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Summer Reading
At Ford City Public Library

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June 6th through August 1st

This year's Summer Reading Program features over 65 individual program sessions, including amped-up regular programs, new summer-only programs, and special events at Ford City Public Library! We offer programs for all ages throughout the week, on evenings, and Saturdays.  We hope to see you in the library this summer!

*Some of our programs have required or encouraged registration. 

To view our registration calendar, click here or call us at 724-763-3591.
Please see program descriptions below for more information.*

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2024 Summer Reading Challenge

Register on Beanstack to log your reading online OR register at the library and log your reading on paper. Log all your reading between June 6th and July 31st. (Be sure to grab a Summer Reading Passport from the library for all things SRP and to learn how to earn “extra” books toward your reading log!)  The top 3 readers per age group will be announced on August 1st and can choose from our grand prizes!

All other reading challenge participants will be awarded with a randomized prize bag!

*Prizes must be picked up by August 31!

Grand Prizes

3 Grand Prizes will be Awarded per Age Group:

Early Readers (Ages 0-5)  |  Elementary (Ages 6-11)  |  Teen (Ages 12-17)  |  Adult (Ages 18+)

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  • Children's Museum passes, Floor is Lava board game, Paint-Your-Own Butterfly kit

  • Splash Lagoon day passes, Monopoly Discover board game, Create-Your-Own Summer Character kit

  • Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium passes, Wild Kratts board game, Paint-Your-Own Butterfly kit

  • 3-Ring Pool & Hydro Swirl Spinning Sprinkler, $10 Speedy’s Tasty Treats gift certificate, Paint-Your-Own Mini Fishing kit

  • DelGrosso’s Park passes, Wild Kratts board game, Create-Your-Own Keychain kit

  • Fun Fore All passes, Bounce-Off Pop-Out game, Create-Your-Own Keychain kit

  • Two kids’ hammock chairs, $10 Speedy’s Tasty Treats gift certificate, Create-Your-Own Summer Character kit

  • Altitude Trampoline Park – Butler passes, Hot Dog pool float, Taco Bell pool float

  • Heinz History Center passes, Meeper Bot & Tin Can Robot kits, Mind-Blowing Science kit

  • ASCEND Rock Climbing passes, Zebra pool float, Popsicle pool float

  • Segway Pittsburgh passes, $10 Sheetz gift cards

  • Pop-up tent, Two cloth hammocks, $5 Speedy’s Tasty Treats gift certificate

  • $40 T&J Floral gift certificate, $20 Valley Dairy gift certificate

  • Pitt Football passes, $10 Sheetz gift cards

2024 Summer Reading Sponsors

A HUGE THANK YOU to this year's Sponsors!

Altitude Trampoline Park

ASCEND Rock Climbing

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

City Theatre Company

DelGrosso's Amusement Park

Fun Fore All

Heinz History Center

Janny's Hallmark

Klingensmith's Drug Stores

Penn Brewery

Pitt Football

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium

Ryan Bowser State Farm

Segway Pittsburgh
Speedy's Tasty Treats

Splash Lagoon

T&J Floral

Valley Dairy

Watt Insurance Agency

CHAPTER SPONSORS ($100+)

Armstrong Associates Federal Credit Union

Armstrong County Building and Loan Association

Bradigan's Inc.

Benko Orthodontics

Chambers Jewelers

Ford City Area Business & Professional Association

Gross Embroidery

Projectile Tube Cleaning

Sheetz

NOVEL SPONSORS ($250+)

Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #606

Polish Falcons Nest #159

TOP SHELF SPONSORS ($500+)

ASHE Printing

Lenape PTO

A special thank you to

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Summer Reading Programs for

All Ages

Maker Night: Recycled Jar Lanterns

Tuesday June 4 @6pm

Get creative and make your own summer lantern from recycled materials! All supplies included free of charge and will be available for the remainder of the month, while supplies last!  No registration required.

Legends at the Library presents Christine O'Toole

Thursday June 6 @6pm

Join Pittsburgh-based travel writer Christine O’Toole as she discusses her travels far and wide, from local stories in her book Pennsylvania Off the Beaten Path, to tales to her travels in Morocco, Bordeaux, Bangkok, and beyond. Registration is required.  Click here to register online or call the library at 724-763-3591.

Touch-a-Truck Exploration Event

Saturday June 15 @11am to 1pm

Learn about the adventurous things our community helpers and their specialty vehicles do!  Featuring Ford City Fire Department, Ford City Ambulance, Southern Armstrong Regional Police Department, Manor Township Police Department, Lenape Garden Center, PennDot, Mike's Towing, and more! No registration required.

 

Maker Night: Patriotic Windsocks

Tuesday July 2 @6pm
Get creative and make your own patriotic windsocks! All supplies included free of charge and will be available for the remainder of the month, while supplies last!  No registration required.

The McCarney Minstrels Irish/Americana Irish Duo

at Ford City's Celebration in the Park

Saturday July 6 @TBD

Join us for good food, music, and fun! FCPL is featuring the McCarney Minstrels fiddle & guitar duo, who will take the stage at a time to be determined. Stop by the library’s booth for homemade pie, free crafts for kids, & more!

