Summer Library Reading Kickoff Parties

Kick off your summer reading adventures with exciting parties at every local library in Staten Island. Here’s this year’s lineup. Click here for hours, locations and phone numbers for individual branches.

Dongan Hills Library • Thursday, June 6 • 1pm & 3:30pm
1pm: Explore the science involved in rocket construction as you build your own Skyblazer Rocket that you can take home! Best for children ages 5 and older. Presented by Mad Science.
3:30pm: Participants build a small balloon powered rocket and then participate in rocket races! For ages 13-18 years old. Presented by Staten Island MakerSpace

Port Richmond Library • Thursday, June 6 • 1pm
Call library for details.

Great Kills Library •Thursday, June 6 • 3pm
Come juggle with Tommy and Tommy! They’ll perform for you and we’ll spend some time learning how to juggle together. This session includes a juggling ball making workshop and you’ll be able to take home what you create. If you’ve ever wanted to step right up and join the circus, now’s your chance! Ages 10 and up.

Todt Hill/Westerleigh Library • Tuesday, June 11 • 11am
Start Summer Reading off right with our kick-off party! Featuring Rockness Music’s Summertime Music Show and a fun craft afterwards! All ages.

Tottenville Library • Wednesday, June 19 • 4pm
During this show we will explore our universe. Every song, beginning with our introduction “Hello Song” will be altered to include a mention of galaxies, stars, the sun, moon and planets.  Best for ages 0-8 years old with their parent/caregiver.

Stapleton Library • June 19 • 4pm
Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a luchador? Join us for a brand-new mask making workshop where we jump into the world of Lucha Libre. Come learn about the history of Mexican wrestling through storytelling while creating our own unique máscaras (masks). Vámos! Best for ages 5 and older. Presented by Urban Stages.

South Beach Library • Thursday, June 20 • 3:30pm
The North Shore Animal League will bring in a shelter animal to show the wonders of empathy. Working together to create an adoption poster, teens help an animal to find a forever home – they give voice to the voiceless.

West New Brighton Library • Tuesday, June 25 • 3:30pm
Spacey lights make the room come alive as kids dance to some popular and space-themed songs played by the spaciest DJs in NY! Lots of games and activities, too, including limbo and musical chairs! Best for ages 3 and older. At 4:30, join the Sonic Scavenger Hunt and Monster Mash Up.

St. George Library • Wednesday, June 26 • 2pm
Join in an afternoon of fun! We’ll celebrate the end of school and kickoff of summer reading with games, activities, refreshments, and giveaways. We also will celebrate St. George Library’s birthday!

Richmond Town Library • Thursday, June 27 • 2pm
Former NYC Urban Park Ranger Hopalong Andrew celebrates nature and the richness of city life — the energy, diversity, and sense of possibility — with the fun-loving “can-do” spirit of the American West. His programming is filled with music and movement celebrating city life and urban wildlife. For children of all ages.

New Dorp Library • Thursday, June 27 • 2pm
Rolie Polie Guacamole will offer a musical program, appropriate for toddlers to 8 year olds, as an award-winning “kindie” band from Brooklyn, NY with a high energy, interactive show that’s a mix of funk, rock and folk music mashed into original tunes about natural living, eating healthy and staying active!

Huguenot Library • Friday, June 28, 3:30pm
The Bubblevaders from Outerspace. Presented by Pete and Chris.

Mariner’s Harbor Library • Monday, July 1 •  4pm
Space! The Cosmos for Kids is a techno-space-dance-party for children of all ages. Kids will meet aliens from outer space, sing about our solar system, participate in a rap battle with the sun and learn about the differences between revolution and rotation. Song will accompanied by hands-on, visual, and sensory experiences to help kids learn and have fun at the same time.