Summer Reading 2022

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DIVE INTO SUMMER READING AT THE LIBRARY IN THE FOREST!


Click HERE to download the Summer Reading Event Calendar or pick one up at the Library in the Forest!

Additional information, including online location and registration requirements, is also available in the event description on the Library in the Forest event calendar.

Register online for Summer Reading 2022!


> Adults
> Children
> Tweens
> Teens
> Makerspace
> Technology

ADULTS

Register for Summer Reading online at vestavialibrary.readsquared.com or at the Adult Services Desk and start logging those books for weekly prize drawings and a chance to win the Grand Prize … a $150 gift card!

June
1: Adult Summer Reading Begins!

1: Handmade with Holly: Sensational Sun Catchers, 11am, Community Room. Summer is the perfect time for this cute and eye-catching craft! All materials provided. Registration required – holly.parker@vestavialibrary.org or 205.978.4674.
2: Read & Feed Book Group: “These Precious Days” by Ann Patchett, 6pm, Historical Room. Join us after hours for lively discussions of great books. Refreshments served.
6: Step in Line! Line Dancing for Beginners, 6:30pm, Community Room. Kick and stomp your way into pure fun with this four-week series.
9: Beginner Yoga with Kathy, 1pm, Community Room. Learn the basics of yoga with this weekly series. Some mats are supplied but feel free to bring your own!
10: Craft*Lab: Summer Cocktail Glasses, 7pm, Community Room. Create festive party glasses and raise a toast to summer! All materials provided; snacks and prizes. Registration required – 205.978.4678 or terri.leslie@vestavialibrary.org.
13: Step in Line! Line Dancing for Beginners, 6:30pm, Community Room. Kick and stomp your way into pure fun with this four-week series.
15: Afternoon at the Movies, 2:30pm, Community Room. Take a time-out and beat the heat with a movie, drinks and popcorn. Title TBA.
16: Beginner Yoga with Kathy, 1pm, Community Room. Learn the basics of yoga with this weekly series. Some mats are supplied but feel free to bring your own!
19: Father’s Day
20: Step in Line! Line Dancing for Beginners, 6:30pm, Community Room. Kick and stomp your way into pure fun with this four-week series.
23: Beginner Yoga with Kathy, 1pm, Community Room. Learn the basics of yoga with this weekly series. Some mats are supplied but feel free to bring your own!
27: Step in Line! Line Dancing for Beginners, 6:30pm, Community Room. Kick and stomp your way into pure fun with this four-week series.
30: Beginner Yoga with Kathy, 1pm, Community Room. Learn the basics of yoga with this weekly series. Some mats are supplied but feel free to bring your own!

July
3 & 4: Closed, Independence Day

6: Handmade with Holly: Starry Night Lanterns, 11am, Community Room. Create fun summer-themed lanterns perfect for warm summer evenings! All materials provided. Registration required – holly.parker@vestavialibrary.org or 205.978.4674.
7: Read & Feed Book Group: “The Maid” by Nita Prose, 6pm, Historical Room. Join us after hours for lively discussions of great books. Refreshments served.
11: Bookmaking Camp with Darla, 6pm, Community Room. Learn to make beautiful, hand-made books. Registration required for this three-week course – terri.leslie@vestavialibrary.org or 205.978.4678. (Registration closes after the first week.)
13: Picture This: Cyanotype Photography, 11am, Community Room. Create one-of-a-kind prints using a photographic printing process that produces gorgeous blueprints using coated paper and sunlight! Registration required – holly.parker@vestavialibrary.org or 205.978.4674.
15: Craft*Lab: Stamped Kitchen Towels, 7pm, Community Room. Fresh, summery and oh so cute! All materials provided; snacks and prizes. Registration required – 205.978.4678 or terri.leslie@vestavialibrary.org.
28: Summer Finale: Book Nerd Social, 6:30pm, Community Room. Calling all book lovers! Join us after hours to celebrate all literary things and meet like-minded bibliophiles. Music, book games, trivia, food and prizes! Registration required – terri.leslie@vestavialibrary.org or 205.978.4678.

