AUBURN — The Auburn Public Library Kids Summer Reading Program Kick-Off will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 26. The theme is “Build a Better World.”

The kick-off will feature a free high energy performance of “Engineering a Better World” by Mad Science of Maine in the Androscoggin Community Room.

Kids may register for the summer program at the show or in the children’s department. Readers and listeners may set their own goals. Keep a log of titles read and the library will provide small incentives to encourage meeting the goal. At the end of the program, kids who read or listen to at least 10 books may choose a gift book to keep. They must pick up the book between Aug. 7 and Sept. 2.

On Saturday, July 1, at 10 a.m., the Wallace family will present the annual “Happy Birthday America” storytime with cake and a parade. Call the library at 207-333-6640, ext. 3, to register.

Other programs at the library include:

• Preschool Stories, Wednesdays at 10 a.m. from July 5 through Aug. 9. Preschoolers and their families are welcome to join on the story quilt in the children’s room for songs, stories, finger plays, fun and friendship.

• Messy Art Workshops, Thursday, June 29, at 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., or on Friday, June 30, at 9:30 or 11 a.m. Heather will lead kids ages 3 to 7 in three messy, artistic projects in the Maggie Trafton Room. Registration is required; register for only one session. Call the children’s room at 207-333-6640, ext. 3.

• Summer of Science, Thursdays, July 6 through Aug. 10, at 1 p.m. Maisy Cyr from 4-H of Maine will lead this science program, which is best for kids in grades one through five. Space is limited; call 207-333-6640, ext. 3, to register or register online at www.auburnpubliclibrary.org. Plan to attend all six sessions.

• Monthly LEGO Club: Fridays, June 2, July 7 and Aug. 4, from 4 to 5 p.m. The library provides the space in the Maggie Trafton Room and the LEGOs. Kids need to come with their ideas and imaginations. The program is not suitable for very young children. FMI: 207-333-6640, ext. 3.

• Vacation LEGO Club, Wednesdays, July 19 and Aug. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m.

• Crafternoons: Wednesdays, June 28 and July 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be two or three projects to make and personalize. The program, held in the Maggie Trafton Program Room, is best for kids in grades two to six. There will be a break in August and the program will start up again in September.

• Family Concert with Rob Duquette: Tuesday, July 11, at 11 a.m. for a free family concert with Maine musician Rob Duquette in the Androscoggin Community Room. All ages are welcome.

• Jackson Gilman will present Songs and Stories for a Small Planet on Monday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Androscoggin Community Room. Gilman’sperformances reach out and touch the audience, making them laugh and making them think. All ages are welcome.

• “Grandfather Tang’s Story Bag,” Friday, July 28, at 10 a.m. in the Maggie Trafton Room. Cindy Petherbridge will lead participants in recreating the tangram animals in the story and then, using fusible fabric, create one of the animals (or their own design) that will be ironed onto a canvas bag that they may take home. Call the library at 207-333-6640, ext. 3 to register or register online at www.auburnpubliclibrary.org.

• Free Family Magic Show with Conjuring Carroll: Monday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m. in the Androscoggin Community Room. The summer reading program will start winding down with a magic show.

• Build a Better World: Save the Bees! Jenn Tyler (Miss Jenn) will be back again on Tuesday, Aug. 8, at 11 a.m. With stories, songs, activities, and a bit of honey tasting, kids will learn how important bees are to the world and what they can do to save them. Call the library at 207-333-6640, ext. 3, to register or register online at www.auburnpubliclibrary.org.

• Get Ready for the Solar Eclipse: Jon Wallace will visit on Friday, Aug. 18, at 1 p.m., in anticipation of the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. Wallace will talk about observing the eclipse and what to expect. He will emphasize safety and teach kids how to turn a shoebox into an eclipse viewer. Weather permitting, they will have time to observe the sun to prepare for the eclipse. There will also be safety glasses to give away.

A Maine State Park Pass is available for families to use this summer. FMI: 207-333-6640, ext. 3.


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