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

What can you spot?

Animals are starting to make our new mural their home! This bunny was the first to join us, but what other animals do you think you'll find?

We're even developing a "Can you spot...?" game so families can spend time working together to discover all of the cool elements of our mural. For instance, can you spot...
  • the mask?
  • the footprints?
  • the letter N?

Monday, February 16, 2015

Read with Peter and Willie

Did you know? Peter from the classic Ezra Jack Keats’ book “The Snowy Day,” can be found reading with his dog Willie (from “Whistle for Willie”) in Prospect Park in NYC! What a great statue! Click here to see more books featuring Peter: http://goo.gl/50NcGx

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Beautiful Books

There is nothing so lovely as a beautiful book. Here are two new ones we received in the Children’s Library. 

Snow White by the Brothers Grimm and Camille Rose Garcia. 
 Opening this book is like opening up a little gift. A well designed book is always a treat, and this one is particularly enticing. Mixing the classic Grimm text of Snow White with a taste of the modern artwork by Camille Rose which is both creepy and divine, this book is a wonder. 

If you’ve never read the original story by the Brothers Grimm, this is a great book to explore the text. You’ll be surprised by the lack of a princely kiss and the strange similarities to the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, as the seven dwarves discover that their food has been eaten and their beds have been slept in.
If you already know the original Grimm Brothers’ version, Camille Rose Garcia’s artwork seems to spin a new tale entirely, making Snow White otherworldly.
Enticed? Place a hold on it here, or check out Garcia’s version of Alice in Wonderland.
The Seven Dwarves return to their cottage. Who do they find inside?
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales
One of the most beautiful books of last season, Yuyi Morales’ Viva Frida is a serious Caldecott contender. Using beautiful hand-made puppets and finished off with a dose of Photoshop, Viva Frida tells the tale of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. 

The text is minimal and simple, weaving a soft poem in both English and Spanish of Frida’s love of life and art. Those who love Frida will gleefully point out the nods to her artwork, and the cameos by her menagerie of pets. This little picture book somehow captures the ethereal spirit of Frida Kahlo better than almost any of the Frida-based books and movies have in the past twenty years.  

Ready to learn about Frida? Place the book on hold here! Want to learn more about how Viva Frida was created? Visit Yuyi Morales' Pinterest page to see her process: here
Frida at the Casa Azul with her husband Diego and her pets.