Legends at the Library presents a Look into the Nationality Rooms

Thursday August 1 @6pm

Visit the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh  and learn about their history without taking the drive! Registration required.  Click here to register online or call the library at 724-763-3591.

Summer Reading Programs for

Children

Littles Lapsit (Ages 0-2)

Every Friday @11:30am

Parents with babies & toddlers are invited to join Miss Katie for a simple story, songs, and sensory exploration. During Summer Reading, we’ll be reading from the Little Naturalists Series & the Little Masters Series! Registration recommended for each week; walk-in availability will depend on space & supplies.  Register online at each of the dates below you plan to attend, or call the library at 724-763-3591.

June 7     June 14     June 21     June 28

July 5     July 12     July 19     July 26

Summer Storytime (Ages 3+)

Every Wednesday  @11:30am

Join Miss Katie & special guests to read a story, dance, sing, & create! During Summer Reading, we’ll have special guests and/or activities each week! Registration recommended for each week; walk-in availability will depend on space & supplies.  Register online at each of the dates below you plan to attend, or call the library at 724-763-3591.

June 12: Adventures in Music (AHS Taiko Drummers)

June 19: Adventures at the Lake (Crooked Creek Rangers)

June 26: Adventure with Animals (Oberst's Pets)

July 3: Adventures in Art (Block Printing & Dot Painting)

July 10: Adventures in Our Community (Ford City Lions Club)

July 17: Adventures in the Forest (PA Woodmobile)

July 24: Adventures in Space (Dr. William Armentrout)

July 31: Adventures in Language (This is Our World)

Book Buddies (Ages 3+)

Wednesdays  @2pm

During the summer, children ages 3 and up are invited to pair up with guest readers from our local schools to read together and build early literacy skills. Registration is required for each week. Register online at each of the dates below you plan to attend, or call the library at 724-763-3591.

June 12     June 19     June 26     July 3

July 10     July 17     July 24     July 31

Snack N STEM (Ages 6+)

Tuesdays @2pm

During the summer, children ages 6 and up are invited to explore a different STEM activity each week 
with a themed snack! Registration is required for each week. Register online at each of the dates below you plan to attend, or call the library at 724-763-3591.

June 11: Space Travel     June 18: Stonehenge Challenge

June 25: Elephant Toothpaste     July 2: Fire & Water

July 9: Paper Airplanes     July 16: Cracking Geodes

July 23: Mini Volcanoes     July 30: Leaning Towers

I Survived Book Club (Ages 8+)

Thursdays @2pm

During the summer, children ages 8 and up are invited to experience what it would be like to survive some of the greatest disasters and events throughout history!  We’ll read a new book each week, discuss, and work on a featured activity!  Registration is required for each week. Register online at each of the dates below you plan to attend, or call the library at 724-763-3591.

June 6: Battle of D-Day     June 13: Joplin Tornado

June 20: San Francisco Earthquake     June 27: Attack of the Grizzlies

July 11: Japanese Tsunami     July 18: Shark Attacks of 1916

July 25: California Wildfires     August 1: Wellington Avalanche

Story Night: Carnegie Museum Comes to the Library! (Ages 3+)

Thursday June 13 @6pm

Explore cultures around the world with our friends from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History! The “Mini Museum” will be set up and open to visitors all evening from 4-7pm, and Miss Katie will read a story at 6pm!
Registration is required. Click here to register online or call the library at 724-763-3591.

Story Night at the Outdoor Discovery Center! (Ages 3+)

Thursday July 11 @6pm

Join us at the Outdoor Discovery Center (142 Kerr Road) for a special camping themed story night with Miss Katie & Miss Rachel!  Registration is required. Click here to register online or call the library at 724-763-3591.

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Summer Reading Programs for

Teens

Teen Storyboarding (Ages 12+)

Fridays @1pm

During the summer, teens are invited to learn how to create their own graphic 
novel, comic, or other visual story throughout the summer using specialty software. Write your own story, use your favorite for inspiration, or use one of our prompts, and work as much as you'd like inside the library or at home.  Each week, additional assistance will be available to help you with your design.  Registration is required.
Click here to register online or call the library at 724-763-3591.

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Summer Reading Programs for

Adults

Summer Readers Club

Mondays @3:30pm

Bring your favorite reads to share with others OR bring books you hated - and tell us why!  We’ll focus
on a different genre each week of Summer Reading to help you find your next summer read! No registration required; drop in to chat as you're able!

DIY Thursday: Mountain Thread Art Workshop

Thursday June 20 @6pm

Create your own mountain landscape using thread!  All supplies included free of charge. Registration is required. Click here to register online or call the library at 724-763-3591.

DIY Thursday: Landscape Paintings

Thursday July 18 @6pm

Paint your own masterpiece on pre-printed canvas! All materials supplied free of charge. Registration is required. Click here to register online or call the library at 724-763-3591.

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