Category Archives: Summer Reading Program

June’s Book Club Selection Marries Well


A timely choice for this month, Julia Alvarez’s A Wedding in Haiti shares the story of the unique relationship the author and her husband have with a Haitian refugee, a young man, whom they first met in the Dominican Republic. Taking place just recently before the devastating earthquake of 2010, it takes the reader on a journey through illegal border crossings, post-earthquake Haiti, the blessings of investing ourselves in others, and of course: a wedding.  You can read more at the author’s website and at NPR.


*Attention Summer Reading Program participants: reading A Wedding in Haiti and attending the Riverbend Book Club Discussion Group on Tuesday, June 23 at 6pm will entitle your reading slip for this book to count as TWO entries.

A Musical Petting Zoo

We are kicking off the Summer Reading Program with a bang… and a clang, strum, toot, bong, and who knows what else! Bob Whitten from AwesomeTown Music & Video Productions will be hosting a special event we’re calling a MUSICAL PETTING ZOO on Tuesday, June 2nd, from 1 – 3pm downstairs in the Children’s Room. He is bringing a variety of instruments and he will graciously allow our younger patrons to get some hands-on experience with them!
Want to see some pictures that were taken during this event showing the kids having a blast? Visit this post on our Facebook page!

Sign Up & Read Up!

Starting next week the SUMMER READING PROGRAM swings into beat; visit this page under The Children’s Room for the complete schedule.  Remember, it’s never too late to register for one of our three reading incentive programs — the elementary program includes anyone preschool age through 5th grade, “tweens & teens” includes 6th through 12th grades, and everyone else receives the courtesy of being  considered an adult.  It’s fairly painless to sign-up (with the exception of those enrolling in the child’s program, you just slap your John Hancock on the respective sign-up sheet at the front desk); after that, just keep track of your reading time (children), or number of books you read (young adult and adult), record said information on the appropriate slip (available at the library), and turn them over to us in order to receive some awesome prizes and a chance to enter the grand prize drawing in your age bracket: each offering the not-too-shabby prize of $50!!!
For tweens/teens and adults: after reading a book, simply fill out a slip listing the title, author, and a personal rating. Each slip will enter you into that week’s drawing for a particular prize.  After having completed 6 books, you will be entered into the GRAND PRIZE drawing for $50; each subsequent book gives you an additional entry.  There will be separate Grand Prize drawings and rewards for the three age groups (children, young adults, and adults).
For a complete listing of the reading requirements and prizes at the children’s level: please visit this page under The Children’s Room.

Registration for Summer Reading Program

School is almost over— like I actually need to remind anyone of that — but have no fear: Schmaling’s SUMMER READING PROGRAM begins JUNE 1 and runs through JUNE 27.  Registration for “Read to the Rhythm”, this year’s theme for the reading and multi-activity program, begins TUESDAY, MAY 26.
IMG_20150518_174107[1]So march your way over to the library to register for a month full of crafts, story times, a musical petting zoo, Wii time, and prizes galore! When you register, please remember that a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign up children under 14.  At that time you will receive the informational packet and calendar of events.  And remember, the reading program isn’t just for kids: there are teen and adult reading incentives and activities as well.
And just a heads up: anyone who reads June’s Riverbend Book Club selection — A Wedding in Hawaii, by Julia Alvarez — AND attends the discussion on June 23 at 6pm, will receive DOUBLE the points in the program thereby accelerating them towards the attainment of the coveted $50 prize.