Fizz, boom, read
● By Tim
June 9 – July 26
Join in the fun with the Summer Reading Program for all ages! Babies through adults are welcome to visit the Library to pick up an activity log and start reading. Participate to earn prizes throughout the summer. Celebrate with the Summer Reading Finale with Laura Doherty on July 26. Registration required for all programs.
Mon., June 9 • 2–2:45pm
All ages. Come watch a thrilling and entertaining magic show packed with vanishing acts, mind-reading tricks, and a variety of hilarious tricks that will have the children rolling on the floor with laughter.
Fri., June 13
Explore science experiments, technology, and more! Dress to get messy. Who knew science could be so much fun?
• Ages 2-3 with caregiver, 9:30–10:15am
• Ages 3-6 with caregiver, 10:30–11:15am
• Grades 1-4, 1:30–2:30pm
• Grades 5-8, 3–4pm
Sat., May 10, 2–3pm
Families are invited to come and visit with an old favorite for stories and a photo with Spot. Don’t forget a camera! Registration is required.
Mon., June 23 • 7–8:30pm
Making soda is fun and easy. Lacto-fermented soda is the “yogurt” of soda - delicious, good for you and easy to make. This presentation will offer a discussion about fermented soda as well as a hands-on demonstration. Participants will have the opportunity to sample several types of this bubbly drink. For teens over age 12 and adults.
A new public computer and copy reservation system debuts, utilizing a library card and PIN number. Residents need to be sure to have a library card and PIN number. The old print cards with money will be phased out so it’s important to use up balances as soon as possible.
The Library Board signed a contract with Kluber Architects, Batavia, in March to finalize plans and drawings for renovation of the Youth Services Department. The work includes expansion of the youth programming room. Once approved by the Library Board, bid requests for the project will be advertised, likely by late summer.
The Library contracted late last fall with L. J. Dodd Co., Oswego, to perform exterior maintenance work on the white stucco exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS) late this spring and summer.
Some of the library’s phone numbers have changed. The information block below lists these new numbers, as well as department heads.
Do you love to read and discuss books? Join one of the Library’s book groups, and enjoy lively discussions of fiction and non-fiction titles. Copies of the books will be available at the checkout desk.
Messenger Evening Book Discussion Group
1st Wednesday • 7– 8:30pm Wed., June 4: Krakatoa by Simon Winchester
Morning Coffee Break & A Book
4th Tuesday • 10:30–11:30am Tues., June 24: Krakatoa by Simon Winchester
Registration is required for all programs unless noted. Registration for all children and teen summer programs begins Tues., May 27 at 9am. Register online at www.messengerpl.org, by phone 630-801-4340, or in person. The Library will be closed: Mon., May 26 – Memorial Day, Thurs., July 4 – Independence Day
Friday, June 27 · 10–11am
Songs and games designed to introduce kids to basic music concepts, with stories and dancing and fun!
Magic 101 Workshop
Mon., June 9 · 3–4pm
Gary Kantor will lead a thrilling workshop where children will learn how to do a variety of magic tricks. Each child will also receive a magic kit to take home at the workshop.
Thur., June 12 · 6:30–7:30pm
Drop in to build your own creation to display in the Library! No registration necessary.
Tues., June 17 · 3:30–4:30pm
Ages 5-12, families invited
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hold dinosaur bones? A Dinosaur Fossil Hunter will take participants on a mini expedition for a hands-on encounter with authentic dinosaur fossils from different species like Triceratops and T-Rex.
Parts of the Plant We Eat
Tues., June 24 · 2:30–3:30pm
Did you know we eat tree bark? A Master Gardener will help participants explore plants and discover where food comes from
through stories and games.
Green Tweens Summer Special
Thurs., June 26 · 2:30–3:30pm
Make recycling super fun by assembling a Tin Can Robot!
Programs and activities for Teens
Teen Tie-Dye Drop-In
Fri., June 20 · 2–3:30pm
Bring a t-shirt to tie-dye! Dress to get messy. No registration required for this drop-in program.
Fri., June 27 · 2–3:30pm
Work with fellow creative spirits on a latest project. Participants bring what they are working on or or create something for the upcoming cosplay (costume play) party with provided ideas! Snacks provided.
Live Angry Birds
Mon., June 30
Grades 5-8 · 1–2:15pm
Grades 9-12 · 2:30–3:45pm
You’ve played it on the computer, now play it in real life. Build a setup, knock it down and make some fuzzy angry birds to take home.
SAT Prep Test
Sat., June 21 · 12–4:30pm
Registration opens May 12, please register by June 13.
Computer/technology programs and classes
Each month the Library offer a variety of one-on-one sessions and small group classes. All classes last 1 ½ hours, and are free and open to the public. Space is limited; please register in advance.
Basic Computer Skills
Fri., June 6 · 10–11:30am
This class is perfect for first-time computer users. Learn how to use a mouse, the keyboard, and gain confidence with the computer desktop.
Introduction to Email
Mon., June 16 · 6:30-8pm
Learn how to create an email account, read, send and manage email messages using free, web-based email.
Basic Internet Searching
Fri., June 27 · 10-11:30am
Learn to navigate the Internet, type a web address, link from one web site to another and conduct basic searches for weather, cooking, trusted medical information and more.
Visit the website for a complete listing. messengerpl.org