The Summer Reading Program is a super fun series of free events and programs at the Altamont Free Library that celebrates reading, creativity and summer fun! All programs are free and pre-registration is not required except for certain specified events.
Summer Reading Opening Ceremony
Friday, June 29th @ 5pm
Sign up for the Summer Reading Program, get your BINGO card and get ready to Build a Better Summer! There’ll be cupcakes, special guests and fun for the whole family!
Thursday & Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30am
Drop into the library for ten minutes or an hour and get into these craft and project-based activities. Come once a week to learn a quick new craft or come every day to work on a big project!
July 5 & 6: Fossils Rock
Kick off the Summer Reading Program by going digging in the dirt for dinosaur bones, or make your very own new fossils to take home!
July 12 & 13: Volcanoes Rock
This week we’ll explore what happens when the lava starts to flow, we’ll make volcanoes to take home and start work on a big project!
July 19 & 20: Altamont Rocks
This week, we’ll be examining the rocks right under our feet with rock hunts and a visit from an actual Thacher Park geologist.
July 26 & 27: Gems Rock
This week, we’ll be finding diamonds in the rough, examining some beautiful rocks, growing crystals, and making rock jewelry!
August 2 & 3: The Stone Age Rocks
We’re going back in time this week, to explore the world of cave people, by making stone age tools and cave art!
August 9 & 10: Rock Art Rocks
This week is all about making beautiful things from materials right under our feet and spreading gratitude all around.
August 12–17: Turn in your BINGO Cards
One last week to turn in your BINGO Cards and finish up work on any big projects you’ve worked on throughout the summer.
Help Find Rocky Raccoon
Any time, all summer
Rocky Raccoon is digging for treasure all over Altamont! Help find him every week to be entered into a special raffle!
Sundays at 3pm
Beat the heat and pick up some sports skills from these family friendly movies. We’ll even make the popcorn.
Sunday, July 3rd Jurassic Park (1993)
Sunday, July 10th Joe vs. the Volcano
Sunday, July 17th Coco
Sunday, July 24th Early Man
Sunday, August 31st School of Rock
Sunday, August 13th Grease
Wednesday, July 18 @ 5pm to 7pm
Tune up your ride and take a run at our bike obstacle course, while learning all about riding safely and getting your helmet checked by local police.
Friday, July 20 @ 10am
Learn about how fossils are made and make some new ones of your own with a Thacher Park geologist. Please register in advance to ensure we have enough materials at the library or by calling 861-7239.
Thacher Park Geology Tour
Friday, August 10 @ 9:30
Take an educational walk on the Indian Ladder Trail with a Thacher Park geologist. Meet at the park visitor’s center
Kelly Martin Animal Jam
Wednesday, August 1st @6pm
Meet a variety of wild local animals as Wildlife Rehabilitator Kelly Martin teaches us all about our animal neighbors and about her years of experience in reintegrating injured animals into the wild.
Summer Reading Celebration and Prize Pickup
Friday, August 17th @ 5pm
Celebrate all of the reading, rocking, crafting, and learning you’ve done all summer with an explosive celebration!
How the Summer Reading Program Works
Beginning on July 2nd you can play weekly Summer Reading Program BINGO using BINGO cards that you can get at the Kickoff Party or at the library. Every week, mark your BINGO card for every time you read, go to a library program, read, do an activity, read, act heroically, or, especially, when you read. For every line you get on your BINGO card (horizontally, vertically or diagonally) you’ll get a raffle ticket. Those raffle tickets will be used to win awesome prizes! The more lines you fill, the more tickets you earn, and the more chances you have to win a prize! If you need help accomplishing any of the tasks in the BINGO card safely, don’t forget to ask an adult you trust for help. If you need any help finding a great book to read, don’t forget to ask a librarian! Happy Reading!