Summer Reading Event List

Discover a Universe of Universal Stories at the Gorham Free Library this summer!

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Our special 2019, Summer Reading Programs will run from

July 9th – July 31st

Register Online For Our Summer Reading Program Today


A Universe of Universal Stories: Kid’s Blastoff Party: Launch yourself into an exciting, interactive musical performance titled One World Many Stories. Local musician, Dave plays many world instruments while teaching and sharing with kids and families about how people around the world live and the many similarities we all share. This great concert will be followed by crafts, games, and a picnic lunch provided in part by Wegmans. July 10th 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. This event is also sponsored by a grant from the Ontario County Arts Council.

Saturday Sensory Storytime Goes to Space: Explore outer space with your five senses. Hear stories and make crafts with our sensory storyteller on Saturday, July 13th at 10:00 A.M.

Song and Dance around the Planet with Sagit Zilberman: Dance to, sing along with, and experience traditional music from around the world. Explore planet earth’s musical diversity and our universal need for song as Sagit plays instruments, shares stores about the countries where they’re from, and expands our view of planet earth. This great concert will be followed by crafts, stories, and games. Wednesday, July 17th from 9:30-11:30 A.M.

PJ Storytime ~ Folktales Are Fun: Come to the library to hear stories in your Pjs! We will read folktales and learn about the cultures they came from. We even have crafts afterwards. Thursday, July 18th from 6:30-7:15 P.M.

The Great Space Race Floor Game: Launch yourselves into outer space with mission control leader Lindsay Sprague. Join the fun on a floor sized game board. Learn about constellations, planets, and galaxies, as well as the history and the future of the space race! Stay after for even more space themed games and stories. Wednesday July 24th from 10:00-11:45 A.M.

Movie on the Lawn: Come to a special after-hours movie on the lawn. Bring the whole family, bring your favorite snacks, and bring some lawn chairs to see The Brave little Toaster Goes to Mars! July 25th starting at 8:30 P.M.

Save the Sun with Bawshou & the Water Dragon: Using traditional storytelling and musical pageantry, Sondra and John Bromka will tell us the tale of a young boy, with a heroic dream, who rescues the Sun from a dragon! Learn about Chinese Folklore, Art, Dance, and Music, and help Bawshou save the Sun in this interactive program. Afterwards, we will be making our very own dragon masks, presenting special prizes and raffling off our Summer Reading Baskets! This will be a don’t miss Summer Reading Finale Event. Wednesday, July 31st 10:00-11:45

 Adults Events:

A Universe of Universal Stories: Adult’s Launch Party: Learn things you never knew about the space race by watching clips of Robert Stone’s Chasing the Moon Documentary, airing on PBS in July. Never before seen clips and footage from the era commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, bringing this epic space race to life and bringing back memories of the time humanity launched itself into the universe. The screening will be followed by discussion and snacks July 9th from 6:30-8:00 P.M. Screenings are sponsored in partnership with WXXI and your local libraries.

Major funding provided by:  The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding provided by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations,   The Documentary Investment Group – Ira & Diana Riklis.  Local support provided by Village at Unity, RMSC-Strasenberg Planetarium and Cobblestone Capital Advisers.

Gorham Free Library Book Club: Join our monthly meeting as we discuss Arch Merrill’s writings on  local history and culture on July 10th from 4:00-5:00 P.M. Copies of all reading material will be provided for pick up at the library.

 Broadway Goes to War ~ Soldier Shows of World War I: Commemorate the anniversary of the treaty that ended World War I by learning about and revisiting the novelty songs, skits, and programs that made up the soldier shows of the period. Some of these shows were even written by, then Sergeant, Irving Berlin. This educational and musical lecture will be presented by David Fiske a retired librarian, author, and historian, who does historical research on various topics. Come for the lecture and stay to browse artifacts and learn about local connections to WWI in our Town’s Historical Society Museum. Sunday, July 14th from 2:30-4:00 P.M. This event is also sponsored by a grant from the Ontario County Arts Council.

 International Foods Cookbook Book Club Dinner: Try your hand at making and eating dishes from around the world. Get a recipe from one of our displayed cookbooks, register your dish, and attend this very special potluck dinner with friends and neighbors here at the library. Tuesday, July 16th from 6:30-7:30 P.M.

War of the Worlds Original Broadcast and Documentary: Relive the alien invasion that shocked the nation. Hear the original radio drama broadcast in its entity and then watch an American Experience Documentary about its effect, its creator, and its legacy. Tuesday, July 23rd from 6:00-8:00 P.M.

Starship Death Station Murder Mystery Party: Join us for this fun Sunday afternoon Scifi-mystery mashup Program fun as we solve the murder of Engineer Snotty. Sign up for a character, come in costume, and let’s test our sleuthing skills. Walk-ins welcome. Sunday, July 28th, 2:00-4:00 P.M.

Travel Memoir ~ Writers Workshop: Join a group of fellow travelers and writers for a memoir workshop. We will discuss what makes a good travel story, share  experiences, and write our very own universal stories. Tuesday July 30th from 6:00-8:00 P.M.       

 Teens & Tweens Events:

D-I-Y Passport To Your Dream Destination: Where in the world do you want to go? Craft a special passport idea book for your dream destination. Use maps, pictures, and more to learn about and explore your dream destination.

Basic supplies will be provided, but make it extra special by bringing some of your own ideas and images. Friday, July 12th from 4:30-5:30 P.M.

 D-I-Y Space Magnets: Create breathtaking magnets using images from space. While you make your special magnet, play space and Star Wars trivia games with your friends. Friday, July 19th from 4:30-5:30 P.M.

DIY Paper People Crafts: Create a character from Popular Culture using our special summer reading origami kits Afterwards, play games and hang out with friends. Friday, July 26th from 4:30-5:30 P.M.