It's that time of year again. The kids are out of school and you are probably looking for something constructive for them to do to pass the time instead of vegging out in front of the TV with video games all summer. Well, the Victoria Public Library is getting ready to kick off one of their biggest programs of the year in their Summer Reading Program. Don't let the name Summer fool you, they also have great programs throughout the year for your little ones of all ages.

From the Victoria Public Library:

Looking for Something to Do This Summer? Check out the Victoria Public Library! Celebrate summer at the Library Fun Fest 2015. This program encourages reading for fun with free activities and programs for children and teens.

The KICK-OFF to our Library Fun Fest 2015 begins June 8th from 10:00a.m.-12:00pm in the library parking lot. Come see the Amazing Aaron: juggler and story/joke teller or enjoy a snow cone and all sorts of fun activities that we will have that morning!

How does the program work? Children and Teens will receive reading logs to keep track of their reading time, and will redeem prizes for the time that they read. Programs include crafts, storytelling, puppet shows, movies, Lego Wedo, Lego Mindstorm EV3 Robotics, music and games. Special performers include Margaret Clauder the puppeteer, Matt Tardy the magician, Victoria Bach Festival and Move Your Tale: Improv for Youth.

So make your summer count and join us for all the fun and remember that all programs are free and open to families of all ages.

The Library Fun Fest 2015 is sponsored by the Victoria Public Library and Friends of the Library. For more information contact us at 361-485-3302 or www.victoriapubliclibrary.org.
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Reoccurring Programs
Baby Time – every Tuesday @ 10:00 am
Baby Time is for the enjoyment of babies up to the age of 2. Lap play, songs, flannel boards and interactive reading to engage caregivers and babies and inspire development.

Family Story Time – every Wednesday & Thursday morning @ 9:30am and 10:30am. This story time is fun for the whole family!

Finding Fridays – Every Friday during June and July.
Stop by the information desk anytime on Friday’s this summer and go on a library scavenger hunt. This is a go at your own pace activity where we just want you to have fun! Find all the clues and go back to the information desk to collect your prize.

Teen Robotics Club (TRC 15)-Every Friday during June and July. 2:00-4:00pm TEENS 12-17 yrs.
Come build Lego Mindstorm EV3 robots. Registration is Required so call 361-485-3302. Registration opens two weeks before each event.
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Library FUN FEST Kick Off -June 8, 10:00-12:00pm
Celebrate the beginning of summer reading with snow cones, a juggler, a tote bag craft, and books! The celebration will be outside across the street in the library’s overflow parking lot and continue inside the library. Make your summer count and spend it at the library!

Lego Play | Boat Lego Build -June 9, 4:00-5:30pm
Bring your imagination, build with Legos, meet other Lego enthusiasts and win a prize for fabulous Lego designs. This program is come-and-go so feel free to arrive whenever you can and leave early if you need to! Families of all ages are welcome.

Bach Fest Day 1 | New Young Artist -June 11, 10:30-11:00am
Are you a music enthusiast? Well do we have a program that’s guaranteed to be music to your ears! Horn player Reese Farnell and tenor Brain Giebler will present a family program with Faith DeBow. Come hear the New Young Artists of the Victoria Bach festival as they share their talent with you.

Bach Fest Day 2 | Drum Circle -June 13, 1:00-2:00pm
Clap your hands, stomp your feet and help fill our library with music. Find the rhythm inside you with the help of an instructor at our rhythm party with Victoria Bach Festival percussionists. All ages are welcome so come create your own beats.

Teen Craft | -June 15, 1:00-2:00pm
Pointillism painting! Use stamp pads and pencil erasers to re-create a movie poster, or something from your own imagination. All supplies will be provided.

Lego-WeDo Robotics –June 16, 4:00-5:30pm
Wimpy ‘Bot Literature-based Robotics Challenge. Idea based on the Wimpy Kid books. Complete the Bots and Books challenge using Lego WeDo kits.
* Registration is required so please call 361-485-3302. Registration opens two weeks before each event.

Performer | Matt Tardy- June 18, 2:00-3:00pm
Matt Tardy: juggler, comedian, magician. This show is filled with amazing juggling feats, unbelievable body contortions, audience participation, and hilarious comedy for all ages.

