July/August What's On - Kids & Families


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July/August What's On - Kids & Families

  1. 1. What's your spark? Where's your inspiration? Find it at our TD Summer Reading Club. Pick up your FREE kit at any branch on Friday, June 27 and start your summer reading adventure! Join other "makers and shakers" to invent, create, hack, tinker and innovate. With books and stories and ideas as your inspiration, you can try and fail and fly and fall and fly again. This summer, it's all about connectivity and creativity, so bring yourself, your family, your friends and spark something great! book reporting Have you been reading? Make some noise and let us know! Track the titles of the books you read in your complimentary TD Summer Reading Club notebook. Did you love it? Did you hate it? Would you read it again? Every time you record six books, report to your local library branch to receive a prize, get your name on the Wall of Fame and be entered into a draw for great prizes! Once you have read 24 books you will qualify for our Library Champion lawn sign – showing the world what great literary achievements you’ve made this summer! When your notebook is full come into any of our branches to receive a new sheet and continue working towards winning more great prizes. Last day to report and claim prizes is Aug. 23. July/August 2014 Follow Us Short Story Contest Celebrate the upcoming Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games in this year's Short Story Contest. Young writers are invited to submit their works based on sports and athletics. Begin your story with: "After practising my favourite sport for years, the big moment was finally here - the opening day of Toronto's Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. I was ready to compete!" Categories include: JK - Grade 3 Grades 4 - 6 Grades 7 - 8 Winners will be chosen from each category, plus a Best of Contest! The Best of Contest winning story will be published in the Ajax News Advertiser, and the winning stories from all categories will be published on durhamregion.com, the newspaper's online edition. For complete contest rules, pick up your guide at any branch beginning June 27 or visit www.ajaxlibrary.ca. Submission deadline: Aug. 23 Scientists in Summer Join Scientists in School for their award- winning, hands-on, discovery-based programs that will spark your child's interest in science and the world around them. With programs at each of our three branches about planets, bugs, nature, chemistry and more, there is sure to be something that piques your child's interest. Detailed program information can be found on our website. Space is limited. Registration required.
  2. 2. Please note: Our movie titles may change at any time. For the most up-to-date information, please visit www.ajaxlibrary.ca or call any of our branches. Register online at www.ajaxlibrary.ca/events or by phone 905-683-4000 ext. 8811 beginning June 30. NOTE: Registration begins each Monday at 10 a.m. for the following Friday’s movie. All movies are at the Main Branch at 10:30 a.m. July 4 Tangled Rated G July 11 How to Train Your Dragon Rated PG July 18 Planes Rated G July 25 Rio Rated G Aug. 1 Wall-E Rated G Aug. 8 TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) Rated PG Aug. 15 Muppets Most Wanted Rated G Aug. 22 Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy Rated G Aug. 29 Walking with Dinosaurs Rated PG friday films & freezies Junior Reading Club July 2 - Aug. 20 at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays  McLean Branch Wednesdays  Main Branch Kids age 4 to 6 are welcome to drop-in on our Junior Reading Club. We encourage your sense of imagination and wonder with a blend of exciting stories, games, crafts and much more! Space for all movies is limited to 125. Join us for two special screenings of hit family films en français! Whether your child speaks French at home or studies French at school, this is a fun way to spend these two Saturday mornings together. Movies will be screened in French with English subtitles. See above for registration details. All movies are at the Main Branch at 10:30 a.m. July 5 Le film Lego (The LEGO Movie) Rated G Aug. 9 La Reine des neiges (Frozen) Rated G french family films Family Reading Club June 30 - Aug. 21 Mondays  6:45 p.m.  Main Branch Thursdays 1:30 p.m. ARC The whole family is welcome at this weekly drop-in program with stories, crafts and more! special events at main branch: Teddy Bear Sleepover Monday, July 7 – 6:45 - 7:45 p.m. Enjoy storytime with your favourite stuffy. Then he/she will stay for a sleepover adventure! Return to the Library anytime after 10 a.m. on July 9 to pick up your well rested stuffed animal and a keepsake album with photographs. Knight & Princess Tea Party Monday, Aug. 11 – 6:45 - 7:45 p.m. Join Prince Charming for a magical family evening of fairytale fun, make-believe magic, lemonade and cookies. Don’t forget to dress up in your most royal attire! Pirates and other scallywags are also welcome. Registration required for these two events - www.ajaxlibrary.ca/events or 905-683-4000 ext. 8811.
