Thursday, June 30, 2011

Summer Art Camps

A series of Summer Art Camps for children going into grades 6 to 8 have been scheduled on Wednesdays, July 13, 20, 27, and August 3,from 9:30 - 11:30 at the Canal Street Studio, 200 Canal Street, Fort Plain in cooperation with the Fort Plain Free Library. Each week, a different painting technique will be Illustrated including Adire Eleso which simulates tie dyeing on July 13 with King Lion's Gift; Japanese brush painting or calligraphy on July 20 with The Spider Weaver; hieroglyphics on July 27 with Tutankhamen's Gift; and beadwork on August 3 with Tremolo ~ The Mohawk Creation Story. Participants are encouraged to sign up for all, some, or one of the sessions.
Register for the basic Summer Reading Program online at for your chance to win a collection of age appropriate free books. Funding for this program was made possible, in part, with a contribution from the Montgomery County Youth Bureau.                    

Thursday, June 9, 2011

One World, Many Stories

This summer you and your children are invited to explore the theme One World, Many Stories duringthe Fort Plain Free Library'sSummer Reading Program that will run from June 19 through August 20. The Summer Reading Program will help to keep children reading during vacation by offering free activity sessions that will include stories, crafts, and special presentations for children of all ages. This year, basic record keeping will be done exclusively online either from your home computer or from the library. All ages, pre-school through adult, are encouraged to take advantage of this method of recording books read and even of posting a short review to share particular favorites with others. The online reading tracker at be available June 19, and anyone who registers will be entered into a drawing to win an age appropriate collection of books at the close of the program.

We are particularly excited to once again partner with the Youth Recreation Summer Program to offer this opportunity to their participants. On Friday, July 8, the Summer Reading Program will kick-off with a performance of One World, Many Stories with musician Cathy McGrath, at 2:00, at the Fort Plain High Schoolfor all attending the Youth Recreation Program. Families from the community are, of course, welcome to join us. Beginning on Wednesday, July 13, and continuing through August 10, children who have completed kindergarten, grades 1 and grades 2will be bused from Youth Rec to the library to share in the Summer Reading Program's weekly activity session featuring stories, crafts, and book selection. Children will be able to borrow books, and parents are encouraged to help their youngsters keep track of their selections and bring them to the program on Wednesdays so that they are returned to the library each week. In addition, a series of Summer Art Camps for children going into grades 6 to 8have been scheduled on Wednesdays, July 13, 20, 27, and August 3,from9:30 - 11:30. Watch the papers for specifics of these and other exciting offerings.

Should you have any questions about any aspect of the Summer Reading Program, please stop in at the Fort Plain Free Library or call 993-4646 during regular library hours.