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WELCOME SUMMER READERS!

We are super stoked to spend the summer with all of you!

We have plenty of exciting programs to offer that we know will
be boatloads of fun! Get ready to set sail on the S.S. East Lake!

In Person
Summer Readers

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This is our activity reporting booklet.

All in-person participants receive a booklet at sign-up. 

Did you lose your booklet? No worries! Click on the image for a printable PDF.

Online
Summer Readers

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For those who can't participate in person, we offer activities and reporting online through Beanstack!

To get started, click on the image to go to the Beanstack website, or download the Beanstack app!

PROGRAMS & EVENTS

We strive to offer fun, interesting and educational programs for babies to rising 5th graders and their families. All programs will be in-person.

All programs offered this summer have their own space limits and registration requirements - sign-up online or in-person, and pick up tickets when required. If you sign-up and can no longer attend, please call to cancel so we may accommodate others on the waitlist.

We offer family and all-age programs when we can, but most of our programs this season have strict age or grade ranges, allowing us to offer more space for the intended audience. 

To visit our online calendar, click here!

LITTLE MINNOWS
Early learning programs for babies, toddlers & pre-schoolers

Play Date Pals! Ages 0-3

Mondays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 & July 11 at 10AM

Stories and songs with Miss Nicole followed by open-play designed to help support sensory exploration and early socialization skills. Registration is required for children 0-3 (no older siblings) and their actively participating caregivers. Registration for each program opens one week prior.

SS Storytime! Ages 3-5

Wednesdays, June 8, 15, 22, 29 & July 6, 13 & 20 at 10AM

Welcome aboard! This fun story & song centered pre-school program is designed to support early literacy and social/emotional skills and to prepare young children for a classroom setting. Caregivers are expected to fully participate and model these important social skills. Registration for each program opens one week prior.

Sing Along with Mr. Brad!

Friday, June 10 at 10AM

Limited tickets available at the Children's Desk starting June 3 (limit 4)

Sing, clap and dance along to our favorite musician! This program is best suited to those 7 and under.

Kinder Crew!

Exclusively for those starting Kindergarten in August 2022.

Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28 & July 5 &12 at 10AM. Graduation Tuesday July 19 at 10AM

Ahoy, mateys! Rising kindergarten students only will independently set sail on Miss Nicole's School Ship for fun stories, activities, songs and crafts all designed to reinforce school readiness skills. Caregivers must remain on library grounds. 

This is a 7 week program and registering indicates that you are able to attend the majority of meeting times. The final meeting will be a graduation where the whole family can celebrate with the crew! Registration begins Monday, May 23.

GUPPIES
Early Elementary

Oceans of Art with Miss Kaley!

Wednesdays, June 8, 15, 22, 29 & July 6 & 13 at 3PM

Children who are rising into grades 1-3 are welcome to join Miss Kaley for art exploration! Each week we will study a different artistic technique, featuring different artists, styles and art history. No non-of-age siblings will be permitted. Registration for each program opens one week prior to the program date. Caregivers must remain on library grounds.

Paige's Planet: Ocean Explorers

Friday, July 8 at 10AM

Miss Paige from Tarpon Springs Aquarium will present a fun, informative, and hands-on ocean ecosystem program designed to foster awareness and encourage preservation to children rising into grades K-2. Learning about ocean friends will include an interactive experience with aquarium sea life!

Caregivers may attend, but any children not in the program's intended age range are not permitted. Space is limited, registration is required, and tickets must be presented at the door to attend.

Tickets will be available for pickup at the Children's reference desk starting Friday, July 1.

MANTA RAYS
Upper Elementary

Money Sense for Your Dollars & Cents

Thursday, June 9 at 6PM

Money burning a hole in your pocket? Save it? Spend it? Rising 3rd through 5th grade students can learn the finer points of budgeting, saving versus spending, determining needs and wants, and long range money management from George Curbelo, financial coach. Come play the Money Game and see if you will wind up a Dollar-naire! Registration begins June 2.

Challenge Island: Shark Tooth Island

Thursday, June 16 at 6PM

Pinellas County's Challenge Island visits ELCL with a special summer STEM program. Rising 3rd through 5th grade students can team up to problem solve and keep safe from circling sharks! Participants attend this program independently. Caregivers and siblings that are not of age are asked to wait on library grounds. Registration begins June 9.

