DW – Summer Reading Program

Dalton-Whitfield will be sponsoring Summer Reading Programs for kids and teens this summer!



We invite kids and teens from Whitfield 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!

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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 10:30am at the library.

Registration begins May 27th at Dalton-Whitfield 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!

Programs Schedule

RocketBlast Off Party!: Tuesday, June 3th @ 10:30am
The Blast Off! Party will introduce the new and improved eight-week Summer Reading Club where children can earn prizes by reading and participating in a variety of science based programs. They will learn more about the robot building competition in which they can build robots out of anything to win prizes. There will be several special guests and a movie featuring a space bound robot who is in love with a sleek robot who has discovered that life can resume on the earth.


Star LabStar Lab: Tuesday, June 10th @ All Day
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. Image copyright of Learning Technologies, inc.


FossilFossil Discovery: Tuesday, June 17th @ 10:30am
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.


AntBug Out Picnic: Tuesday, June 24th @ 10:30am
Enjoy a movie with a few six-legged friends trying to save their world from destruction. Bring a snack for munching during show time! Just don’t share with the bugs! Ask your parents to bring a blanket for your family to share.


RedbarnLittle Red Barn: Tuesday, July 1st @ 10:30am
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. Image copyright of Little Red Barn.


Reptile WranglerReptile Wrangler: Tuesday, July 8th @ 10:30am
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. Image copyright of Reptile Wrangler.


Science ZoneScience Zone: Tuesday, July 15th @ 10:30am
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. Image copyright ofThe Science Zone.


Mad scientistMad Scientist Party: Tuesday, July 22nd @ 10:30am
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! Followed by a family friendly movie.


  • Themed Story Time: every Wednesday @ 2:30pm in the Children’s Department.
  • Movies: Saturday, June 21st and June 28th at 11:30am – Join some yellow, plastic people as they work together to save the world from evil.

Spark a Reaction

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 Thursdays at 3:00pm at the library.

Registration begins May 27th at Dalton-Whitfield Library or online. 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.

Program Schedule

RocketRocketry: Thursday, June 5th @ 12:00pm
The Southern Area Rocketry (SoAR) Association will be coming out to work with teens. Teens will learn about how rockets work, how to predict the heights they can reach, and more while making a model rocket. Once it’s decorated, teens and parents can head over to Heritage Park where we will be launching the rockets. Teens will get to keep their rockets when they are done! Rockets are provided for the first 50 teens to register. Parents are asked to provide transportation for their teens. Cropped image is CC 2.5 on Wikimedia by Justin Lebar


  • 14+ Coffee House: Tuesday, June 10th @ 3:00pm
  • Teens 14 and up can come to the coffee house and enjoy some snacks. Teen writers can share a zombie or apocalypse survival story or poem, or readers can read from stories they enjoy.

  • 11-13 Coffee House: Wednesday, June 11th @ 3:00pm
  • Teens 11 to 13 can come to the coffee house and enjoy some snacks. Teen writers can share a zombie or apocalypse survival story or poem, or readers can read from stories they enjoy. Age-appropriate stories, please.

ZombiesZombie Survival: Thursday, June 12th @ 3:00pm
Chattanooga’s Zombie Response Team will be coming to the library to talk to teens about preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse and other disasters. Teens will learn about the tools and equipment necessary for survival, check out their Response Vehicle, and make a mini-survival kit. Kit supplies are provided for the first 20 teens to register. Cropped image CC 2.0 on Flickr by Adobe of Chaos


RobotRobotics 101: Thursday, June 19th @ 3:00pm
Mr. Holloway from Dalton High school will be here to walk teens through building a simple line-tracking robot and programming it to follow a path. Teens will be paired up for this project, so bring a friend! Robots will remain at the library for future programs and for teens to use while at the library. 10 robot kits will be available, so there may be up to 10 groups of teens.Cropped and edited image CC 3.0 on Wikimedia by D.J. Shin


  • 14+ Book Club: Tuesday, June 24th @ 3:00pm
  • Read Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and discuss the book with other teens. 14 and up, please.

  • 11-13 Book Club: Wednesday, June 25th @ 3:00pm
  • Read Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham and discuss the book with other teens. 11-13, please.

LEDsLight it Up: Thursday, June 26th @ 3:00pm
Teens have an opportunity to use household supplies to make LEDs light up. Simple things like watch batteries, paper clips, paper fasteners, and cardboard can create a circuit. Circuits can be used to make light up art and cards. There will be supplies for the first 20 teens to register. Cropped image CC 2.0 on Flickr by warrenski


CrimeMurder in the Library: Thursday, July 3rd @ 3:00pm
Come solve a murder! Using Janet Dickey’s A Murder Melodrama murder mystery, teens will need to figure out who killed the main character. There will be evidence to uncover and suspects to interrogate. Teens can work as teams with their friends or investigate on their own. Cropped image
CC 2.0 on Flickr by silver marquis


  • 14+ Coffee House: Tuesday, July 8th @ 3:00pm
  • Teens 14 and up can come to the coffee house and enjoy some snacks. Teen writers can share a mystery story or poem, or readers can read from stories they enjoy.

  • 11-13 Coffee House: Wednesday, July 9th @ 3:00pm
  • Teens 11 to 13 can come to the coffee house and enjoy some snacks. Teen writers can share a mystery story or poem, or readers can read from stories they enjoy. Age-appropriate stories, please.

CrimeForensics: Thursday, July 10th @ 3:00pm
Whitfield County’s Sheriff Department will be sending over a crime scene investigator to talk about what he does for a living. Teens will be able to ask questions, see evidence, and learn how crimes are investigated in real life. The investigator will be showing fingerprinting methods and how evidence is collected as well as other hands-on activities. Cropped image CC 2.0 on Flickr by silver marquis


ClayPolymer Clay Day: Thursday, July 17th @ 3:00pm
Artist Tammy Pryce creates beautiful clay sculptures of dragons with steampunk elements. She’ll teach teens the basics of working with polymer clay and then let them loose to create. From sonic screwdrivers to zombies to jewelry, if teens can imagine it, they can try to make it. Projects can be taken home to bake. Clay provided for the first 20 teens to register Image copyright Tammy Pryce and used with permission


  • 14+ Book Club: Tuesday, July 22nd @ 3:00pm
  • Read The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler and discuss the book with other teens. 14 and up, please.

  • 11-13 Book Club: Wednesday, July 23rd @ 3:00pm
  • Read Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks and discuss the book with other teens. 11-13, please.

PythonPython®: Thursday, July 24th @ 3:00pm
Learn the basics of object-oriented programming with Python®. Teens will receive an introduction to the language and create their first program. Object-oriented programming is the root of other programming languages, including Java. Workstations will be available for the first 20 teens to register.

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.

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