  3. 3. storytime Friday, July 11 & Friday, Aug. 8 11 a.m. –noon Village Branch Pull over for the sirens at the Village branch as we display the vehicles from the Town’s Fire and Operations Departments and the Durham police! Get an up close look and chat with fire fighters and police officers. Enjoy a BBQ with M&M Meat Shops who will serve up hot dogs ($2.75), hamburgers ($3) and free peach drinks. Drop-in program. May be cancelled due to inclement weather. Phone the branch if in doubt. truck day books for babies - Birth to 2 years old Tuesday 10:30 a.m.  Main Branch Enjoy songs, poems and finger plays and simple books with your baby. Moms and Dads are welcome to stay and chat at the end of storytime. tales for toddlers - 2 to 3 years old Monday 10:30 a.m.  Main Branch Toddlers will enjoy simple stories, felt boards and action rhymes. We can also help you choose books to take home and share with your little one. Early literacy begins with you. Help your child get ready to read with simple activities every day. Summer Storytime runs from June 30 to Aug. 20. storytime Wednesday 10:30 a.m.  McLean Branch lego afternoons Wednesdays  July 2 - Aug. 27 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Main Branch Drop in and create with LEGO. Each week we will explore a different theme to spark your creativity. Ages 4 and up. reading buddies reading buddies July 2 - Aug. 20 Wednesdays  2 – 3 p.m. McLean Branch Avoid summer ‘Brain Drain’ during this hour of reading with your teen buddy! Offered in both English and French, sample iPad and eReader titles are available, as well as a great variety of paperbacks and graphic novels, and crafts and activities to stimulate creative minds and encourage social interactions. Don’t forget your library card to continue your literacy adventures at home! Drop-in program. Tamil Reading Circle Saturday, July 12 Saturday, Aug. 9 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. McLean Branch Join instructors from Academic and Fine Arts of Durham for an hour of storytelling and books shared in both Tamil and English. Practice your Tamil speaking skills to win prizes. Enjoy fun educational activities including crafts, games, dance and music with a cultural twist. Family drop-in program for children ages 2 and up. Parental participation is encouraged.
  4. 4. Main Branch - Tuesdays  10:30 a.m. July 8 - Up, Up and Away* Discover the principles of air pressure and how it affects the world around you. The Mad Scientist will make a hot air balloon out of a dry cleaning bag, create giant smoke rings, a Dinosaur Sneeze, demonstrate how pressure can be used to create special effects in the movies and much more! July 15 - Garden Warriors Create colourful garden ornaments to sparkle and save your gardens from unwanted visitors. All ornaments are made with recycled materials. July 22 - Mini Golf Course Design Build your own wacky and wild mini golf hole using recycled materials and then tee up to test all the other designers’ holes. If possible, please bring an old plastic container (margarine, ice cream, etc.) and a putter. Fore! July 29 - Sock Puppets Bring your imagination AND one of your own socks to create a “sock puppet” who will go on to become a character in a puppet show! Aug. 5 - Build a Board Game Unleash your inner Milton Bradley and create your own board game complete with action cards, game pieces and more. Build a life-size board game where YOU will be the game piece. Do not pass Go – head straight to this program! Aug. 12 - Ajax Acting* Be the star of the show as you learn acting skills with Christine from Ajax Acting. Space limited to 50. Aug. 19 - Plastic Bonanza Plastic bottles have endless possibilities to reinvent themselves. Join us to find out how. Hours & Locations McLean Branch  (905) 428-8489 95 Magill Drive Mon & Fri 1 – 9 p.m. Tue –Thu 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun Closed Village Branch  (905) 683-1140 58 Church St. North Mon –Thu 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. Fri –Sat 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sun Closed Main Branch  (905) 683-4000 55 Harwood Ave. South Mon – Thu 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fri – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun Closed senior reading club Follow Us AjaxPublicLibrary @ajax_library Ajax Public Library Ajax Library www.ajaxlibrary.ca McLean Branch - Thursdays  10:30 a.m. kick off event at 1:30 p.m.! July 3 - Rapunzel Untangled Enjoy a theatrical experience as Big Kid Entertainment adds a twist to the well-known Rapunzel story in an interactive performance. July 10 - More Than Basket Weaving From prehistoric times and in all countries of the world, people have used weaving to make useful things. Make your own creations by weaving with wool and paper. July 17 - Great Thinkers Celebrate your great mind, other great minds and discoveries in this program. Make a flying butterfly. Brush up on inventions and who created them. Be prepared to act out! July 24 - Suncatchers Harness the sun's rays and design your very own suncatcher. July 31 - Robo Friends Talk like a robot, dance like a robot and make your own Robo friend to take home. Aug. 7 - Dream a Little Dream What lulls you to sleep? What dreams do you dream? Create a beautiful dream catcher and explore your dreams. Aug. 14 - Beach Party! Flip flops, Beach Blanket Bingo, and fish crafts. Join Library staff for beach activities to celebrate summer. Aug. 21 - Cardboard Mania Not a box! Once you add your imagination you will turn the ordinary into monsters and more. Textnet  (866) 460-4489 All branches are closed July 1 & Aug. 4 Eureka! Bring your creativity and sense of discovery to the Library this summer and join the Senior Reading Club for kids age 7 to 12. Each week we will explore different topics and allow hands on time for your own creations. Space is limited by room capacity. Free tickets will be distributed 30 minutes prior to program start. *Registration required.