CHILDREN

Register for Summer Reading online at vestavialibrary.readsquared.com. There are two ways to win prizes this year: visit the library to play the weekly game or earn points online to spend on prizes in the online store!

June
1: Story Friends, 10:30am, Children’s Program Room.*
2: Hip-Hop Choreographer: Winston Strickland, 10:30am, Community Room & 3:30pm, Splash Pad Pavilion at SHAC. Winston Strickland of Mad Skillz Dance Co. teaches the latest hip-hop moves! All ages.
7: Toddler-a-Go-Go, 9:30am & 10:30am, Community Room.*
8: Story Friends, 10:30am, Children’s Program Room.*
9: That Puppet Guy, 10:30am & 3:30pm, Community Room. Puppetreer Lee Bryan will bring his hilarious puppet show, Circus Fanta-Sea. Two performances; all ages.
11: Ms. Courtney’s Library Stop!, 10:30am, Community Room.*
14: Toddler-a-Go-Go, 9:30am & 10:30am, Community Room.*
15: Story Friends, 10:30am, Children’s Program Room.*
16: The Science Guys – Nashville, 10:30am & 3:30pm, Community Room. Mr. Bond’s Science Guys bring fun experiments and activities to tickle your brain matter! Grades K+.
18: Father/Daughter Tea, 11am, Community Room. This special time for dads and their daughters always fills up fast, so register today – 205.978.0158. All ages.
19: Father’s Day
21: Toddler-a-Go-Go, 9:30am & 10:30am, Community Room.*
22: Story Friends, 10:30am, Children’s Program Room.*
23: Didgeridoo Down Under, 10:30am Community Room & 3:30pm, Splash Pad Pavilion at SHAC. Enjoy a concert featuring the didgeridoo – one of Australia’s native musical instruments. All ages.
25: Ms. Courtney’s Library Stop!, 10:30am, Community Room.*
28: Toddler-a-Go-Go, 9:30am & 10:30am, Community Room.*
29: Story Friends, 10:30am, Children’s Program Room.*
30: Lew-E’s Comedy Show, 10:30am & 3:30pm, Community Room. Lew-E will keep us “swimming” in hilarity. All ages.

July
2: Ms. Courtney’s Library Stop!, 10:30am, Community Room.*
3 & 4: Closed, Independence Day
5: Toddler-a-Go-Go, 9:30am & 10:30am, Community Room.*
6: Story Friends, 10:30am, Children’s Program Room.*
7: Barry Mitchell’s Deep-Sea Circus, 10:30am, Community Room & 3:30p, Splash Pad Pavilion at SHAC. Swim right up! The Deep-Sea Circus is about to begin. Sam, the ocean’s funniest sea turtle, delivers the laughs while Barry runs the show! All ages.
12: Toddler-a-Go-Go, 9:30am & 10:30am, Community Room.*
13: Story Friends, 10:30am, Children’s Program Room.*
14: Sean Driscoll and the Story Ship, 10:30am & 3:30pm, Community Room. Play along as The Story Ship presents “Pirate Goodie and the Magic Chest.” Use your treasure map to help the pirate locate his treasure. All ages.
16: Ms. Courtney’s Library Stop!, 10:30am, Community Room.*
19: Toddler-a-Go-Go, 9:30am & 10:30am, Community Room.*
20: Story Friends, 10:30am, Children’s Program Room.*
21: Magician Larry Darnell, 10:30am & 3:30pm, Community Room. Everybody loves a good magic show and Mr. Larry is one of the best! Be amazed at all the zany fun! All ages.
30: Ms. Courtney’s Library Stop!, 10:30am, Community Room.*

*Ms. Courtney’s Library Stop! Stop by the library every first and third Saturday to see Ms. Courtney for storytime fun for all ages.
*Story Friends. Ms. Lisa brings stories, music, movement and fun for all her preschool friends!
*Toddler-a-Go-Go. Singing, dancing and moving, with stories thrown in, makes this one of your favorite weekly activities for toddlers on the go! Reservations preferred. Ages 18-36 mos.

