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FREE: Cool Fun This Summer at Rosenberg Library

Rosenberg Library is located Downtown at 2310 Sealy St., Downtown Galveston. For more info call (409)763-8854 or go to rosenberg-library.org. All events are free and open to the public.

Children

Mondays, June 3rd-August 19th (11am-12pm): Paws to Read – Beginning readers practice his/her skills while sharing stories with Oliver, the book-loving dog. He’s friendly, kind and non-judgmental. Each reader gets an individual session with the therapy dog who is accompanied by a handler. Register at the children’s reference desk.

Saturday, June 6th, August 3rd (10am): Saturday Storytimes – This fun time is all about your favorite books, shared aloud in the Children’s Department on the first Saturday of every month.

Mondays, June 3rd-August 19th (5-7pm): Drop in Chess for Kids – Chess novices are invited to come learn the game and chess masters are challenged to test their skills at this weekly program featuring the classic game of kings and queens.

Thursday, June 6th (2:30pm): No Bones About It – Dancers perform seemingly super-human leaps and bend as we ask, “how do they do that?” Soul Street exhibits ways in which the body accomplishes these feats – through combinations of bone, muscle, and commands from the brain. Demonstrating with props and dance segments, Soul Street shows how our bodies move. This is a Young Audiences of Houston program.

Friday, June 7th (10:30am-12:30pm): Drop-In Baby Play Date – New parents, we welcome you to the early literacy world! We feel passionately about babies and respect how much they learn those first years. Come show off your baby, learn some early literacy tips, get an introduction to children’s literature, and explore some hands-on opportunities for you and your baby. This is a drop-in event.

Tuesday, June 11th (2:30-5:30pm): Drop-In Games – Drop-in to the Children’s Department to play with games of all kinds such as Clue, Monopoly, Apples to Apples, Quelf Jr., Connect Four, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Lego Creationary, Twister, Operation, and more.

Wednesday, June 12th (10am): All Aboard the Reading Train – This is a playful program featuring singing, storytelling, movement, and more planned to promote early literacy development and to encourage one-on-one interaction between children and their caregivers.

Thursday, June 13th (7pm): Family Tech Time: Stop Motion Animation – Have you ever wanted to bring your art to life? If so, then make sure to be here when The Edge of Imagination Station comes to town for this Family Fun Night. Using supplies like paper, markers, clay, and 3D objects, you can share something from your “Universe of Stories.” Space travel, moon landings, planetary explorations, and aliens are just the beginning of what is possible!

Friday, June 14th (10am, 11:30am, 2pm, or 3:30pm): Stop Motion Animation Workshop – Have you ever wanted to bring your art to life? If so, then make sure to be here when The Edge of Imagination Station comes to town. Using supplies like paper, markers, clay, and 3D objects you can share something from your “Universe of Stories.” Space travel, moon landings, planetary explorations, and aliens are just the beginning of what is possible. Bring a friend, bring your ideas, and let’s have some fun. This is recommended for ages 8 and up. The films will be compiled and shared on YouTube and the library’s website. Sessions sizes limited.

Saturday, June 15th (4pm): REPCO Wildlife Encounters: Animals in Space – REPCO (Research Education Propagation Conservation Outreach) brings animals that have been to space or have been involved in studies about space. More info is at repcowildlife.com.

Monday, June 17th (2:30pm): Magic Show with John O’Bryant – Abracadabra! Don’t miss this afternoon’s family-friendly magic show featuring special guest magician John O’Bryant.

Monday, June 17th (3:30pm): Hands-on Magic Workshop with John O’Bryant – Presto! Young aspiring magicians will learn some of the tricks of the trade in this special workshop with guest magician John O’Bryant. Registration is required at Rosenberg-library.org > Events Calendar. Participants must be between the ages of 7-12.

Monday, June 17th (7pm): Magic Show with John O’Bryant – Alakazam! Don’t miss this evening’s family-friendly magic show featuring special guest magician John O’Bryant.

Tuesday, June 18th (2:30-5:30pm): Drop-In Art Studio – Drop-in to the Children’s Department to create and take home your very own work of art.

Wednesday, June 19th (10am): Water & Chalk Play at the Pavilion – Storytime goes outside! We’ll share some stories and songs and outdoor play. Wear a bathing suit or clothes to get wet in, plus cool off and create original chalk drawings outside. The Pavilion is located on the south side of the Library.

Tuesday, June 25th (2:30-5:30pm): Drop-In Write Stuff – Young writers can drop-in to the Children’s Department to practice their craft and leave with your very own written creation.

Tuesday, June 25th (4pm): DJ Dance Party: Happy Birthday, Henry Rosenberg – Come celebrate Henry Rosenberg’s 195th Birthday with the Limbo, Chicken Dance, party food and more.

Wednesday, June 26th (10am): One Trip Around the Sun: A Happy Birthday Storytime – This is a playful program featuring singing, storytelling, movement, and more planned to promote early literacy development and to encourage one-on-one interaction between children and their caregivers. Come early to get a good seat!

