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Summer vacation and your local library

  • Smiling story time attendees Lydia and Owen Martineau step up to have their reading logs stamped and to check out more books for the Summer Reading Program at the Carnegie Library. Contributed photo

For the Recorder
Published: 7/11/2019 8:31:52 AM

Looking for fun things for your family to do over summer vacation? Your local libraries can help. Through the Massachusetts Library System, the Montague Public Libraries are members of the Collaborative Summer Library Program. This year’s theme is outer-space related, “A Universe of Stories.” 

Children who read during the summer can avoid losing up to two months of learning by the time they go back to school, a concept known as the “summer slide.” Summer Reading Programs help to prevent this loss of skills. Fun and educational events provide free entertainment for youth and families throughout the summer while also potentially generating interest in the library and books, for reluctant readers. Many area libraries provide Summer Reading Programs under the same theme with variations on how you can participate. Here is how it works for youth at the Montague Public Libraries:

To sign up, visit any one of the three library branches: Carnegie Library in Turners (201 Avenue A, 413-863-3214), Montague Center Library (17 Center St., 413-367-2852) or Millers Falls Library (23 Bridge St., 413-659-3801). Add your name and age to the sign-up sheet. Anyone 17 years of age and younger may participate in “A Universe of Stories.” You only have to sign up once.

After signing up, you’ll get a bag. Inside each bag is a reading log, bookmark, and papers that contain information anf dates about upcoming programs.

Once you have read books this summer from any of the Montague Public Libraries, or are read to, you can fill in a bingo star and/or write down the titles down on the back of your reading log. There is no set number of books you must read. When you visit the library, bring your reading log with you, and you can choose a prize. You can select one prize a week. 

Adult Summer Reading Program at the Montague Public Libraries: For every book you read, you get a raffle ticket toward various prizes. Raffle prizes include gift certificates to Greenfield Farmers Cooperative Exchange, Diemand Farm and local maple syrup. More prizes will be added.

Upcoming events at the Montague Public Libraries

Family Movies at Carnegie Library: Families are invited to come and watch an outer-space-related movie on Mondays, July 15, 20 and 29 at the Carnegie Library. Snacks will be served.

Legos at the Library: Tuesdays, July 16, 23, 30. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carnegie Library. Come build and play with library Lego pieces. Designed for all ages.

Dino Adventures: presented by Animal Adventures: Fossils plus live animals such as monitor lizards, alligators, scorpions, birds, & snapping turtles. Friday, July 12 11 a.m. at the Carnegie Library.

Book-to-Movie Viewing and Discussion for Youth: Saturday, July 20 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Carnegie Library. Join us for a Traprock program, hosted by the Youth Advisory Committee. The event includes first reading an excerpt of the book Wonder by R. J. Palacio. The movie Wonder will be shown, followed by the discussion. Designed for ages 10-15. Refreshments will be served.

Puppet Show — No Strings Marionettes presents “Nick of Time”: Friday, Aug 2 10:30 a.m. at Peskeomskut Park, weather permitting. Bring a blanket to sit on. The show will be held inside the Carnegie Library if the weather is unpleasant. 

Other local upcoming events

Sunderland Riverside Park Grand Opening Celebration: Saturday, July 13, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Outdoor Concert with The Nields at 6:30 p.m.

Music and Movement for Babies and Children with OWL Music: Fridays July 12  to Aug. 2 at Sunderland Library, 10 a.m.

Turners Falls Summer Park Series: Friday, July 12: Movies in the Park, Peskeomskut Park, 6 to 9:30 p.m. A free evening of family activities including crafts, food,  Live music and outdoor movies. Bring a folding chair Band: Immortal Jellyfish. 

Book Making for Adults: Friday, July 26. Sunderland Library, 5 to 7 p.m. Registration required.

River Valley Ice Cream Ride: Saturday, July 27, Unity Park, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Turners Falls. River's Edge Cycling hosts a cycling fundraiser for RiverCulture and other local non-profits. Three routes plus ice cream, entertainment, activities and lunch.

Night Skate: Saturday, July 27, Unity Skate Park, 5 to 10 p.m., Turners Falls. Music, food, late night skateboarding under lights.

Johnny Peers and the Muttsville Comix: A Comedy Dog Show: Monday, July 29 at Sunderland Library, 6 p.m.

Christmas in July: Saturday, July 27 at Unity Park in Turners Falls, 9 to 10 p.m. Boat regatta and fireworks on Barton Cove. Sponsored by The Franklin Boat Club.

In celebration of our Summer Reading theme, the Northfield Drive-in will be showing two classic space movies, E.T. and Apollo 13, on Thursday, July 18. Tickets will be pre-sold at a discount price to anyone who holds an active library card from any library at Cushman Library in Bernardston, Dickinson Memorial Library in Northfield, Arms Library in Shelburne Falls, Jones Library in Amherst, Warwick Free Public Library, Agawam Public Library, and the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield. Patrons from all libraries are welcome!

A Universe of Stories is sponsored by Montague Public Libraries, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Turners Falls Summer Park Series is Presented By RiverCulture, Montague Parks and Recreation, Friends of Sheffield, Montague Public Libraries, The Great Falls Discovery Center with Support from The Town of Montague and the Mass Cultural Council.

Angela Rovatti-Leonard is children's librarian at Montague Public Libraries. She can be reached at or by calling 413-863-3214 ext. 102.


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