On Monday, June 23 at 3:30 pm, kick off the 2014 Fizz Boom Read! Summer Reading Program with Plumb Library and Mike the Bubble Man! Mike brings magic and science to the stage with this interactive 45-minute indoor show about bubbles! Through music, choreography, and comedy, bubbles – in all different shapes and sizes – come alive, sparking imagination and wonder. Exploring science through bubbles creates an entertaining learning environment that introduces shapes, color, and chemistry. A love for bubbles is never outgrown – especially when there’s a chance to see the world from inside of one!
The show will be held at First Congregational Church, 11 Constitution Way, Rochester. No registration required. Call 508-763-8600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. This program is sponsored by the Rochester Cultural Council.
On Tuesday, June 24, create Funky Button Bracelets with Louisa and Kathy from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the library. Registration required. This is Tween/Teen program for ages 10 and over. There are only eight spots available, so pre-registration is required for this event.
“Just the Facts,” the nonfiction book discussion group, will be reading One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding, by Rebecca Mead. Why has the American wedding become an outlandishly extravagant, very expensive, and overwhelmingly demanding production? Who decided that brides and grooms must observe tradition while at the same time using the wedding as a vehicle for expressing their personal style? What does a wedding tell us about how Americans consume, relate, and live today? One Perfect Day mixes investigative journalism and social commentary to explore the workings of the wedding industry, an industry that has every interest in ensuring that the American wedding becomes more lavish and complex. We will discuss this book on Thursday, June 19 at 6:30 pm. Copies are available at the desk.
Café Parlez’ selection for June is March by Geraldine Brooks. Fans of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women will remember that Father March is absent for most of the first half of the book. We know he was in Washington, DC ministering to the troops, but what is the whole story? In Brooks’ book, we get the story of Mr. March, his early career as a traveling salesman to his eventual ministry, and his illness that brings his wife, Marmee, to Washington from Concord, MA. Geraldine Brooks is a favorite of the Café Parlez group, and this book will not disappoint. We will discuss it on Thursday, June 26 at 6:30 pm. Books are available at the desk, or bring your own copy.
Register now for Fizz, Boom, Read!, the 2014 Summer Reading Program. This is a free, family-oriented program, which involves children from ages 3 and up and their parents. Registration is required, but is done online. Go to www.readsinma.org/rochester to register and to log your times after June 18. The goal of this program is to encourage families to read for pleasure and keep track of their reading online. Weekly check-ins with the library earn kids free books and a surprise. Random drawings occur all summer for all age groups that are logging their hours. All kids that read at least 10 hours will be awarded a special prize at the end of the program. Separate programs are available for Teens/Tweens and for adults, with weekly prize drawings. Call or email the library for more information.