TWEENS

Register for Summer Reading online at vestavialibrary.readsquared.com. There are two ways to win prizes this year: visit the library to play the weekly game or earn points online to spend on prizes in the online store!

June
7: Summer Tweens: Nailed It/Failed It DIY Ocean Snack, 2pm, Community Room. Make a beach scene cupcake, then compete for prizes in the Ocean Trivia challenge! All materials provided. Grades 2-6.
14: Summer Tweens: Yasu Ishida, 2pm, Community Room. Yasu Ishida will enchant you with his origami storytelling while showing you how to use the ancient art of paper folding to create your own paper beauties. All materials provided. Grades 2-6.
19: Father’s Day
21: Summer Tweens: Cartoonist Joe Wos, 2pm, Community Room. Get a cartoon drawing lesson from a real pro! All materials provided. Grades 2-6.
28: Summer Tweens: World Games Celebration, 2pm, Community Room. The library is hosting its own CRAZY version of the World Games! Earn points in different events and see if you can get on the awards podium! All materials provided. Grades 2-6.

July
3 & 4: Closed, Independence Day
5: Summer Tweens: McWane Center Ocean Odyssey, 2pm, Community Room. Join us for fun demonstrations to learn about the mysterious ocean! All materials provided. Grades 2-6.
12: Summer Tweens: Shark Week!, 2pm, Community Room. Get in shark mode, compete in some fin-tastic games and trivia, and make your own shark tooth necklace! All materials provided. Grades 2-6.
19: Summer Tweens: All Things SpongeBob®, 2pm, Community Room. Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Enjoy SpongeBob® games and activities. All materials provided. Grades 2-6.
26: Summer Tweens: Dynamic Educational Adventures Liquid Lab, 2pm, Community Room. Dynamic Educational Adventures brings A Liquid Lab with all kinds of messy experiments. All materials provided. Grades 2-6.

TEENS

Register for Summer Reading online at vestavialibrary.readsquared.com and start logging those books!

June
1: Writing Group, 4pm, Historical Room. Build writing skills while providing feedback to one another. Snacks served.
2: Chess Club, 4pm, Historical Room. Learn to play or challenge other chess veterans! Students only, no adults.
3: Open Gaming, 4pm, Community Room. Awesome board games and the latest consoles with fellow teens and snacks!
4: ACT Workshop, 9am-1pm, Community Room. Amy Henson covers how the exam works, gives tips on navigating it and shares resources to improve your score at this FREE ACT workshop! Registration required – 205.978.3683. Grades 10-12.
6: Track Lab, 2pm, Historical Room. In this four-week workshop, teens will learn the core principles of making electronic music as they build their own unique tracks with GarageBand. Space is limited and requires a four-week commitment. Registration required – 205.978.3683.
7: Summer Reading Kickoff – Teens: The Weird Games, 5:30pm, Amphitheater.
8: Art Group, 4pm, Treehouse. Like drawing, sketching or doodling? Share your artistic talents with other teens! Snacks served.
10: Open Gaming, 4pm, Community Room. Awesome board games and the latest consoles with fellow teens and snacks!
13: Track Lab, 2pm, Historical Room. In this four-week workshop, teens will learn the core principles of making electronic music as they build their own unique tracks with GarageBand. Space is limited and requires a four-week commitment. Registration required – 205.978.3683.
14: Harry Potter: Dumbledore’s Army, 5:30pm, Community Room. Join Dumbledore’s Army with other teens and fight against the tyranny of Umbridge through a series of magical events that will separate the muggles from the wizards! Magical snacks served.
15: D&D Miniature Painting, 4pm, Makerspace. Paint D&D figurines to use during campaigns at the library. Paint and monsters provided. Snacks served.
17: Open Gaming, 4pm, Community Room. Awesome board games and the latest consoles with fellow teens and snacks!
18: Dungeons & Dragons: One-Shot, 2pm, Historical Room. Dive into a “one-shot” of this classic tabletop RPG with other teens! Beginners welcome! Snacks served. Registration required – 205.978.3683.
19: Father’s Day
20: Track Lab, 2pm, Historical Room. In this four-week workshop, teens will learn the core principles of making electronic music as they build their own unique tracks with GarageBand. Space is limited and requires a four-week commitment. Registration required – 205.978.3683.
21: Acrylic Academy, 5:30pm, Makerspace. Create an incredible fantasy landscape with acrylic paints through our easy-to-follow painting instructions. Supplies and food provided.
22: Escapageddon, 4pm, Community Room. The ultimate Breakout test awaits you! The harder the escape room you solve, the better the prize. Choose wisely! Snacks served.
24: Super Smash Bros Tournament, 4pm, Community Room. Dominate the competition and fight to win an Amazon gift card! Snacks served.
27: Track Lab, 2pm, Historical Room. In this four-week workshop, teens will learn the core principles of making electronic music as they build their own unique tracks with GarageBand. Space is limited and requires a four-week commitment. Registration required – 205.978.3683.
28: Pancake Painting, 5:30pm, Community Room. Combine your creativity with your sweet tooth and fashion pancake art. Compete to see who the flapjack master is!
29: Anime Club, 4pm, Historical Room. Watch anime, discuss manga and play games with other connoisseurs of the animated arts! Snacks served.

