Celebrate an amazing summer with the Chain Reaction Teen Lock-In on August 1st from 7:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M.
Watch the worldwide phenomenon movie Divergent (before its DVD release date!) and hang out with author Marissa Meyer (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress) in a virtual visit. You’ll also embrace your creative foodie side with candy sushi and a Chopped! Challenge based on the hit Food Network series. Other activities include DIY crafting, an online gaming party featuring The End, movies, and games. You definitely don’t want to miss out on the non-stop fun and excitement happening all night long. Make sure to bring pillows, blankets, and appropriate, comfortable pajamas too! Permission forms can be obtained at the Circulation Desk or downloaded from the Lock-In page under the Teens tab, and they must be signed and returned prior to the lock-in.
How much time does a soccer goalie have to react to a penalty kick? Using a scale, determine which of nine identical-looking balls weights more. Can you determine which one weighs more in 4, 3, or 2 attempts? What was Hadrian's Wall and who did it keep out? How many attempts will it take you to turn on all the lights?
These are just some of the things are Summer Online Academy (SOA) kids are investigating and learning here at the library or online at home! As part of our Stop Summer Loss! program the SOA kids, over the past month, have mastered roughly 46 subjects, earned 39 badges, and amassed just over 125,000 points! The topics being practiced range from 1st grade math to Algebra, Roman history to Mozart and computer programing!
It is not too late to join the fun! The month of August is a great time to refresh last year's learning or jump start your child's readiness for the upcoming year! To learn more or register email us at StopSummerLoss@MercerAreaLibrary.org, come by the library and pick up a registration form, or download a form right here.
Join in on the Fun!! Sign-up for our Summer Reading Programs!
Mercer Area Library has, once again, planned a wide variety of educational, entertaining and fun programs to help you fill your summer days. Summer is one of the busiest times around the Library and everyone is invited to join our summer reading programs for children, teens and adults. Read for fun all summer and enter our drawings for some amazing prizes. Summer is a great time to read for pleasure or pick up that book you have been meaning to read and the Library’s programs and events are there to help you enjoy the upcoming relaxing days. This year’s children’s program “Fizz, Boom, Read!” the teen program “Spark a Reaction,” and the adult program “Literary Elements,” will run from June 10 until August 12. Signups for all programs begin June 3rd and continue throughout the summer. Details about each individual program can be found under the "Events" tab at the top of this page or click here.
Calling All Toddlers & Preschoolers! Come to our Weekly Play Time!
Beginning Wednesday, June 11th, from 10:00 to 12:00, the library will provide a weekly playtime, where toddlers and preschoolers can listen to music, play with toys, and interact with others in the neighborhood. We will put out toys for the children to play with while the adults also play & chat. Parents or caregivers are free to bring snacks and drinks for the children to enjoy, as well as toys for the children to play with. We will happily accept donations of additional age-appropriate toys to add to our current collection.
“Play is the foundation for all learning for young children, and giving your child the time and a few basic toys can provide her with a variety of valuable learning opportunities. Play is how children begin to understand and process their world. Children's play unlocks their creativity and imagination, and develops reading, thinking, and problem solving skills as well as further develops motor skills. It provides the base foundation for learning.” Taken from: http://www.education.com/magazine/article/play-preschool-matters/
GRAB A CUP OF COFFEE OR TEA THE NEXT TIME YOU ARE IN THE LIBRARY!
We now have a Keurig coffee maker set up so that you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while you are spending time in the library. There is a $.75 charge per cup, to cover the cost of the supplies and enable us to provide this service. Over the next few weeks we will be adding to our beverage selection. We are open to your suggestions and want to hear about your favorite flavors.
***You can now join our Friends group online Just go to the "Friends of the Library" tab on the navigation bar, select "Become a Member," and fill out the online form. To learn more about the Friends group and the many ways they help and support the library, click the "Friends of the Library" tab on the navigation bar.
Get ebooks for free! Those of you with iPods, smartphones, Kindles, Nooks, or other digital devices now have the opportunity to borrow digital content from the library for free! With your library card you have access to ebooks, audiobooks, and music with the click of a button. Check out our digital library using the Overdrive button on the right-hand side of this page. Remember, we are always here to help you to use the library's resources. If you would like one-on-one personal assistance in using our digital materials, feel free to come into the library with your ereader and we will gladly answer your questions.