Imagine Your Story this Summer!


Summer reading fun beings Wednesday, July 8, at the library.  We’ve designed reading packets for three age groups to keep you reading throughout the summer. Each packet contains everything you’ll need to get started-  a chart and sticker sheet to help you keep track of your reading, instruction sheet, a list of recommended books, bookmarks, coloring sheet and ideas for activities that you can do at home. Each week there’ll be a new activity idea for you to pickup at the library.*

Ages 0 – 4  FOLKLORE CAMP  is about celebrating folklore. You’ll receive a new folktale each week and corresponding activities that you can do at home.

Ages 5 – 8  KNIGHT AND PRINCESS TRAINING is about celebrating fairy tales. Each week pickup a new kit with a fairy tale and related activity.

Ages 9 – 12 CAMP HALF-BLOOD is named after the camp in the Lightning Thief series, which is a camp for kids who are half human, half Greek God. Our Camp Half-Blood is about celebrating myths.

Read to Feed – Support the Raynham Food Basket

For every hour you read, we’ll donate a quarter to the Raynham Food Basket to help feed families in our community.  For the first time, parents and children are able to report the minutes they and their family members spend reading using our new summer reading website, Beanstack. As a thank you, everyone who reads 10 hours will get a tasty treat from Moooberry Frozen Yogurt!

You can keep a record of the books you read this summer with Beanstack. It’s a web and mobile application used to track independent reading time. Beanstack allows you to:

  • Keep track of all family members’ reading logs, progress, and rewards on one account.
  • Log reading from home or on the go.
  • Earn badges for each reading level.
  • Receive weekly book recommendations.
  • Read and write book reviews of the books you read.
  • Explore book lists and create a “wish list” of things you’d like to read in the future.

Image Your Story with Theater Arts Class

The Theater Arts Class for Kids is designed to engage kids in 2nd through 4th grade. Using theater games, warm up activities, and acting lessons, the kids will have fun from home learning with friends from their own community. In our online weekly meetings, students will learn to build a virtual show from the inside out by asking the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of a character, and learn to seek out the truest expression and life of that person. In our acting classes/drama lessons, students use their imagination to ground themselves in character, expand their senses while using the space, and dig deep into the circumstances that the character must live.

This class will be taught and managed by Rita Roy. Mrs. Roy has been a performer herself since she was in 2nd grade. As an adult, she has worked for the stage in and around Boston. She will be facilitating this class over Google Classroom and inviting each of you to come together weekly to share her passion for storytelling and drama! Classes will be held live using Google Meet on Wednesdays at 1pm starting July 8th. The last and final meeting will be on August 12th where we will be recording our final performance into a video we can share with friends and family. Registration required.

You’ll also find activities and ideas online on our Facebook Page, Raynham Public Library Children’s Room. Like the page to receive updates on what we’re doing!

We hope that you will join us in staying engaged with reading and learning this summer while also staying safe. If you have questions call 508-823-1344, or email, jmckinney@sailsinc.org.

*The library is currently closed. We hope to reopen on Wednesday, July 8.