Calhoun-Gordon will be sponsoring Summer Reading Programs for kids and teens this summer!
We invite kids and teens from Gordon and surrounding counties to participate in our summer reading programs this year. Registration begins May 27th. Some programs will require pre-registration. We look forward to seeing you this summer as we read, explore, and have fun!
Fizz, Boom, Read!
Kids from 0 to rising 5th graders will get to participate in a summer full of reading, science, and fun in our Summer Reading Club. Most events will be on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. at the Calhoun Depot located across the railroad tracks from the library.
Registration begins May 27th at Calhoun-Gordon Library. During registration, you and your parents will receive reading logs, a calendar, and some stickers to help you get your summer started. Read a certain amount and you will be eligible to win prizes. More information will be available at the time of registration. We look forward to working with you!
- Magic Showcase!: Wednesday, June 4th @ 1:30pm
David Ginn will be presenting a special magic show all about INVENTIONS. Inventions shape our world. From light bulbs to zippers, to peanut butter, learn more about the magic of every day inventions you may take for granted.
- Star Lab: Thursday, June 12th @ 2:00pm
The Star Lab is a mobile planetarium that allows children to experience and learn more about stars, constellations, and our universe. The hour-long program will explain what stars are and introduce the Greek constellations so they can locate them in our own night sky. Children should register at the circulation desk before the program to make sure they get a seat in the age-appropriate program. Space is limited.
- Fossil Discovery: Tuesday, June 17th @ 2:00pm
There will be a special presentation about rocks and fossils at each library. Participants will learn what a fossil is and how they got into rocks. Everyone will get to touch a piece of the past in this interactive program. The kit, provided by Tellus Museum, encourages children to ask questions about how rocks form, how fossils are created, and how fossils are found.
- Bug Out: Tuesday, June 24th @ 12:00 pm and 2:00pm
Due to the large number of attendees for our programs this summer, we will offer the movie at 12:00 and again at 2:00 to help alleviate the crowd. Plan to attend one of the sessions. Enjoy a movie with a few six-legged friends trying to save their world from destruction. Just don’t share with the bugs! Ask your parents to bring a blanket for your family to share.
- Little Red Barn: Tuesday, July 1st @ 2:00 pm
Little Red Barn is a mobile petting zoo in which children can meet farm animals and learn more about what attributes their favorite animals share. This educational experience will help children understand facts like the differences between hooves and toes while letting participants touch the animals. Children are encouraged to ask questions and interact with the animals.
- Reptile Wrangler: Tuesday, July 8th @ 2:00pm
Ken Panse has been working with exotic animals for over twenty years and is eager to share his passion with children through educational presentations. Children will be able to get up close and personal with some of the animals, when possible, while learning about their habitats, dietary needs, and distinct behaviors. Some of the animals can be touched by the viewers if children behave and follow all instructions given by the Reptile Wrangler.
- Science Zone: Tuesday, July 15th @ 2:00pm
Ben Roy, former director of WTVC News Channel 9 Science Theater, will be introducing general science in an interactive exhibit full of experiments and fun. The Science Showcase is appropriate for all ages and is filled with demonstrations for different kinds of science, from electricity to chemistry, in a form sure to dazzle children of all ages.
- Mad Scientist Party: Tuesday, July 22nd @ 2:00pm
End the program with a bang! The best readers will be given special recognition, grand prize winners will receive their prizes and the winners of the robot building contest and best mad scientist or robot costume will be named!
- GiGi’s Toddler Story Time: every Wednesday @ 10:30am at the Depot
Spark a Reaction!
Rising 6th graders to rising 12th graders will get to participate in a summer full of reading, art, and fun with our Summer Reading Program. Most events will be on Wednesdays at 4:00pm at the Calhoun Depot located across the railroad tracks from the library.
Registration begins May 27th at Calhoun-Gordon Library. During registration, you will receive reading logs, a full calendar, and information on how to get started. Read a certain amount and you will be eligible to receive prizes! Programs require registration. Space is limited.
- Make Your Own Stationary with Julie Stephens: Wednesday, June 4th @ 4:00pm
- Making a Photo Journal with Karli Land: Wednesday, June 11th @ 4:00pm
Make a 24-page photo-safe journal using scraps of leather and beads. Sign-up is required.
- Intro to Photo journaling with Karen Thompson: Wednesday, June 18th @ 4:30pm
- Making an Art Journal with Karli Land: Wednesday, June 25th @ 4:00pm
Make a 24-page steampunk journal with touches of leather and air dry cly. Bring your creativity to customize your own one-of-a-kind project. Details will be added to each page before they are sewn between the handmade covers. Sign-up is required.
- Intro to Art Journaling and Self-Portraiture with Karen Thompson: Wednesday, July 2nd @ 4:30pm
- Creating Bracelets with Polymer Clay with Karli Land: Wednesday, July 9th @ 4:00pm
Choose your colors of polymer clay to make your own handmade beads. After the beads are baked, we will use them to create a one-of-a-kind bracelet for you to take home. Sign-up is required.
- Cupcake Decorating at Sweet Trees Bakery: Wednesday, July 16th @ 4:30pm *Note, this will be at the Sweet Trees Bakery
Impress your friends and family members by learning different ways of decorating cupcakes–from creating roses to using fondant. Sign-up is required.
- DIY Duct Tape with Chasity Huley: Wednedsay, July 23rd @ 4:00pm
- Creating a Canvas quote with Karli Land: Wendesday, July 30th @ 4:00pm
Make a mixed media art project. From paper crafting, to paint, to artistic design. Choose your patterns and colors and then add your favorite quote. Sign-up is required.
Patrons from Gordon, Murray, and Whitfield counties are invited to attend the summer reading programs from any of the three libraries. Please check each summer reading page as registration requirements may vary.
The summer reading program would not be possible without our sponsors! We want to thank the following businesses and individuals for providing monetary support, prizes, etc.
Friends of the Library
Calhoun-Gordon County Council for a Literate Community
Downtown Development Authority
Jackson Towel & Mat
House Office Supply
MOMS Club of Calhoun
Glenda Ford, Mary Kay Consultant