Planning a Staycation? The Library Plans Plenty of Summer Programming for All Ages

By Dot Bergin

LibraryIf a “staycation” is your plan for the summer of ’16, you can rely on the Bedford Free Public Library to provide plenty of options for fun, entertainment, and enlightenment. The Library has a full menu of programs to attract everyone from toddlers to teens to adults.

Director Richard Callaghan outlined some of the summer offerings at the June 14 Trustees’ meeting.

The Children’s Summer Reading Program kicks off on Monday, June 20 with Magic by Scott Jameson; programs are at 4 and 7 pm; alas, registration for this popular show is already closed.  But don’t be discouraged, there are many more exciting events coming up this month and in July and August, until the End of Summer Bash and popsicle party on August 25.

Stories on the Lawn begins on Wednesday, June 22 at 10:30 am; Ready, Set, Dance for preschoolers is on Wednesday, June 29, and Legos with a Twist for Grades K-5 happens on Thursday evening, June 30.  You may sign up for these programs online.

One program to pencil in now: Wingmasters, Tuesday, July 12 from 7 to 8 pm.  A raptor rescue team will bring live wild owls to the Library.  Not to be missed!  For the full calendar of events for children, click here:

The Teen Summer Reading Program – Exercise your Mind. Read!kicks off on Tuesday June 21.  Teens can sign up online to read and submit book reviews and then to be entered into a raffle for weekly prizes and a grand prize at the end of summer.  Hint: grand prizes include custom designed Converse sneakers and gift cards to iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and Michaels.

The Friends of the Library generously provides support for the summer reading programs.

For adults – and everyone – the Library has an Overdrive Media Station, on loan to Bedford until September from the Minuteman Library Network.  This is a large touch screen computer for patrons to download e-books, e-audiobooks, and videos to their own portable devices.  Look for it across from the Reference Desk.

Focus groups will be meeting on June 21 and 28, under the guidance of Library consultant Deb Hoadley to participate in strategic planning for the Library. Participants are from town groups, town residents and town employees.

And coming in early 2017!

A complete redesign of the Library’s website will be underway soon.  Recognizing that more than 50 percent of patrons now search the website on their mobile devices, the Library has engaged a firm to specifically design the website with attention to its accessibility on cell phones, tablets, and other devices. The cost for the web redesign will be underwritten from Library Corporation funds.

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