Friday, June 28th (2:30pm): Take Me to Your Readers – Julian Franklin presents an engaging program about using creativity, artistic talents, and intelligence to solve everyday problems. The show involves maker space concepts, robot, puppets, magic tricks, and books. Great family fun!

Monday, July 1st (2:30pm): Hampstead Stage Co. presents “The Jungle Book” – Hampstead Stage Company of New Hampshire is back with a wild and wonderful live action theater production. You do not want to miss this showcase of “The Jungle Book!”

Tuesdays, July 2nd-July 30th (10am): Baby Time – Have fun bonding with the baby in your life while we share music, fingerplays, simple stories, puppets, and early literacy tips. This is recommended for 0-18 months.

Tuesday, July 2nd (2:30-5:30pm): Drop-In Paper Airplanes – Drop-in to the Children’s Department to learn how to build the current world record flying paper airplane.

Wednesday, July 3rd (10am & 2:30pm): Dance of the Insects – The study of entomology is so much fun when dancers convey the characteristics of insects through choreography with music, costuming, and audience participation. Accompanied by the clever poetry of Paul Fleishman, these professional dancers demonstrate through movement a caterpillar’s metamorphosis and the social behavior of bees. Other dances include the Busy Ant, Firefly, Phantom the Flying Cockroach, and Two Too Many Ladybugs. This is a Young Audiences of Houston performance.

Friday, July 5th (2:30pm): Wild Things Zoofari – Get wild in the library! Come check out exotic animals and learn about cool creatures from around the world with Wild Things Zoofari.

Mondays, July 8th, 15th, July 22nd, 29th, August 5th, 12th (2:30pm): Book Club – Sign up for the Book Club! Rosenberg invites rising 3rd-7th graders as they highlight great reads through activities, crafts, reading, games, and more. Each registration signs a reader up for two sessions. In the first, they will feature several books and give away a free copy of a book, which they will discuss in session two. Read the book that week, and the following Monday, you will dive deep into that book in fun ways. Registration is required for each pair of sessions and space is limited. Participants must be rising 3rd-7th graders.

Teens

Every Mondays, June 3rd-August 19th (2-5pm): Teen Gaming, Board Games – This will be games with cooperative, strategic fun – as well as Mario Kart and Smash Bros. on the Wii U.

Every Wednesday, June 5th-August 21st (2-5 pm): Teen Tabletop RPG – Play a pen-and-paper RPG like Dungeons and Dragons! Space is limited, but come enjoy the story even if you can’t play.

Friday, June 7th (2-4pm): Movie Night – Showing will be “Ender’s Game” (PG-13). Come for the popcorn and soda, stay for the movie!

Friday, June 14th, July 12th, August 9th (2-4pm): Anime Club – Anime, Pocky, soda, and tons of art supplies to draw your own manga!

Friday, June 21st (2-5pm): Mario Kart 8 Tournament – Do you have what it takes to win our Mario Kart tournament? Face your foes in our double elimination bracket style tournament and compete for a prize! July 26th, there will be a Smash Bros. Tournament.

Friday, June 28th, July 19th (2-4pm): Fandom Debate Club – By popular request, come debate with other teens about which fandom is better from a variety of subjects. Harry Potter vs. Percy Jackson; Star Wars vs. Star Trek; Playstation vs. Xbox. Which is better? Come get some snacks, a soda, and discuss!

July 5th (2-5pm): Stranger Things Escape Room – Come find your way out with clues and more.

Adults

Through August 16th – Rosenberg Library Adult Summer Reading Program – Register via Beanstack on a computer, mobile device, or at the Reference Desk (second floor) and get a free summer reading book bag! Log your time online, and attend programs to earn prize scratch tickets and raffle tickets! Read and log 50 hours and earn a classy Henry Rosenberg coffee mug!

June 4th (4-5:30pm): Coastal Crafts – Cleopatra’s Bracelet with artist Annette Kinslow – Experience the fun, along with local artist Annette Kinslow, in making beautiful bead and wire wrap bracelets! They are a great handmade gift for yourself or another. As always, it is all free, but places are limited. Register at the reference desk (second floor) or call 409-763-8854, extension 115! Refreshments will be served.

June 8th (12:30-4pm): Author Whitney Vandiver -The author of an upcoming Galveston-set book, Vandiver will be joined by another speaker on the subject of the Great Storm and life in 1900 Galveston.

June 13th, 27th (6:30-8:30pm): Adult Board Game Night – Come to try out a new-to-you board game like Pandemic, Catan, and more. Don’t worry, they will teach you the rules.

Thursday, June 13th, 27th (6:15-7:30pm): Learn to Code: Adult Basic Programming Class – Learn to program with JavaScript and p5.js, a software sketchbook for the web! Each workshop will introduce a core concept in programming and digital design. Work sessions will provide opportunities to get help and feedback from fellow lifelong learners.

June 18th (6-7pm): Adult Book Club – The book under discussion this month will be “At the Wolf’s Table” by Rosella Postarino. Come enjoy some tasty refreshments and delve into our months title. Tell us what you liked, and didn’t like, and make suggestions for our August book club choice.

June 20th (6:30-8pm): Adult Trivia Night – Put together a team of two or more and come to enjoy this night. No team? Meet new teammates here.

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