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June 12th - August 12th

This year's Summer Reading Program features over 120 sessions of continued, new, and special event programs 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 register, click here or call us at 724-763-3591.
Please see program descriptions below for more information.*

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Summer Reading
At Ford City Public Library

2022 Summer Reading Challenge

June 12th marks the official start date of our 2022 Summer Reading Program along with the start of our Summer Reading Challenge! Through August 12th, log your time spent reading.  At the end of the summer, turn in your log sheets to the library and the patrons who have read the most will win the challenge and receive a prize:

Children 0-5

  • "Oceans of Possibilities" T-Shirt
    and Drawstring Bag

  • Two Passes to Keystone Safari or Living Treasures Animal Park

  • "Coral" the Sea Turtle Tracking Bracelet from myFahlo/The Sea Turtle Conservancy

  • and More!

Children 6-11

  • "Oceans of Possibilities" T-Shirt
    and Drawstring Bag

  • Two Passes to Keystone Safari or Living Treasures Animal Park

  • "Anchor" the Hammerhead Shark Tracking Bracelet from myFahlo/Saving The Blue

  • and More!

 

Teens

  • "Oceans of Possibilities" Drawstring Bag

  • Ford City Public Library T-Shirt

  • Two Passes to Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium,

  • "Kara" the Polar Bear Tracking Bracelet from myFahlo/Polar Bears International

  • and More!

Adults

  • "Oceans of Possibilities" Canvas Tote Bag

  • Ford City Public Library T-Shirt

  • Gift Certificate for Two Tickets to the Armstrong County Gateway Clipper Sightseeing Cruise (10/1/22)

  • "Elal" the Penguin Tracking Bracelet from myFahlo/The Global Penguin Society

  • and More!

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2022 Summer Writing Challenge

Oceans of Possibilities: Our Greatest Adventures
Between June 12th and August 12th, stop into the library for a Summer Writing Challenge sheet to write about your greatest adventure!  Whether it was a trip to the beach, the time you went skydiving, or a memorable hike through the woods - write about it!  All ages are welcome to enter!  Each submission will be entered for a chance to win one of two prizes:

 

  • $50 Gift Certificate + Free Hair Cut from Rae of Color Salon
    and "PopTart" the Sea Turtle Tracking Bracelet from myFahlo/The Sea Turtle Conservancy

     

  • Two Free Hair Cuts from Bennett's Ladies &Gents Salon
    and "Eddie" the Hammerhead Shark Tracking Bracelet from myFahlo/Saving the Blue

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Summer Reading Programs for

All Ages

SUMMER BEACH PARTY

Friday 6/17 @1-4pm

Join us at Crooked Creek Lake Beach for a Summer Reading Beach Party!  Open to all ages, we will have storytime, treasure hunts, games, activities, free refreshments, a visit from the Armstrong County Conservation District (featuring Myrtle the Turtle!), and more!  


FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

Wednesday 6/29 @6pm: Journey to the Center of the Earth

Wednesday 7/27 @6pm: Water Horse, Legends of the Deep

We'll be hosting two Oceans of Possibilities-themed family movie nights in the library this summer, complete with free refreshments!  Open to all ages, the programming area (rear) of FCPL will be made into our very own movie theater.  Come cool off and hang out!

COLORING CLUB

Every Friday @2pm

Who says coloring is just for kids?!  Stop by on Friday afternoons for Coloring Club - we supply everything you need for an hour of cool and relaxing coloring!
 

FEATURED MAKERSPACE
Tuesday 6/7 @6pm: Water Bottle Fireflies
Tuesday 6/21 @6pm: Book Art Beach
Tuesday 7/19 @6pm: Sink or Float Boats
Tuesday 8/2 @6pm: Sea Creatures
Tuesday 8/16 @6pm: Pool Noodle Marble Run

The FCPL Makerspace area is free and open to the public!  On these dates, a specific makerspace project will be featured.  Feel free to come yourself, with a friend, or your family and try out one of these activities!


FCPL IN THE PARK

Every Tuesday & Thursday @11am-1pm starting 6/7

Library staff & volunteers will be hosting an activity table on Tuesdays & Thursdays throughout the summer alongside Ford City Borough's Summer Feeding Program.  Stop by for a fun activity, giveaways, and to learn more about the library!

