Monroe Free Library announces its summer programs & activiti

| 21 Feb 2012 | 10:47

    MONROE-Now is the time for all school-age kids to come to the aid of the library. The Monroe Free Library has a goal to read 5,000 books this summer. Rebecca Lynn, head of Children's Services, and her staff need your help. The Summer Reading Program, "New York is Read, White and Blue," begins Monday, July 5, and has something for every child. In addition to reading and discussing the books that excite you, the Summer Reading Program is loaded with crafts, storytimes, and shows. Puppets, African drumming, a real live ghostbuster, and more bring a summer filled with fun. Registration for the program, which runs from July 5 to Aug. 6, is underway. Parent or caregiver may register the child. The first reporting or reading appointment is made at the reference desk. Each child completing the program gets a prize bag and certificate. The Summer Reading Program kicks off with our ever-popular Family chalk Art Night on July 8 from 6 to 8 p.m.. Hurry in! The best locations go fast. Nigerian drummer and storyteller, Kofi, entertains school-age children and their families on Friday, July 16, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.. Kids in sixth to twelfth grade can attend the creepy Haunted Hudson Valley vent presented by Linda Zimmerman, a real Ghostbuster. On Wednesday, July 1 at 1 p.m. Robert Roger's Puppet Company brings the "Legend of Pecos Bill" to children in kindergarten and up. Teens can be astounded by the mind-reading of the Aldens, premiere psychics, on Monday, July 26 from 7:30 to 8:30. Check our monthly calendar for added events. Children meet with teen volunteers to complete a reading record, earning stickers, raffle tickets and a weekly prize. After a minimum of four appointments and six books read, readers get a prize bag and 20 additional raffle tickets for big prizes. Preschoolers can attend walk-in storytimes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 13 to Aug. 3 Program 1, for two-year-olds and older children who prefer a parent in the room, meets from10:30 to 11:00. Program 2, for three and up without a parent in the room, meets from 11:15 to 1;45. No registration is required. Come on out to the Monroe Free Library for a summer that is exciting, educational and Read, White, and Blue. Call 783-4411 for more information. Shivers of anticipation run down spines as the Monroe Free Library announces its fourth Murder Mystery at Arden House, on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.. The entertainment features a delicious dinner and a devious mystery for diners to solve. Accomplished actors draw you into this evening of intrigue which unfolds in the perfect setting. A murder takes place and you must solve it, based on the clues you pick up in the course of the evening. Located off Route 32 in Harriman, the imposing Arden House, a former residence of Governor Averell Harriman, is an elegant stand-in for an English country estate. The sit-down dinner includes appetizer, choice of chicken, beef, or fish entrée, wine, dessert and coffee. Let your inner Jessica Fletcher or Hercule Poirot come out. This popular event sells out fast. Tickets are on sale now at $65 per person. Raffle tickets will also be on sale on the night of the event. Why not buy a raffle ticket? After all, on the night of a mysterious murder, you never know when your number might be up. Call 783-4411 for more information.