Family Craft | Create Art on Canvas -June 22, 3:00-4:00pm & June 24, 2:00-3:00pm (we will have two optional dates for the same craft)
Can’t make a craft on one day then you’ll have another date to choose from. Create your own canvas art by using strips of magazine paper to make your piece of art come to life. All supplies will be provided and the whole family is encouraged to attend.

Lego Play | Bird Lego Build –June 23, 4:00-5:30pm
Bring your imagination, build with Legos, meet other Lego enthusiasts and win a prize for fabulous Lego designs. This program is come and go so feel free to arrive whenever you can and leave early if you need to! Families of all ages are welcome.

Summer Movie | BIG HERO SIX -June 27, 10:00am-12:00pm

The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.
- Serving FREE popcorn

Lego-WeDo Robotics –June 30, 4:00-5:30pm
Jungle ‘Bot Literature-based Robotics Challenge. Project based on The Jungle Book. Complete the Bots and Books challenge using Lego WeDo kits.
* Registration is required so please call 361-485-3302. Registration opens two weeks before each event.

Performer | Hurray for the U.S.A. with Patriotic Patty- July 1, 2:00-3:00pm

An educational, patriotic show featuring puppets Uncle Sam, Keisha, and Elmer. This show will educate children on the meaning of many symbols of America including the flag, the Statue of Liberty, and the American eagle. The presenter is Margaret Clauder.

Family Craft | Mosaic Sun Catchers -July 6, 3:00-4:00pm & July 8, 2:00-3:00pm (we will have two optional dates for the same craft)
Can’t make a craft on one day then you’ll have another date to choose from. Create your own sun catcher using shapes and color. All supplies will be provided and the whole family is encouraged to attend.

Lego Play | Super Hero Lego Build –July 7, 4:00-5:30pm
Bring your imagination, build with Legos, meet other Lego enthusiasts and win a prize for fabulous Lego designs. This program is come and go so feel free to arrive whenever you can and leave early if you need to! Families of all ages are welcome.

Teen Craft | -July 13, 2:00-3:00pm
Monster bookmarks! Make a monster mouth corner page bookmark from a template and then decorate him to make him your own. All supplies will be provided.

Lego-WeDo Robotics –July 14, 4:00-5:30pm
Hero ‘Bot Literature-based Robotics Challenge. This project based on the Avenger series of books. Complete the Bots and Books challenge using Lego WeDo kits.
* Registration is required so please call 361-485-3302. Registration opens two weeks before each event.

Performer | Sunny Blossom –July 16, 2:00-3:00pm
Reading is Magic! Sunny Blossom will take children on a silly adventure through several books in all the genres of a library, teach students how to take care of books, and encourage them to broaden their literary horizons.

Summer Movie | ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY -July 18, 10:00am-12:00pm
Judith Viorst's acclaimed children's book is brought to the big screen. The tale recounts a day in the life of a grumpy young boy who has everything go wrong, all in one day.
- Serving FREE popcorn

Family Craft | Rain Stick -July 20, 3:00-4:00pm & July 22, 2:00-3:00pm (we will have two optional dates for the same craft)
Can’t make a craft on one day then you’ll have another date to choose from. Let the sound of rain fill your ears this summer by making your very own rain stick. All supplies will be provided and the whole family is encouraged to attend.

Lego Play | Peach and/or Crocodile Lego Build–July 21, 4:00-5:30pm
Idea based on the book James and the Giant Peach. Bring your imagination, build with Legos, meet other Lego enthusiasts and win a prize for fabulous Lego designs. This program is come and go so feel free to arrive whenever you can and leave early if you need to! Families of all ages are welcome.

Lego-WeDo Robotics –July 28, 4:00-5:30pm
Peach ‘Bot Literature-based Robotics Challenge. Idea based on the book James and the Giant Peach. Complete the Bots and Books challenge using Lego WeDo kits.* Registration is required so please call 361-485-3302. Registration opens two weeks before each event.

Library Fun Fest Wrap Up Party |Performance by Move Your Tail–July 31, 2:00-3:00pm
Thanks for making our Library Fun Fest 2015 so wonderful. Please join us for an afternoon of comedy with Move Your Tale: Improv for Youth. This event will be held at the Community Center.

Teen End of Summer Ice Cream Party- August 1, 2:00-3:00pm
Come celebrate the end of summer with DIY ice cream sundaes, book giveaways, games, and music!
Drop-off event for ages 12-17.