Summer Reading 2015

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The 2015 Summer Reading Program, Every Hero Has A Story, is all about heroes: those who have made their marks in history, our real-life community heroes, as well as our mightiest Superheros. Our program is for youngsters age 2 – entering Grade 9, we offer crafts, storytime, entertainers, and the Summer Reading Challenge.

Summer Fun begins with Kick-off Registration Day

Saturday, June 20th from 10:00 – 12:00

Characters Running

Storytime: Summer Bunch ages 2 – 5 & Little Makers Kindertarten – Grade 2

Ed Leonard’s Silly Sing-a-long

4-H Club of Litchfield

Kellogg Environmental Center: Our Hero the Frog

Mad Science: Watt’s Up

Mr. Magic

Chris Fisher: Superhero Jeopardy, Minecraft Olympics and Superhero Geocaching

YA Programs: Comic Modge Podge Mania, Cupcake Wars and Bleach T’s


The Summer Reading Challenge

Want more information? Visit our Summer Reading Page for a complete list of programs and details or email


Burnham Bunch: Butterflies

Today marked our last day of school-year storytime. We read Butterfly Butterfly by Peter Horacek and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Instead of a a flannel board, we used a story prop: a coffee can ‘caterpillar.’ As our book caterpillar ate all sorts of delicious foods, the kidlets fed our coffe-can caterpillar. I don’t remember where I found this idea, so I can’t post a link. But, the kidlets LOVED it! Our craft today was a beautiful butterfly.

Science ‘n Stuff: Exploding Fruit!

Inspired by the YouTube video Extreme Exploding Watermelon, we decided to try our hand at exploding some other fruits. We used mango, an orange, a cantaloupe, a honey dew, and apples. Set with a time restraint of 30 minutes, we placed elastics on the honey and cantaloupe prior to our program. In the end, it took about 300 to make the honey dew ‘explode.’

As for the other fruit … not so lucky. the orange and mango were split in half and the apple didn’t budge. We probably needed another 100+ rubber bands for the cantaloupe. But we ran out of time. So we did the next best thing … smashed the fruit!

We had a GREAT school year with the kidlets … Can’t wait for next year!

Burnham Bunch: Ocean

With a few weeks left for school-year storytime, I focused on Oceans. We read three books Never Take Your Shark to the Dentist by Judy Barrett (I skimmed through one — the kids were definitely not feeling it!), Giant Pop-Out Ocean (quickly snatched off the shelf when the first book wasn’t a hit!and The Beach Ball by David Steinberg. We finished off with a little tune/flannel board and crafted a vicious shark … CHOMP!

Burnham Girls: Necklaces and Fun

Today was our last Burnham Girls Club for the school year. BUT, as per request from the girls, we will be back in September! We made an awesome DIY Washer Necklace. I found the instructions via Pinterest from Small for Big. Super easy and FUN craft. The best party we had most of the supplies handy. Thanks to my vast nail polish collection … it ended up being very inexpensive. The only expense was purchasing the stainless steel washers. Found in the nuts and bolts aisle at Ace Hardware for $1.39 each. We had to allow a little drying time … so we painted our washers first and then enjoyed an ice cream sandwich. I let the girls play a bit and then we got down to business. I LOVE the way they turned out!

Burnham Bunch: Mother’s Day

Of course we have to celebrate our Mommies!! We read two books: Is Your Mama a Llama by Deborah Guarino and My Mommy Is Magic by Carl Norac. We used our flannel board to match mommy with baby while reading Is Your Mama a Llama. A rousing soung of M-O-M-M-Y song to the tune of BINGO and then a craft to round it all out! I found this cute idea on Pinterest from the blog An Interesting Mix. The original idea was made for Dads, but Mommies like donuts too! Mommies and kidlets worked together to create a sweet Mother’s Day present.

Happy Mother’s Day!