Enlightening and Inspiring Generations with Generations of Ideas
Enlightening and Inspiring Generations with Generations of Ideas
"One World, Many Stories" Summer Reading Program
This year, you and your imagination will take a trip around the world! When you make time for reading at the LaSalle Public Library this summer, you’ll find a wonderful collection of books about people and places all around the world, and fun multicultural programming with stories, songs and crafts enjoyed by kids from other nations.
How it works: During the five weeks of Summer Reading, kids read 15 minutes each day and complete one activity page per week – they’ll be on the Circulation Desk. Have your grown-up initial your reading log in the spaces shown for each week’s reading. Kids who complete Daily Reading from May 29th through July 3rd and return their reading log by July 15th will receive a Summer Traveler’s Reward packet.
Every time you check out books you’ll be able to roll one die and advance in the “Around the World” game. Starting at square one on the globe, advance through the game following the numbered squares. When you have finished your turn for the day, write on your brochure the number of the square where you left off – that way you’ll know where to start next time! If you’re interested, we’ll help you find books about the countries you pass through. Keep checking out books and reading, and traveling “Around the World!”
“Extraordinary Elephants of India”
Especially for kids who will be going into Fourth through Eighth Grades in the fall, this two-day art workshop uses creativity and imagination to transport participants to India! The Elephant Festival is a unique event held annually in Jaipur, the capital of the north Indian state of Rajasthan. The festival celebrates the day of Holi, the Indian “Festival of Colors.” Groomed to perfection, glittering in gold, bedecked in stunning colors and jewels elephants parade in graceful procession. Elephants have historically figured prominently in Indian culture, myth and religion. A favorite Hindu god is Ganesh, who takes the form of a man with the head of an elephant; Ganesh is the god of wisdom and good luck. Mondays, June 18th and 25th, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Registration is required; limited to 20 kids.
Tiny Travelers Preschool Storytime
“Tiny Travelers” Preschool Storytime for Kids Aged 3, 4, and 5 years, Tuesdays, May 29th, June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, and July 3rd from 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Travel to a different destination each week! For children who can sit for a story and work with a grown-up on a simple craft. Registration is required; limited to 20 children.
“Singing Around the World”
Join us when Folk Musician and Singer, Anna Stange, takes us on an imaginary trip around the world through music and song. Anna has traveled extensively and brings a collection of her instruments from around the world to accompany songs from every continent. We will “visit” all seven continents by identifying countries on a map and globe, and singing songs in native languages. This program is made possible through a grant from Target – Peru Store. Thursday, May 31st, 6:30 p.m. For all ages.
Crazy Craft Time
Kids and their grown-ups are welcome to stop in at the Library on Monday, June 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, and July 2nd, to make fun craft projects. Come anytime between 10:00 a.m. and noon to complete a craft . For all ages.
Silly Sockarama Gallery –
Kids and their grown-ups are invited to a storytime for a celebration of socks, especially the wild and crazy looking socks, and most of all, the mismatched socks! Everyone’s socks will be photographed (on legs!) and will be included
in the “Sockarama Gallery.” Read sock stories and make sock puppets to be included in the “Sockarama Gallery.” Wear your most outrageous socks – mismatched is even better! If you think your socks are too plain, add decorations… your imagination is the limit! Thursday, June 7th, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Registration is required; limited to 24 participants. Ages 7 through 12 (younger children may need adult help with puppet project).
“Around the World” with Chris Fascione
Join us when nationally recognized story-performer, Chris Fascione, acts out the best of classical and contemporary children's literature and folktales in a fun-filled, participatory show sure to be enjoyed by the whole family. His unique combination of storytelling, mime, juggling and comedy creates colorful characters from literature who tell their stories as laughter abounds. In “Around the World,” Chris includes stories from many different countries, continents, and cultures. Chris has been entertaining audiences and making children’s literature come alive for more than 20 years. This program is made possible through a grant from the Alwin C. Carus Trust. Thursday, June 14th, 6:30 p.m. For all ages.
Pajama Storytime for Kids…and Sleepover for Toys!
That’s right…we can’t have sleepovers with real kids at the Library, but we can host a sleepover for your stuffed toys. Come in your PJs (or daytime clothes) for stories and games like “My Little Bird ” from Tanzania and “Where in the World Do You Say Hello .” Then, say “Good-night” to your toy – you can come to pick up your toy Friday morning! In the meantime, your toy is going to have great time at the Library! They get to have a Sleepover at the Library! Will you allow your toy to Sleepover? Come back on Friday and find out all the fun things your toy did at the Library! (Note to grown-ups: Please be sure your child REALLY wants his/her toy to sleep over!) Thursday, June 21st, 6:30 p.m. for Pajama Storytime; pick up toys Friday, June 22nd, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Registration is required; limited to 24 children and their parents. Ages 5 and up with an adult.
“Our Wonderful World Musical Time
Join music educator Miss Candy for an evening of fun in an interactive, international, musical program. Miss Candy will have parents and children singing, clapping, stomping and dancing as she plays guitar and leads them in lively familiar and new songs from here and abroad! Bring your voices and energy! This program is made possible through a grant from Target – Peru. Thursday, June 28th, 6:30 p.m. Ages 3 to 8 years and parents.
Caribbean Concert in the Park
Often described as “Blue Man Group meets Jimmy Buffett”, this “Tropical Pop Steel Drum Band” show includes Blue Man Group and Stomp-style percussion numbers accentuated with steel drum, percussion, drums, guitars and singing all enhanced with choreography and special effects – one that delivers upbeat Caribbean genre entertainment. This one-of-a-kind show recreates the traditional sounds of the islands with energy and humor. With classics like “Kokomo” and pop favorites like “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” this show will appeal to young and old alike. To enhance the mood, the audience is encouraged to attend in tropical attire.
OD TAPO IMI was featured at the Disney Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights Parade, and has performed at Taste of Chicago, Milwaukee’s Summerfest, QVC Home Shopping Network, CBS This Morning and opened for Jimmy Buffett’s tours through the Midwest. Their original music has been played numerous times on MTV, VH1, The Travel Channel, A&E and in major motion pictures including the recent Monkey Love.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 4th, at Hegler Park, 855 MacArthur Street, LaSalle, IL. The one-hour concert will begin at 11:30 a.m. Pack a picnic lunch and bring the whole family to a concert sure to make you smile! For all ages. This free concert is a cooperative venture of the LaSalle Park District and the LaSalle Public Library.
All Library programs are free and open to the public.
Sponsors:Amy Adams, Alwin C. Carus Trust, Culvers of Peru, The Dale Family, DuPage Children’s Museum, Peoria Chiefs, Peoria Rivermen, Target Store - Peru, Walmart Store - Peru.
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