Wild About Birds

Thursday, June 23 at 6PM

Tickets available at the Children's desk starting June 16

Rising 3rd through 5th grade students are invited to join some feathery friends as they visit ELCL to help spread awareness about Florida birds. An educator from Moccasin Lake Raptor Sanctuary and local bird rescue group Birds in Helping Hands will be here to share ways to help protect them and help protect and create bird-friendly environments. Due to the nature of the program and the wildlife present, age restrictions are a requirement of the presenter. 

Paige's Planet: Marine Defenders

Thursday, July 14 at 6PM

Tickets available at the Children's desk starting July 7

Rising 3rd grade and up can join Tarpon Springs Aquarium's Miss Paige for a hands-on, interactive exploration of our local marine life and ecosystem. The focus will be on the preservation and protection of our waterways and include special animal ambassadors!

Children outside of the program's intended age range are not permitted. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are available at the Children's reference desk beginning July 7.

Random Fandom: Tournament of Characters Challenge!

Monday, July 18 at 6PM

Calling all book and series fans! How well do you know your favorites? Fans of Dog Man, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries, Rainbow Magic Fairies, Warriors, Dragon Masters, Raina Telgemeier and lots more can join us for activities and fun in our Tournament of Characters Challenge! Who will reign supreme?

This program is open exclusively to rising 3rd through 5th grade students. Caregivers and siblings who are not age appropriate are asked to wait on library grounds. Limited registration begins Monday, July 11.

PARENTS ONLY

Common Cents: Talking with Kids About Money

Thursday, June 30 at 6PM

Does your child think money grows on trees? In this exclusive program for parents and caregivers only, financial coach George Curbelo will cover how to talk to kids about budgets, savings, and careful spending. From allowances to college savings, an abundance of resources will be shared with time for Q&A. 

Registration begins June 23.

FAMILY EVENTS

East Lake Fire Rescue WET SCUBA Team

Thursday, July 7 at 10AM

Tickets available June 23

Children of all ages are invited to meet East Lake Fire Rescue's WET SCUBA team and learn more about water rescue. Come enjoy a special story time with our local heroes! This is a ticketed event. Tickets will be available at the Children's Desk starting Thursday, June 23 while tickets last.

Meet the Threshers

Tuesday, July 26 at 10AM

Tickets available July 19

Come and play catch with our favorite local baseball team! Get some baseball tips and learn what it takes to make it to the big leagues. Tickets available starting July 19 at the Children's desk. Limit 4 per family.

Challenge Island: Plankton Bay

Tuesday, July 26 at 6PM

Parents and kids work as a team to solve the challenge of Plankton Bay in this fun, hands-on interactive event presented by Challenge Island of St. Pete. Families will follow the scientific method and use STEM concepts.

 

This program is for families with children who are rising kindergarten through 6th grade and due to space constraints, younger non-participating children are not permitted. Registration begins Tuesday, July 19. Space is limited.

Family Fun Finale!

Friday, July 29 at 5:30PM

Participating summer readers who have completed our Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program are invited to join us at the library for our Family Fun Finale full of fun, games and refreshments. SRP Prize Packs will be available for pickup and the grand prize winners will be announced. Participants may pick up their tickets beginning Monday, July 18. Folks who did not participate in Summer Reading can purchase tickets for $5 each.

East Lake Community Library & East Lake Fire Rescue Hose Down

Thursday, August 4 at 11AM

Our ELCL annual end-of-summer tradition is BACK! Join us at East Lake Fire Rescue Station 57 to cool off and splash in the fire hose!

3375 Tarpon Lake Blvd, Palm Harbor, FL 34685

Please observe parking and pedestrian safety so everyone can join in on the fun! Open to all ages.

This is not a registered event.

FLOATSAM AND JETSAM WEEK

Summer Reading is over, but there is still fun to be had before school starts! No registration. Just drop in!

Family Movie

Monday, August 1 at 1PM

Join us in the community room for a movie and snacks!

Crafternoon

Tuesday, August 2 at 1PM

Come get your craft on with a variety of craft supplies and ideas.

Legos!

Wednesday, August 3 at 1PM

Come make a masterpiece!