July
1: Open Gaming, 4pm, Community Room. Awesome board games and the latest consoles with fellow teens and snacks!
3 & 4: Closed, Independence Day
5: Marvel Celebration, 5:30pm, Makerspace. Are you worthy of lifting Mjolnir? Celebrate the release of the next Thor movie through our events and tasks that show who the Marvel savant is! Snacks served.
6: Writing Group, 4pm, Historical Room. Build writing skills while providing feedback to one another. Snacks served.
7: Chess Club, 4pm, Historical Room. Learn to play or challenge other chess veterans! Students only, no adults.
8: Open Gaming, 4pm, Community Room. Awesome board games and the latest consoles with fellow teens and snacks!
12: Silent Library, 5:30pm, Community Room. Shhh … Can you stay quiet while completing noisy quests and tasks? Or will old librarian Derek hear you and shame you into compliance? Compete and see who wins our literary prize. Pizza served.
13: Art Group, 4pm, Treehouse. Like drawing, sketching or doodling? Share your artistic talents with other teens! Snacks served.
15: Open Gaming, 4pm, Community Room. Awesome board games and the latest consoles with fellow teens and snacks!
16: Dungeons & Dragons: One-Shot, 2pm, Historical Room. Dive into a “one-shot” of this classic tabletop RPG with other teens! Beginners welcome! Snacks served. Registration required – 205.978.3683.
19: Henna Art, 5:30pm, Treehouse. Learn from a professional artist how to apply a Henna design to your skin! Registration required – 205.978.3683. Pizza served.
20: Taste Bud Challenge, 4pm, Community Room. Can you taste the difference between your favorite name brand versus generic brand foods and beverages?
22: Open Gaming, 4pm, Community Room. Awesome board games and the latest consoles with fellow teens and snacks!
26: Zombie Scavenger Hunt X, 5:30pm, Community Room. Can you survive a zombie apocalypse? You will need quick wits as you race other contestants and search for the survival items hidden around the library. Pizza served. Door prizes!
27: Teen Family Feud, 4pm, Community Room. Assemble a team to see who knows the most about the Feud! Snacks served.
29: Mario Kart 8 Tournament, 4pm, Community Room. Dominate the competition and fight to win an Amazon gift card! Snacks served.

MAKERSPACE

Register for Summer Reading online at vestavialibrary.readsquared.com and start logging those books!

