Kolb: Discover a universe of stories at Seymour Library
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Kolb: Discover a universe of stories at Seymour Library


Seymour Library kicked off its Discover Summer 2019 series last weekend with a carnival on the library’s front lawn. Over 200 people stopped by to enjoy face painting, balloon animals, cotton candy, live music and many other fun activities! The carnival was just the start to the library’s summer reading series. Sign up for a Discover Summer passport and start an out-of-this-world journey as we explore storytelling and space with hands-on interactive programs for all ages.

Museums come to you during the library’s summer series:

• Have you ever seen a star being born? Or flown through Saturn’s rings? Or traveled through far away galaxies? Join the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology, of Syracuse, for exciting science experiments and talk to a visitor from space at 11 a.m. Monday, July 8, on the library’s front lawn. Rain location will be SS. Peter and John Episcopal Church (across the street from the library).

• Learn about the rock cycle of the solar system with the Museum of the Earth at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, and then join them for a special storytime featuring “Mousetronaut” by Mark Kelly at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27.

• Explore the night sky with the Kopernik Observatory and Science Center. View stars, constellations, planets and deep-sky objects with the Kopernik’s portable planetarium on Friday, Aug. 2, at SS. Peter and John Episcopal Church. Sessions will start at 11 a.m. and run till 1 p.m. Each session will last for 25 minutes, for a total of four sessions (11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m.). Space in the planetarium is limited. No registration is required.

Get hands-on during one of the library’s STEM-based programs:

• Experience fun and discovery with Outside Life Learners during Discover Space Science at 11 a.m. Mondays, July 1, July 22 and July 29.

• Join Miss Jill on the library’s lawn for STEM discovery at 10 a.m. Saturdays, June 29, July 6, July 13 and Aug. 3.

• Interested in the arts? The Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre will present its summer tour production, "Look Up: Tales of the Sky" at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, on the library’s front lawn. Rain location will be SS. Peter and John Episcopal Church.

Or express yourself through art during one of these creative programs:

• Create a beautiful piece of star art on canvas with other artists and crafters at the library at noon Wednesday, July 17. All supplies will be provided.

• Tell your own story! Local pop culture and marketing expert Ed Catto will run a graphic novel workshop for kids in grades 6 to 12 at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 23. Catto will guide kids in the basics of creating a graphic novel, including the “language of comics,” and how to develop original characters and storylines.

• Indulge in a universe of stories and art! Join Miss Jill for stories, followed by a time for creative art at 1 p.m. Thursdays, June 27, July 11, July 25 and Aug. 1.

Other Discover Summer programs include weekly storytimes, movie times, family history, yoga and more. For more information about Discover Summer 2019, upcoming programs, times and locations, visit the library’s website at seymourlibrary.org/discoversummer.

Don’t forget to visit the library’s StoryWalk, located at Hoopes Park, 100 S. Herman Ave., and launching at the Owasco Playground, 6 Bristol Ave. It opens in late June, with new books installed through Labor Day.

Here are some tools and resources offered by the library to make your summer more fun!

• Did you know that Seymour Library has an Empire Pass available for checkout? The Empire Pass provides unlimited day-use vehicle entry to most facilities operated by New York state parks.

• Learning backpacks offer children and families a chance to discover a variety of topics together. The library’s newest learning backpacks include Outer Space, Dinosaurs, Geography Around the World, Cooking and Knitting & Crochet.

• Interested in learning how to play the ukulele? The library now has six ukuleles ready for children to explore.

Seymour Library is grateful to the generous donors who make our summer reading program possible. Major funding for the summer reading program comes from the Bernard Carl and Shirley Rosen Library Fund of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County and the Friends of Seymour Library. A special thanks to Five Star Bank and the Friends of Seymour Library for donating grand prizes for Discover Summer.

Jackie Kolb is community services coordinator at Seymour Library in Auburn. For more information, visit seymourlibrary.org or call (315) 252-2571.


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