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Fri. 9AM-6PM
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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


Story time Fridays

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
January 9, 2015Sleds & Skates
January 16Hats, Mittens & Kittens
January 23No Storytime
January 30Dinosaurs
February 6Snowball Cookies
February 13Valentines
February 20No Storytime
February 27Birds of a Feather
March 6Mud-Messy
March 13It Isn't Easy Being Green!
March 20Bunches of Bunnies
March 27Special Visit from the Easter Bunny (Bring Your Camera)
April 3No Storytime
April 10Baby Animals
April 17Party

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 their 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
January 9, 2015Hats, Mittens & Kittens
January 16Sleds & Skates
January 23No Storytime
January 30Snowball Cookies
February 6Dinosaurs
February 13Valentines
February 20No Storytime
February 27Birds of a Feather
March 6Mud-Messy
March 13It Isn't Easy Being Green!
March 20Bunches of Bunnies
March 27Special Visit from the Easter Bunny (Bring Your Camera)
April 3No Storytime
April 10Frogs & Toads
April 17Party Time

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LEGO Club

The LEGO 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:

  • September 13
  • October 11
  • November 8
  • January 10
  • February 14
  • March 14
  • April 14

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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!

Dec 17 Christmas Party! Bring snacks and a wrapped book
Library Reader's Group
Date Book Author
March 10, 2015 City of Thieves David Benioff
 
April 16, 2015 Invention of Wings Sue Monk Kidd
 
May 21, 2015 Winter Garden Kriten Hannah
 
June 18, 2015 Boys in the Boat Daniel James Brown
 
July 16, 2015 The Whip Karen Kondazin
 
August 20, 2015 What She Left Behind Ellen Marie Wiseman
 
September 17, 2015 Lila Marilynne Robinson
 
October 15, 2015 The Passage Justin Cronin
 
November 19, 2015 The All Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion Fannie Flagg
 
December 17, 2015 Christmas Party! Bring snacks and a wrapped book  
 
January 16, 2016 Escape from Camp 14 Blaine Harden
 

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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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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 100 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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