June
6: Intro to 3D Printing, 4:30pm, Makerspace. Learn how 3D printers work and the basics of finding and preparing models to print.
9: Open Maker Lab, 2-6pm, Makerspace.3D printing, vinyl cutting or a personal art project – you can MAKE it at the Library!
14: Teardown Tuesday, 4:30pm, Makerspace. Tear down small appliances and electronic devices in our “Breaker Space” – see what makes them tick, learn about their components and harvest parts. Ages 10+.
16: Open Maker Lab, 2-6pm, Makerspace.3D printing, vinyl cutting or a personal art project – you can MAKE it at the Library!
19: Father’s Day
20: Coding With LEGO® Mindstorms, 4pm, Makerspace. Learn coding fundamentals to build and program a LEGO® Robot in this beginner workshop. Space is limited. Grades 5-8.
23: Open Maker Lab, 2-6pm, Makerspace.3D printing, vinyl cutting or a personal art project – you can MAKE it at the Library!
28: Soldering 101, 4:30pm, Makerspace. Get hands-on and learn about the tools and techniques used to solder and desolder electronic components on circuit boards.
30: Open Maker Lab, 2-6pm, Makerspace.3D printing, vinyl cutting or a personal art project – you can MAKE it at the Library!

July
3 & 4: Closed, Independence Day
7: Open Maker Lab, 2-6pm, Makerspace.3D printing, vinyl cutting or a personal art project – you can MAKE it at the Library!
11: Heat Press Workshop, 4:30pm, Makerspace. Learn to apply vinyl designs to apparel. Participants receive an iron-on Library in the Forest logo.
12: Teardown Tuesday, 4:30pm, Makerspace. Tear down small appliances and electronic devices in our “Breaker Space” – see what makes them tick, learn about their components and harvest parts. Ages 10+.
14: Open Maker Lab, 2-6pm, Makerspace.3D printing, vinyl cutting or a personal art project – you can MAKE it at the Library!
18: Intro to 3D Printing, 4:30pm, Makerspace. Learn how 3D printers work and the basics of finding and preparing models to print.
21: Open Maker Lab, 2-6pm, Makerspace.3D printing, vinyl cutting or a personal art project – you can MAKE it at the Library!
26: 3D Modeling with Tinkercad, 4:30pm, Makerspace.Learn the essentials of creating 3D models with Tinkercad.com, a free-to-use 3D modeling platform. Bring a laptop from home to follow along.
28: Open Maker Lab, 2-6pm, Makerspace.3D printing, vinyl cutting or a personal art project – you can MAKE it at the Library!

TECHNOLOGY

Register for Summer Reading online at vestavialibrary.readsquared.com and start logging those books! Registration required for all Technology programming – vestavialibrary.org/tech or 205.978.4679. 

June
1: Organizing Computer Files, 4pm, Electronic Classroom. Learn basic computer skills and discover how to make, find, move and delete folders and files. Ability to use a keyboard and mouse required.
2: Intermediate Microsoft Word, 10:30am, Electronic Classroom. Learn to edit images, use mail merge and more. Prior Word use required.
6: Intermediate Microsoft Excel Part I, 5pm, Electronic Classroom. Explore ways to enhance Excel spreadsheets. Prior Excel use required.
7: GIMP: The Free Photoshop, 4pm, Electronic Classroom. Work with layers to add a personalized watermark to a photo, move a person from one photo to another and more!
19: Father’s Day

July
3 & 4: Closed, Independence Day
12: Google Drive, 4pm, Electronic Classroom. Learn to back up files using Google Drive, the cloud-based file storage and synchronization service. Also learn to create and share Google docs, slides and sheets. Participants must have a Gmail account and know their password.
18: Intermediate Microsoft Excel Part II, 5pm, Electronic Classroom. Build on what was taught in Intermediate Excel Part I and continue to explore ways to enhance Excel spreadsheets. Prior Excel use required.
21: Facebook Basics, 10:30am, Electronic Classroom. Learn to use this popular social networking site. Participants must have a Facebook account and know their password.
27: Q&A: All Things Apple, 4pm, Electronic Classroom. No formal lesson planned, so bring your questions about your Apple device – iPhone, iPad, MacBook, etc.