ONEIDA — Oneida Public Library has announced its 2019 Summer Reading Program.
This year’s program kicks off with the Summer Theater Camp, a theater skills workshop designed for youths aged 8 to 14 under the instruction of veteran children’s play director Tom Lemery. Budding actors at the Summer Theater Camp will recreate the classic science fiction radio play “Nightfall.”
The play will have a workshop performance on Friday, July 19 at 5 p.m. The performance is free to attend and open to the public.
The week-long camp runs Monday to Friday, July 15-19 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the library’s meeting room. To enroll, visit the library’s circulation desk.
Teens can express their artistic side in two sessions of an art workshop dealing with “alternate” universes, both interior and exterior, on Tuesday, July 16 and Tuesday, July 30 from noon to 2 p.m.
The art workshop is open to youths aged 13 to 18, giving participants access to the library’s art supplies. The first session will focus on creating a depiction of an “outer space world,” while the second will focus on artistic representations of participants’ inner lives.
The library’s seventh annual Lego robotics workshop will be held from Monday through Friday, July 22-26 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Guided by Ralph Kohler and Tandi Paugh, specialists at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, a limited number of students, who will be entering sixth through 12th grades in the fall, will build mobile robots from Legos, program them to perform specific tasks, and tests them on table-top courses to complete the tasks. AFRL also provides the robotics equipment.
To enroll in the robotics camp, visit the library’s circulation desk.
As a special event, the OPL will host an appearance of members of the Echo Base Patrol of the international volunteer organization Rebel Legion on Saturday, July 20, at 11 a.m. Members of Rebel Legion make special appearances dressed up in the costumes of their favorite Star War characters and reenact their roles for audiences. The program is free and open to all ages.
On Wednesday, July 31, at 6 p.m., the author of the children’s picture book series featuring Mac the Dog, Tamara Cantarano, will visit the OPL to give a special reading of a new book in the series of adventures of Mac the Dog, talk about the creation of the book’s hero and share songs. Cantarano, who lives in Rome, has made frequent appearances in area schools to share her stories and songs and help promote reading. Her OPL program is open to families with children of all ages.
On Tuesdays in August from noon to 2 p.m. (August 6-27), OPL’s Megan Gillander will conduct the Summer Reading Program’s Space Camp in which children 5 to 13 years old will be involved in books, crafts, puzzles and team projects that reflect a “universe of stories.”
Among the activities, participants will create a scale replica of our Solar System, decipher messages from outer space, imagine a new constellation and plan for space travel. Parents need to sign-up their children for Space Camp at the OPL Circulation Desk.
A highlight of the OPL’s summer programming will be a free performance of “Look Up: Tales of the Sky” by the Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre on Wednesday, August 7, at 5 p.m. “Look Up” is a new play by Stephanie Figer that mixes astronomy with comic tales and slapstick. The performance is free and open to all thanks to a gift from the Friends of the Oneida Public Library.
Another special event comes at the tail end of the summer reading program when Jeff the Magic Man returns to the OPL on Friday, August 23, at 1 p.m. Jeff the Magic Man, aka Jeff D’Ambrosio, will demonstrate his magic tricks and his skill at twisting balloons into life-size creations of animals and other objects. The program is free and open to all ages.
That same day, August 23, from noon to 5 p.m., the OPL Friends will be hosting an Usborne Books and More Book Fair. Usborne is a publisher of children’s and young adult books and provides discounted books to libraries that host their fairs.
For more information on the OPL’s Summer Reading Program and to sign up for specific programs, stop by the Oneida Library, 220 Broad St., or call 315-363-3050.