Jay County Public Library 
315 N. Ship Street, Portland, IN  47371 
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July 2013 KIDSHEET

printable Kidsheet (pdf)



Monday July 1, 11am

All ages

It's time to go Rockin' and Reading with Leonardo when he strums into town bringing his humorous, high energy musical program that inspires little rockers to become big readers!

This highly interactive performance has plenty of sing alongs, hand signs, dance moves, and volunteers "jamming" with the band.

Dig Into Reading Summer Reading will ROCK! with this inspiring music show where audiences unearth their hidden talents and discover that the library is where the treasure is buried. Get ready to sign, dance, and "jam" with LEONARDO!


SRP Swim Party

Saturday, July 20, 5:30-7:00pm

For all who successfully reached their Summer Reading goal! Kids and teens are invited to attend, as are parents or other caregivers (and EVERYONE can swim)!

three lifeguards will be on duty; children under 7 years of age must be accompanied by a caregiver of at least 13 years of age.

Bring your toys and tubes and water wings! All types of water toys are allowed at this private party!

Swim, pick up your awards, and enjoy some refreshments!



July 2013 Special Days

1 - First U.S. Zoo (1874)

4 - Independence Day

5 - Graham Cracker Day

7 - Ice Cream Cone Day

10- Don't Step On a Bee Day

12 - Swimming Pool Day

16 - National Hot Dog Day

19 - New Friends Day

24 - Cousins' Day

26 - All or Nothing Day

31 - Parents Day

31 - Harry Potter's Birthday

July is Wild About Wildlife Month, Red, White, and Blue Month, and National Picnic Month.


SRP Schedule for July: Dig Into Reading/Beneath the Surface


All ages are invited to this rocking and rolling program! See above for details.

July 3 - No teen program (sorry!)

July 3 - Bookmobile at Redkey Elementary; 11am-1pm

July 5 - Crafts @ 2pm; All ages. Animals Under the Ground - Come and make some fun animal crafts. All materials are provided.

July 8 - Gnome-tastic! @ 11am; All ages. Join us for all things gnome!

July 10 - Teen Program - Sharks! @ 6:30m. Join us for a shark-filled evening! Grades 6-12 only.

July 12 - Crafts @ 2pm - Little People

July 13 - DEADLINE for ALL reading logs! Library closes at 5pm.

July 20 - Pool Party; 5:30-7pm, Portland Pool (see above for details)


Don't miss the Bus!

Our annual "get acquainted with riding the school bus" program is tentatively set for Monday, August 5 @10am.

Kids who are entering kindergarten, along with a parent, can sign up to ride a school bus from the library to Bloomfield Elementary School. Before takeoff, the driver goes over the rules, gives kids safety suggestions, and explains what type of behavior is expected.

Once at school, kindergarten teacher Mrs. Gregg opens her classroom. Kids (and rookie parents!) can get a good idea of what goes on in school before it actually starts!

Sign-up is necessary and is limited to the first 50 riders. Call the library to sign up for this fun-filled program!


Crafts & Activities

You will need:

2 paper bowls

Paint and paintbrushes

Glue (liquid)

Ribbons and fishing line


You will do:

1. Paint the bottom of one paper bowl with watercolors.

2. Trim eyes from cardstock or draw the eyes with markers.

3. On the inside of the bowl, add glue and place the ends of some ribbon on it. Place another bowl on top (with the ribbon sticking out) and let dry.

4. Have an adult poke two small holes in the center of the bowl. Thread fishing line through the bowl so it creates a loop under the bowl.

5. Tie ribbon and trim to the loop, then tighten the loop to secure the ribbon.

6. Hang up and enjoy your creation!




Jay County Public Library  Portland, Indiana