Summer Reading has begun at the Waverly Free Library with our first big community event taking place this afternoon!

Stop That Game Truck! will be parked at the library from 1-6 p.m. Games will be available for all ages. While you’re here, stop in and sign up for our Summer Reading Program…the theme is A Universe of Stories, and the program runs through Aug. 15. Signup cards are available now, along with reading logs and calendars of events. Next week’s event will be the return of the Physics Bus at Muldoon Park.

This morning’s Story Time theme is the Ocean. Story Time will begin at 10:15 a.m. with crafts, with songs and stories to follow. Story Time is sponsored by Sayre Personal Care Center and is led by Becky Keir Grace. Next week’s theme is Space!

The first workshop for our program participants will be this Thursday as a presentation on Dinosaur Science by staff from the Museum of the Earth starts at 2:30 p.m. Next week will be a presentation by Tanglewood Nature Center.

Other community events include old favorites the Ithaca Physics Bus, Moreland the Magician, Captain Jack Sparrow and, of course, Dan the Snake Man.

We are pleased to host a special event on Wednesday, July 31, with a performance by a woodwind quintet from the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, which will play “Peter and the Wolf” and explain its instruments to the kids in attendance.

The program, which will start at 6:30 p.m., is made possible in part with support from the NYSCA Decentralization Funded Community Arts Grant through the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and support from the Upstate Coalition for a Fairgame Arts Grant.

Presenters for the Thursday sessions include Tanglewood Nature Center, Kopernick Observatory and Science Center, Museum of the Earth and others. Schedules and event flyers are available at the library.

The next Kids’ Maker event will be Tuesday, July 23, from 5-7 p.m. The evening’s crafts will be Rocket Wind Socks and Aliens, both using craft rolls. Please arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. to leave time to complete the craft.

The library is pleased to play host to the Family Resource Center each Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Joan Shultz at (607) 687-4020, ext. 302, or via e-mail at jes49@cornell.edu.

Forms are now available for the Waverly Hometown Heroes banner program. Applications and payment can be returned to the library; all other information can be found on the forms. Applications will be received until July 31.

The Waverly Free Library is located at 18 Elizabeth St., Waverly. You can reach us at (607) 565-9341. Regular hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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