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Summer Reading 2014


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Welcome to Children's Summer Reading at the Puyallup Public Library!  Children's Summer reading is open to everyone ages birth to grade 6.  Designed to keep young people reading during the long hot days of summer, the Puyallup Public Library's summer reading program offers fun incentives to help children maintain their reading skills. 

All children who spend time reading, listening to audio books, or being read to, can enter drawings for great prizes.  Plus, every child who reads (or is read to) at least 15 hours this summer will get a FREE book and a ticket to Northwest Trek / Pt Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, as well as free goodies at local retailers.  Early bird finishers will earn a ticket to the Tacoma Rainiers for Puyallup Public Library Night at Cheney Stadium on August 20th! 

The 2014 summer reading program runs from June 16th through August 16th and is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Puyallup Public Library, along with the Tacoma Rainiers.  Summer Reading is also sponsored by Northwest Trek / Pt Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Round Table Pizza, Jersey Mike's Subs, McDonalds and Auntie Annie's Pretzels. 
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Click here to get registered and log in to your Summer Reader account

(If you want to keep track of your reading time on paper click here for this handy-dandy printable log.)

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 Kick-off Summer Reading with Rhubarb & the Tacoma Rainiers! 
Saturday, June 21st   11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Take a break from Meeker Days and meet Rhubarb the reindeer from the Tacoma Rainiers!  Enjoy a craft and get your picture taken with Rhubarb.  Don't forget your camera for this special photo-op.  This program is FREE for all-ages.  No registration required. 

Kids musicShake, Rattle and Roll! 
Friday, June 27th  3:00 PM

Get your rhythm going for a musical celebration!  Join the fun with shakers, tambourines and more as we explore patterns in music. Join in the fun with a kitty-cat musical parade.  This FREE program is especially for children ages 3 to 6.  No registration is required.

Little Engineers: Ready to Read
Tuesday, July 1st  10:30 AM

3 to 6 year olds can move between stations as they explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) concepts with robotics, manipulative technologies and other engineering activities.  We will also be exploring engineering concepts by building with various materials and incorporating math through shapes and patterning.  Space is limited- please stop by the Children's Desk or call the Library at 253.841.5454 to register. 

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Superheroes at Storytime!
Friday, July 11th 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Is your preschooler fascinated by police officers?  Here's a chance for 3 to 5 years olds to get up close and personal when a Puyallup Police Officer joins preschool storytime to read and talk with the kids.  Free - No registration required. 

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Honk, Howl, Squeak, Bellow, Snort!
Friday, July 11th 1:30 PM OR 3:00 PM

What kinds of noises do different animals make and what do they mean?  Join educators from Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium to explore the noisy world of wildlife.  Meet a live animal visitor from the Zoo, touch real biofacts and discover the sounds of wild survival!  Space is limited, please stop by the Children's Desk or call the Library at 253.841.5454 to register. There are two opportunities to participate in this program, either 1:30 PM or 3:00 PM.

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UNI: A Portable Early Learning
Lab in the Park
Tuesday, July 15th  10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

UNI cubes create an interactive gathering space, with more than 30 hands-on, professionally curated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)activities, as well as books, geared toward young children and designed to answer basic STEM questions.  Children are invited to complete an activity card in exchange for a small prize.  Spark your child's curiosity and imagination at this free drop-in event.  This program is for young children and their families. No registration required. 

Zentangle: A Snazzy Snake or a Beautiful Butterfly
Friday, July 18th  3:00 PM

What is Zentangle?  It's a fun and easy way to create intriguing images by repeating patterns.  Join local art instructor Kim Zeiger as teaches students how to draw a three dimensional snake and butterfly using symmetry then doodle a design to craft creative creatures.  This free program is for children in grades 3 to 8, no registration required. 

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A Special Family Concert in the Park featuring Bill Harley
Wednesday, July 23rd 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Puyallup Public Library and Puyallup Parks and Recreation welcome musician and storyteller Bill Harley to the Pioneer Park Rotary stage for an evening of stories and songs.  Inter-generational entertainment at its best, Bill's songs and stories paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life.  Masterful storytelling and comic narrative songs will have listeners young and old laughing out loud!  With slice-of-life vignettes about big trouble and simple pleasures, Bill's rubber-faced abandon and keen memory will delight the entire family.  This is a free all-ages program, no registration required.