LEGENDS AT THE LIBRARY
Thursday 6/2 @6pm:

Local Heritage Roundtable: Ukraine & Eastern Europe

The library will be hosting a local heritage roundtable for community members to come discuss and share their Ukrainian and Eastern European heritage, traditions, and family stories.


Thursday 8/4 @6pm:

Genealogy Across Oceans featuring Marilyn Holt

from the Western PA Genealogical Society

*Registration Encouraged*

To register, click here or contact the library.

Looking to connect with your ancestors this summer?  Join this special Legends at the Library program, featuring Marilyn Holt from the Western PA Genealogical Society, as she presents how to get started tracing your roots from overseas and shares some tips and tricks of the trade.

Summer Reading Programs for

Children

BABY BOOKWORMS (AGES 0-2)
Saturday 6/4 @10am: Painting With Water
Saturday 8/6 @10am: Water Sponges

Special water themed sensory activities will be available for little ones and their parents/caregivers to play and explore!

SUMMER STORYTIME (AGES 3+)
*Registration Encouraged*

To register, click here or contact the library.
Every Wednesday @11:30am
6/15: Follow the Moon Home (in the library)

6/22: Commotion in the Ocean (in the park)

6/29: Seashore Sounds (in the library)

7/6: My Pet Goldfish (in the park)

7/13: 1,2,3... By The Sea (in the library)

7/20: Yoga Animals at the Seashore (in the park)

7/27: Secrets of the Seashore (in the library)
8/3: Move that Mountain (in the park)

8/10: The Magic Word (in the park)


STORY NIGHT (AGES 3+)

*Registration Encouraged*

To register, click here or contact the library.
Thursday 6/9 @7pm: Peek Inside a Coral Reef
Thursday 7/14 @7pm: Steve, Terror of the Seas
Thursday 8/11 @7pm: Oceans-Shine a Light


FULL STEAM AHEAD (AGES 3+)

*Registration Encouraged*

To register, click here or contact the library.
Thursday 6/30 @4pm: H2O on the GO

featuring the Armstrong County Conservation District
Saturday 7/16 @2pm: Exploring the Ocean

featuring Dr. Steve Hovan, IUP Interim Dean

and Professor of Oceanography
Friday 8/12 @12pm: Ocean Conservation


DROP-IN BOARD GAME NIGHT (AGES 3+)
Wednesday 6/1, 6/15, 7/6, 7/20, 8/3, & 8/17 @4pm


KIDS HISTORY CORNER (AGES 6+)

*Registration Encouraged*

To register, click here or contact the library.
Thursday 6/23 @7pm: Vikings
Thursday 7/28 @7pm: Ocean Explorers
Thursday 8/25 @7pm: World Wonders


AMERICAN GIRL BOOK CLUB (AGES 8+)
*Registration Required*

To register, click here or contact the library.
Friday 6/24 @1pm: Lea Dives In
Friday 7/8 @1pm: Meet Caroline
Friday 7/22 @1pm: Meet Kirsten

 

Summer Reading Programs for

Teens

MANGA MEET UP (AGES 12+)
Every Tuesday @1pm

Held by teens for teens, Manga Meet Up is a weekly book club for manga and other young adult literature.  Drop in as you can, or contact the library to reserve your copy of the current book.

TEEN ART HOUR (AGES 12+)

Every Thursday @1pm

Held by teens for teens, Teen Art Hour is a casual drop-in timeslot for meeting up with friends and creating something new.  Art supplies are always available.

 

Summer Reading Programs for

Adults

WALKING CLUB

Every Monday @7pm

Meet in front of the library; the group will depart at 7:10pm!  In the event of poor weather conditions, walking club will be cancelled.

HISTORICAL BOOK CLUB

Thursday 7/7 @6pm: The Miracle of Dunkirk

ADULT BOOK CLUB

Tuesday 6/14 @6pm: People We Meet on Vacation

Tuesday 7/12 @6pm: Malibu Rising

Tuesday 8/9 @6pm: The Unsinkable Greta James

Contact the library to join and reserve your copy!

DIY THURSDAY

*Registration Required*

To register, click here or contact the library.

Thursday 6/16 @6pm: Sand Art Centerpiece

Thursday 7/21 @6pm: Sea Shell Fish Magnets

Thursday 8/18 @6pm: Sunflower Book Page Wreath

 
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