The Bedford Library offers a plethora of summer activities

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By The Bedford Citizen

The Bedford Free Public Library

Beyond books and museum passes (both of which can be researched and reserved online) Bedford’s library offers programs for both adults and kids during July and August.

Reading Programs

Dream Big: READ is the children’s summer reading program, and there’s still time to sign up. Everyone who registers will receive a bingo card. Read a book or come to a library program and mark a square.  Turning in a completed row on the bingo card earns a coupon for a free book from the Friends of the Bedford Library children’s book sale nook! If you complete five rows, you’ll get five coupons and a certificate at the end of the summer. Bingo cards must be turned in to get free book coupons. You may start a new bingo card at any time, but must be turned in by August 29.

There is no structured reading program for adults, but they are invited to share their favorite summer books during an ice cream sundae party sponsored by the Friends of the Library at 2 pm on August 28.

The Cookbook Book Club, which is funded by Friends of the Library, will discuss Salad as a Meal by Patricia Wells during its meeting on July 3 at 7pm in the meeting room. Salads will be sampled and recipes shared

Weekly programs for kids

Summer story times take place on the library lawn from 10:30 to 11 am every Wednesday morning through August 29.

Story and Craft Club members will journey to the four corners of the world with stories and crafts both big and little. The library will provide all the ingredients—kindergartners to 4th graders need only to bring their imaginations. The group will meet on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:15 pm from July 10 to July 31.

The library’s enormous collection of LEGOs will be put to good use during the LEGO Challenge that will meet on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 from July 11 through August 15.  Builders will be challenged by a different theme each week, or will dream up their own creations. Models will remain on display in the library until the next meeting.

Special events

Kids of all ages are invited to build a tiny house for a fairy or elf in the gardens and shrubs outside the Children’s Room. Supplies will be on hand, but builders are encouraged to bring twigs, bark, shells, pebbles, and other house-building things that they would like to use. Construction will take place on Tuesday, July 3, from 3:30 until 5 pm. If it rains, the program will move to Thursday, July 5, from 3 to 5 pm.

Wingmasters, a raptor rescue team, will bring its live wild owls to the Bedford Library to share a world of facts and folklore about these masters of the dark. There will be two shows of The World of Owls, the first one from 4 to 5 pm and the second from 7 to 8 pm on Monday, July 9. The program is suitable for 1st to 6th graders.

There will be music!

Sing Along with Sharon will take place from 7 until 7:45 pm on Tuesday, August 21. Families are invited to join children’s librarian Sharon McDonald in singing familiar world songs, silly songs, movie songs and camp songs.

A family concert featuring the clever repertoire of keyboardist and trumpeter David Polansky will take place from 7 to 8 pm on Monday, August 6.

Percussionist Ricardo Frota and his Rainforest Instruments return to Bedford for an interactive family concert of sound and story from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Wednesday, August 29. Frota creates instruments out of almost anything, and the audience uses them to create their own rhythms.

Thursday evening films

The library’s popular film series will resume on August 2. Click to check the library calendar for details.

In the library gallery

A unique show, 36 Years of Children’s Art: A Teacher’s Collection, goes up in the Bedford Library Gallery on July 9. The show will feature some of the most interesting and memorable artwork produced by Bedford public school students from the collection of Bedford Schools’ art teacher Gillian Frazier, with assistance from the Friends of the Bedford Public Library.