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Sing a Song of Science
Friday, July 25th  3:00 pm

Join Northwest singer-songwriter Nancy Stewart for this playful, interactive sing-along exploration of science.  Children will do the gravity dance, sing to a pulley, play the electricity game and much more!  This free program is for children 10 and under and their families, no registration required. 

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Minecraft Build Competition for Kids
Tuesday, July 29th 10:30 am

Play Minecraft with friends and meet other Minecraft fanatics!  You can play for fun or compete in our Build Competition.  For children ages 7 to 12.  THIS PROGRAM IS FULL.

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Be a Toxic Investigator!
Friday, August 1st  3:00 pm

Discover products in your home that could go fizz and boom!  Experts from Pierce County Public Works will show you how to keep your home and environment safe and healthy.  We'll even share green cleaning tips.  This free program is for ages 7 and up, no registration is required. 

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Summer Sun Science Fair
Wednesday, August 6th  3:00 to 5:00 PM

Come one, come all, everypony!  Bronies and Pegasisters of all ages are invited to join us for the Summer Sun Science Fair, an event inspired by the world of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic!  Come in your best pony gear and stomp those hooves while you explore science projects based on your favorite ponies, do pony crafts and exercise your brain with pony trivia.  Don't forget your party cannon! 

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The Knights of Veritas present
The Science of Swordfighting
Friday, August 8th  3:00 PM

Excitement, entertainment and enlightenment abound as the Knights of Veritas challenge what you think you know about knights and their weapons.  Safety first, as these swashbuckling cavaliers share their knowledge and skill with real swords.  All ages will enjoy this live-action swordplay and hands-on opportunity.  This is a free all ages program, no registration is required.

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Bead a Binary Bracelet
Tuesday, August 12th  3:00 PM

Binary code is for more than just computers!  Show off your name or initials in this special computer code using beads and color.  Who knew zeroes and ones could be so much fun?!  This free program is for ages 6 to 12.  No registration is required. 

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Museum of Flight's Flying
Gizmo Show
Friday, August 15th  3:00 PM

Discover the science and history of flight through the use of flying toys and models from the Museum of Flight.  Let your imagination soar with flying dragonflies, birds, kites, gliders, planes and much more!  This free program is for children in grades 3 to 6, no registration required. 

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Puyallup Public Library Night at Cheney Stadium
Wednesday, August 20th 6:00 PM

Read your way to the Ballpark!  Kids and teens who sign-up for the Puyallup Public Library's Summer Reading Program and have read 15 hours before August 15th can order a free Tacoma Rainiers ticket for Puyallup Public Library Night at Cheney Stadium!  Gates will open at 6:00 PM for pre-game festivities, including a parade!  Library Director Tim Wadham throws out the first pitch at 7:00 pm. 

  • Storytimes

    Summer Stortyimes begin June 20th! For more information about storytimes click here

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  • Reading with a Doggie Friend

    Bruiser the French mastiff, Coach the Lab, Clover the Dalmatian and Frank, a mixed Reading Dog Scarlett 2008breed love to listen to a good book!  These trained therapy dogs visit the Library on a regular basis and provides kids with a no-pressure situation to practice their reading skills.  Plus, who doesn't love curling up with a good book and a sweet dog who loves to listen?  And don't worry if you make a mistake or say a word wrong, these dogs are just happy to see you.


    Coach - Saturdays, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    June 7th, July 12th, August 9th and 23rd

    Frank - Wednesdays, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    June 25th, July 23rd and August 27th

    Bruisier - Fridays, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
    June 27th, July 18th and August 15th

    Clover - Saturdays, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    June 28th, July 26th and August 30th

  • Play to Learn in the Community

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    Play to Learn is a FREE collaborative program for children ages six and under and the adults who care for them.  Thematic curriculum invites individual play, engaging activities, songs and a whole group circle time for children and adults to enjoy together!  Play to Learn is a FREE drop-in program facilitated by the Children's Museum of Tacoma.

    Play to Learn will return in the Fall.  Please check back for dates and times.

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