Fort Plain Free Library’s ‘Summer Reads’ program set

Participants of the Fort Plain Free Library’s Summer Library Program take part in a wildflower scavenger hunt during the Incredible Amazing Magical Mystery Tour. (Photo submitted)

FORT PLAIN — Fort Plain Free Library will launch its 2019 Summer Library Program, “A Universe of Stories,” on Monday, July 1.

The free multigenerational activities take off Monday with a kick-off party from noon to 2 p.m. Scheduled offerings throughout the month include family-friendly programs for children of all ages — from toddlers to teens — as well as adults.

∫ Each Tuesday starts at 11 a.m. with “Story Time for Children” — a series of interactive, story-based programs with activities, simple crafts and healthy snacks geared for toddlers through second-graders and their parents or adult caregivers. Simultaneously, “Meditation for ‘Tweens and Teens” for 12- to 18-year-olds will take place. Participants will learn breathing techniques, practice mindfulness and learn about different types of meditation.

∫ Also on Tuesdays, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., youths in grades seven through 12 are invited to get on board for “The Innovation Division: The Official Division of Teen Innovation, Recreation and Imagination.” Through this new initiative, participants will engage in art projects, photography, video gaming, homework help, writing and much more.

∫Wednesdays, from July 10 through July 31, the “Summer Writing Club” for 10- to 18-year-olds will spark creativity and foster self-expression through poetry writing, journaling, flash fiction and revision. As noted by instructor Joan Caska, the young wordsmiths will “discover their own ideas and develop their writing voices in a supportive setting.” Each workshop takes place from 2 to 3 :30 p.m.

∫ Thursdays, from July 11 through Aug. 1, children of all ages will go on “discovery tours” as part of the “Incredible Amazing Magical Mystery Tour.” Activities take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and include a scavenger hunt, a treasure map, rock art and more.

∫ Each Friday, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., through the end of July, kids ages 6 to 12 will take part in “Super Hero Training.” Each session will include mind- and body-building exercises, cooperative games, brain teasers and more, designed to foster positive energy, self-esteem and confidence.

Several special stand-alone events have also been planned: On July 24, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, the library will host “Science @ the Library” at the Harry Hoag School. Sponsored by the Mohawk Valley Library System and led by retired General Electric scientists and engineers, the program will include hands-on activities such as the Airzooka, color spinners, a magnet station and more.

Then on Saturday, July 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the library will host a family fun day in Haslett Park with sidewalk chalk art and an obstacle course. A number of other local organizations and businesses are also taking part in this first-ever community event.

Finally, special programs have been planned for adults: On July 15, starting at 6:30 p.m., Fort Plain Museum president and author Norman Bollen will talk about his researched and well-documented book, “George Washington and the Mohawk Frontier.” On July 21, from 3 to 5 p.m., Siena College professor James Belflower will lead a creative writing workshop titled “You are a Character Too”; and on July 24, starting at 6:30 p.m., author Nancy Palker will discuss her memoir, “Magic and Tragic Rosebud”— described as “a riveting account of working as a nurse at the U.S. Public Health Service Indian Hospital in Rosebud, S.D.”

The closing program for kids will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 2. The special summer programs for adults end on Aug. 18, as Belflower presents “The Short Story Writing Workshop,” from 3 to 5 p.m.

For more information, call (518) 993-4646 or visit the library at 19 Willett St. or on Facebook.

By Patricia Older

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