Registration is open for the Summer Reading Program now! This year, we will be using an exciting platform, a platform where you can register for the reading portion of the program. All aspects of the reading program will be online. You can log the amount of time you are reading. You can write reviews of the books you enjoy most, connect with friends, and earn badges. For each badge you will receive tickets that will enter you into a raffle. There will be a drawing for prizes at the end of the program. It has never been more fun or interactive. If you registered last year your account should still be active. If you haven’t, you will need to create an account. Go to https://myespl.beanstack.org/reader365 and follow the easy instructions to get yourself registered. You will need to scroll down and find a banner that says 2021 Teen Summer Reading Tales and Tails. There you will learn about how to participate in the summer reading challenge.

You can read ANY books you want for the summer reading program. Do you need suggestions? Also you can visit:

Recommended Reads: http://esmyareviews.pbworks.com/w/page/8731429/FrontPage

To register for any of the following programs visit www.myespl.org/events Find the event you would like to attend and click on it. You will be brought to a sign up page.  . There you will enter your contact information and you will receive a confirmation message.

Now the activities part of the Summer Reading Program. You can also earn badges!

Wednesday, July 7 @ 4:00pmThe Bowtruckle – We will be creating Bowtruckle from the world of Harry Potter and the Fantastic Beasts. What is one you say? “The Bowtruckle, which eats insects, is a peaceable and intensely shy creature, but if the tree in which it lives is threatened, it has been known to leap down upon the woodcutter or tree-surgeon attempting to harm it. An offering of woodlice will placate the Bowtruckle long enough to let a witch or wizard remove wand-wood from its tree.

— Newt ScamanderFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them



At-Home Escape Rooms: Molecule Mishap!          


Agent Z’s mission has been compromised! Now you must complete his top secret mission!

Designed for teens and families. This AT-Home Escape Room is ideal for family fun and can be done in the comfort of your own living room. This Escape Room is designed to be completed in an average of 60-90 minutes. Clues vary in levels so everyone can be part of the action. A family can take the box home for one night and return it the next morning by 10:00 a.m. This fun family activity will be available from July 12th through July 30. To request this kit, you will need to call ahead to the library to check availability.



Tuesday, July 13@ 6:30 p.m. – “Dragon’s eyes.”

Make these gorgeous dragon eyes from flat, clear filler marbles and use them for dragon jewelry, decoration, or curiosity. Adults and children alike love them. We have the paints and markers necessary to do this craft. What will you see in the eye of a dragon?


Tuesday, July 20 @ 6:30 p.m. – Black out Poetry. Blackout Poetry can be a challenging and creative activity. It is sometimes hard to know what words to use in poetry. Now there is a way to easily choose words. Pick the words you need, and cross the other ones out. You’ll be working with pages from discarded book pages. You can make something incredible. Some people circle the words to make verses and illustrate the pages over the rest of the page. Check out these examples: https://www.pinterest.com/pspl/blackout-poetry/.



Tuesday, July 27

Digital Mosaic.

If you were to look in the dictionary under the word mosaic you would read “a picture or pattern produced by arranging together small colored pieces of hard material, such as stone, tile, or glass.” At our program, you will be creating a mosaic without hard material, stone, tile, or glass. How are we going to do it? We will be making digital mosaics. We will find images on the web to serve as inspiration. We will then use Google Drawing to render wonderful mosaic like images. This is a virtual event. We will contact you with the directions.

Wednesday, August 20 @ 4pm      Animation Techniques:  The Zoetropes’

This event will make you the animator you get to be the artist and the director! Since the beginning of animation, people have never stopped coming up with different ways to make it. For Animation techniques, we will be trying out one of the earliest forms of animation: a Zoetrope! It is a device that produces the illusion of motion from a rapid succession of pictures. You will have the opportunity to draw a strip of images that will make up your Zoetrope.


Tuesday, August 10th @6:30pm

Dragon eggs

People have always been fascinated by dragons. They have been in books and films: St. George and the Dragon, Sleeping Beauty, Beowulf, Jabberwocky, Voyage of the Day Trader, The Hobbit, How to Train a Dragon, Spirited Away, and The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad. Smaug, Toothless, Haku, Maleficent, Falcor, and Dæghrefn are all dragons that have their own flair. In this workshop, you will be designing and creating the type of egg from which your dragon would hatch. You will decide on your own design, color,  texture.