Summer of Wonder - Week 13: Free Meals for Families, PAWS Read to a Dog, Spanish Language Storytime, and a Virtual Performance from Ants on a Log!

By Emily S. RSS Fri, August 21, 2020

It’s the final full week of our virtual Summer of Wonder for kids, teens, adults, and camp groups, and we’re so glad you’ve come along! Look for our upcoming interview with high school artist Deyania Sanders who designed our Philly-themed summer artwork this year! And stay tuned for our next fantastic and fun-filled virtual adventure coming in September, the Free Library’s Fall Challenge.  

But for now, we’ve got one more amazing week of summer fun to enjoy. And you can keep logging books, minutes, and activities online for points until August 31. Have you earned your completion badge yet?

Free Meals for Families
Also this week, two of our neighborhood libraries are distributing free frozen meals to families with children. These will be weekly distributions events. Come by and say hello at the following locations!


Join us on Facebook for Daily At-Home Activities,  August 24-28!

Monday: Imagination Station
Design a windsock that looks like your favorite mythical creature. Will it be a dragon? A unicorn? A uni-gon? It’s all up to you!

Tuesday: Question Connection
Paper airplane flying contests are a classic part of summertime fun! We’ll show you different models and share what makes them fly or nose-dive.

Wednesday: Culture Corner
Explore how people around the world traveled to faraway places before cars and planes. Make a paper boat with us and set it off on a journey.

Thursday: DIY Lit Lab
We’ve done so much this summer! Create a summer scrapbook to remember the fun you've had!

Friday: Freestyle
Write your own photo-poetry featuring words hiding in your neighborhood.

Follow Youth Services on Facebook for more at-home activities, live events, and community resources year-round. Stay in touch with your favorite neighborhood library through social media.


Free Library Virtual Summer Program Highlights, Week 13

Podcast Reviews and Recommendations | Monday, August 24, 2:00 p.m.
Join Children's Librarian Ms. Chelsea as she explores various podcasts for a variety of ages on the Ramonita G. de Rodriguez Library's Facebook page! A list of related ebooks will also be included at the end of each post.
For school-aged children, teens, and adults.

Reading, Mathing, Making: Literacy Tuesdays |Tuesday, August 25, 1:00 p.m.
Get school-ready with UPenn's Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program. Young readers will enjoy a variety of literacy activities focused on a new book each day. The program offers book-based maker crafts on Thursdays, too! This live event is free with advanced registration.
For school-aged children.

Virtual Performance: Ants on a Log | Wednesday, August 26, 11:00 a.m.
Join Philadelphia's own Ants on a Log for a Facebook live performance of their special brand of "music for children and other childlike people, songfully advocating for positivity, social justice, and silliness."
For the whole family.

Virtual PAWS for Reading | Read to a Therapy Dog | Thursday, August 27, 3:00 p.m.
If you haven’t met our therapy dog friends from PAWS, it’s not too late! Join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. to read to a dog pal on a live video conference and develop confidence and skills for reading aloud! Free with registration.
For preschool and school-aged children.

Hora de Cuentos | Spanish Language Storytime | Friday, August 28, 11:00 a.m
Invitamos a toda la familia a visitar nuestra página de Facebook para escuchar cuentos y rimas o canciones para los niños pre-escolares. Enjoy a Spanish language storytime for preschoolers and their caregivers on the Kensington Library’s Facebook page.
For the whole family. 

Explore our latest virtual programs and event offerings throughout the year on our online calendar.


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