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Summer Reading Program : Children's SRP

This LibGuide has information and resources for the current summer reading program. It has been created for RCLS member library staff.

SRP 2021: Tails and Tales


CLRC Webinar: Engaging Take and Makes on a Shoestring Budget
Originally presented January 14, 2021

Shared During the Workshop:

How to build a mini catapult from office supplies


Garden Sounds Poem:

There's something in my garden! [point to garden]

Now, what can it be? [shrug shoulders]

There's something in my garden that I cannot see. [waggle finger for "no" and/or shake head]

If you listen carefully you will hear a sound [cup hand behind ear]...[Draw animal unseen and make sound]

Wow! A [name of animal] is what I found! [Continue until bored or out of animals.].

DIY Stress Kit Ideas

How to Make a DIY Stress Ball



Homemade stress balls are SUPER SIMPLE to make at home. You can use flour, rice, water beads, play dough, and even oobleck as a filler inside the balloon.

In order to get the flour inside the balloon, you’ll also need a funnel. But no worries if you don’t have one! Simply cut the bottom off a plastic water bottle to make your own funnel. It’s easy, cheap and works like a charm!

This is such a great sensory activity and a really simple craft for kids, teens, adults and seniors!

Click here for full instructions and tutorial video.

Outdoor Activities

BONUS: After the obstacle course program, cut the pool noodles in half and use them for a lightsaber craft!

Seed starters using every day items: Combine learning about planting, recycling, and composting. Cornell Cooperative Extension has a guide on what to plant during different seasons.


Outdoor Movies

For libraries using Swank Movie License

We were able to confirm that the outdoor exception will be available for all of 2021. We recently added the list of movies and form for approval to the website to make it easier to access and review, and are working on adding a link to the library page of the website in the near future. Below are the guidelines and links for the outdoor exception:


  • An outdoor showing exception to the license is added so that libraries can engage patrons in a more socially distant environment!
    • Outdoor Exception for Public Libraries: (This exception has been confirmed for all of 2021)
    • The list of pre-approved movies (Films for Outdoor Exception) that are eligible for outdoor showings on library property, as long as the event is held to a maximum of 50 cars or 100 attendees.
    • This form (Public Library Outdoor Event Form) needs to be completed to receive permission for the outdoor showing exception and the guidelines will be included in that form.
    • Please email the completed form to, we will reply with approval. As long as the guidelines are followed, outdoor showings will be included as part of the license coverage.
    •  If the showing does not meet those requirements, or is off library property, please contact Swank Motion Pictures at 800.876.5577 for the standard outdoor license pricing

For more information, contact Joe Swift: 


Thank you to Sam Sambrato for gathering this information!


Libraries can purchase an Empire Pass to loan to patrons. About the Empire Pass:

The Empire Pass is your key to all-season enjoyment at New York State Parks. It provides unlimited day-use vehicle entry to most facilities operated by New York State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Learn where the Empire Pass is Accepted.

All Trails: (from the website) Our goal is simple - build the largest collection of hand-curated trail guides, so you can explore the outdoors with confidence.  Mobile App is available.

NYS Parks: A comprehensive list of state parks, national parks, historical sites, monuments, and more.



Lara Cohen, Tappan Library
@laracohen, Pinterest
Stuffed Animal clinic/ We're Going on a Bear Hunt; Animal Yoga; Eric Carle's Birthday


Michelle Muller, Goshen Public Library


NYS Performers and Programs Database


10:30 - 10:45: 

ZOOM! MUSH! with Noggin, the Sled Dog (and her human) 

Karen Land Iditarod Dog Mushing Presentations - (406) 459-5234 - 

Fee: $100



Music and Puppets with Jumpin' Jamie 

Jamie Theurich - (732) 687-1644 - 

Fee: $250 for a one time virtual program.  $60 each for a commitment of 6 or more pre-recorded programs.


1:30 - 1:45:

Virtual Bubble Workshop: Be  A Bubble Artist and Scientist!

Casey Carle - 860-484-3533 - 

Fees: $160 for up to 16 kids, $195 for up to 25

Recommended for ages 7 and up. (Younger kids with direct supervision.)

Virtual Program Resources

Websites to Get You Started:

Hour of Code:

NASA STEM Engagement:

America's Test Kitchen- Kids:

PBNify- create your own Paint by Numbers:

Chess Kids:


Hosting Virtual Programs Resources:

Green Screen Resources (originally created for Storytime Studio Mini-Grant recipients):