Little Explorers

June 18th-August 3rd
We are very excited to introduce our new summer reading program for early learners:  Little Explorers. Little Explorers have an opportunity to read their way through the wilderness, earning stamps in their explorer log for every reading achievement.  At the end of their journey, Little Explorers will receive a certificate of their accomplishments, a book to keep, and a plush llama to take on their next reading adventure.  There will also be opportunities for our earliest learners to explore art, music, and science at library programs designed just for them!   Little Explorers is free and open to the public.

Storytime at Starin Park

Wednesdays 10:00 a.m.
Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes! The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library will be hosting family storytimes at Starin Park.  This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
June 13th
June 20th
June 27th
July 11th
July 18th
July 25th
August 1st

Drive-In Storytime

Monday, July 16th 9:30 a.m.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a . . .cardboard box?  Children ages 2-5 are invited to see how far their imaginations will take them at this unique twist on storytime.  Boxes and art supplies will be provided for participants to create a vehicle of their choice. Afterwards we will enjoy a story or two with Miss Deana.  No registration for this program is required, but supplies are first come, first serve.

Mud Party

Monday, July 30th 9:30 a.m.

A mess in the name of science! Come play with mud in our outdoor STEM program. We will explore with dinos, plants, water and more! Prepared to get messy, so please dress accordingly! All ages are welcome and no registration is required.

Protect Kids Online Podcast
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Libraries Rock! Children's Program

June 18th-August 3rd
Ages 6-11 years

Books, movies, and music, oh my!  The library has it all! If you are looking for free fun this summer, join the Libraries Rock! children’s program at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library.  For every reading milestone you reach, you can earn passes for summer adventures or supplies for a successful school year.  Readers who complete their summer goal earn a grand prize! But wait, there’s more! There are lots of free events to attend including a party with Pete the Cat, a Royal Ball, and an interactive hand drumming program.  Libraries Rock! Begins on June 18th.  This program is free and open to the public.

Recycled Instruments

Monday, June 25th 4:30 p.m.

Let’s make some noise!  Use everyday objects to make guitars, drums, shakers and more! Recycled materials will be provided on a first come first served basis. All ages are welcome and no registration is required.

Pete the Cat Party

Monday, July 9th 4:30 p.m.

Nobody knows how to have a groovier time than Pete the Cat!  Join us for an hour of Pete-related crafts, activities, and of course-stories!  All ages are welcome and no registration is required.

Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular Comedy Show

Thursday, July 12th 4:00 p.m.

Take a dash of science, a blob of humor, throw in a hillbilly, and what do you get? You get the explosive good time of the Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular Comedy Show! Witness the crazy antics of Dr. Cletus Beaker, MD as he puts a unique twist on the world of science and experiments. Using his high level of intellect and scientific training skills, watch as this back-woods boy demonstrates his entries for the next upcoming science fair at his local elementary school (he's determined not to get beaten by the 4th graders again)! Crowds will laugh, learn, and have a rootin tootin good old time as you learn a brand new meaning to the old term: “Weird Science!”

Royal Ball

Monday, July 23rd 4:00 p.m.

Here ye! Here ye! All Princes and Princesses of the land are invited to our Royal Ball. Enjoy decadent treats, amusing crafts, dancing and real princesses! All ages are welcome and no registration is required.

Rhythm for Unity

Thursday, July 26th 4:00 p.m.

“Creating rhythm together helps build and celebrate community (and it's fun!)  Hand drumming is an ancient practice now available to groups of all ages and abilities.”
-Rhythm for Unity website.

Participants of all ages are invited to join us for this fun and interactive music program.  No registration is required.

Harry Potter Birthday Extravaganza

Potions Class
Monday, July 30th 4:30 p.m.

We will teach you how to brew fame, bottle glory and make some really cool slime! Stop on in a learn with Professor Claire how to make slime that sparkles or glows. All ages welcome, no registration is required but supplies are first come first serve.

Harry Potter Birthday Party
Tuesday, July 31st 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Happee Birthdae, Harry!  Celebrate the birthday of the Boy Who Lived with Harry Potter crafts, games, and other activities.  Wear your favorite Harry Potter costume for a chance to win a prize. All ages are welcome and no registration is required.

Friday, August 3rd 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Come make the perfect wand for you! The library’s community room will be open so stop on by anytime between 1 and 4 pm to make your very own wand. We will have all the supplies, you just need to bring yourself.

1000 Books before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a free program offered by the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library that invites caregivers and children to share books every day.  Research shows that the more children are read to before entering school the more ready they are to learn once they get there.  Not only will reading to your child every day help them learn but it provides you with a fun, free activity that the entire family can enjoy. 

If you have a child between the ages of birth to five years and would like to participate, please register at the circulation desk during regular library hours. Participants receive a sticker for every level they complete.  In addition, they receive a library bag when they reach the 500 book milestone and a forever book upon completion of the program.