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Mon.-Th. 9AM-8PM
Fri. 9AM-6PM
Sat. 9AM-2:30PM
Closed Saturdays, from Memorial Day to Labor Day

Programs and Events

FOL Readers' Group Book | Story time Fridays | Summer Reading Program | 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten | LEGO Club

Summer Reading Program

Each summer, the Frances L. Simek Memorial Library, Medford, and the Jean M. Thomson Memorial Library in Stetsonville host the Summer Library Programs in cooperation with the Medford Area Public Schools. The hour-long sessions include stories and crafts.

Please check back for the Summer Reading Program schedule next summer.

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Story Time Fridays

Storytime will begin September 16th, 2016 at 10:30am.

Story Time Fridays are for children ages 2 through 5 years old. It is the mission of Story Time to provide a high quality, developmental and age-appropriate, literature-based, group story time for preschool children in a library. Please select the program best suited to your child(ren)'s age(s).

Story time activities are held during the school year. If there is no school, there is no story time.

Little Bears: 10:30 am in the large conference room.

This 20-minute program is designed for two and three year olds. The program brings young children and their parents or caregivers together in a library setting. For many, this is a new experience. Some children may participate, while others may be content to just observe. All adults are expected to participate and encourage the children to join in the fun.

The program will feature picture books, songs, finger plays, puppets, and flannel boards. Since attention spans are short for kids this age, the stories are short and simple.

Date Little Bears Programs
September 16Yummy
September 23Rainforest
September 30Jobs
October 7Monsters
October 21Harvest
October 28Halloween - wear your costume!
November 4Opposites
November 11Build It!
November 18Hippo/Rhino
December 2Lost & Found
December 9Animals Christmas
December 16Santa's Visit

Big Bears: 10:30 am in the small conference room.

This 30 minute program is designed for BIG KIDS four and five years old as they attend story time on their own. By this age, children can do more things by themselves, such as listen to stories quietly, participate in activities, follow directions and complete crafts. Parents and caregivers do not accompany the preschoolers in the story room, but are asked to remain in the library during the session.

Story time features picture books, songs, finger plays, puppets, flannel boards, games and craft activities.

Date Big Bears Programs
September 16Rainforest
September 23Yummy
September 30Monsters
October 7Jobs
October 21Harvest
October 28Halloween - wear your costume!
November 4Build It!
November 11Opposites
November 18Lost & Found
December 2Hippo/Rhino
December 9Animals Christmas
December 16Santa's Visit

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LEGO and Technology Club

The LEGO and Technology Club meets Saturdays once a month in the large conference room from 10:00am - 11:00am. It's open to elementary aged children with no pre-registration.

Scheduled dates are the second Saturday of each month:

  • September 10, 2016
  • October 8
  • November 12

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FOL Readers' Group Book Discussion

The Friends of the Library Readers' Group hosts book discussions throughout the year. The discussions are open to the public and are held on the second Tuesday, every other month from September through May at 7:00 pm. The books are available at the library. Everyone is welcome!

Library Reader's Group
Date Book Author
September 21, 2016 Anthill E.O. Wilson
November 8, 2016 My Struggle Book 3 Karl Ove Knausgaard
January 9, 2017 Amsterdam Ian McEwan
March 13, 2017 Excellent Lombards Jane Hamilton
May 9, 2017 May book will be selected at a later date  

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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

You and your child can undertake this wonderful adventure. It is an exciting activity that will provide your child with a strong foundation for learning and reading for the rest of his or her life!

How this Program Works:

  1. Enroll your child at the Frances L. Simek Memorial Library and receive your 1,000 Book Before Kindergarten Journal.
  2. Check out books from the Frances L. Simek Memorial Library and read them with your child. Don't forget to record these books in your journal. Only books check out at the Frances L. Simek Memorial Library are valid for this program.
  3. After each set of 50 books you and your child read and record, bring your journal to the library to receive a prize.
  4. When you and your child have read and recorded your 1,000th book, take your journal to the library for your final rewards!

1,000 books sounds like a lot but when you break down numbers, you can see just how easy this goal can be to accomplish! By reading one book a day with your child, you can reach this goal in less than 3 years. To reach this goal in one year, you and your child would need to read an average of 2 3/4 books every day.

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