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ALL AGES PROGRAM

Summer Reading Program 2022: Oceans of Possibilities

The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is ready to help kids, teens, and adults engage with educational and entertaining activities this summer. The two-month program takes place June 1 – July 31, 2022, and features an array of free reading, learning, and entertainment for all ages. Unless otherwise noted, library programs are made possible from the generous support of the West Palm Beach Library Foundation.

ADULTS IN-PERSON PROGRAMS:

Florida Water Stories

Join Steve Noll, Master Lecturer at the University of Florida Department of History, as he discusses Florida’s long and difficult relationship with water and its attempts to turn land into water and water into land. He’ll also discuss the contentious issues involving the Everglades, Ocklawaha River, political battles with Alabama and Georgia, and the potential impact on sea-level rise.

Virtual Reality: Underwater Adventures

Experience the ocean like never before with virtual reality. Explore an underwater park, escape a sinking ship, or discover new coral reefs while learning more about how virtual reality works.

Sacred Waters: Exploring the Protection of Florida’s Fluid Landscapes

Dr. Victoria Machado will explore efforts to restore Florida’s waterways and investigate the motivations of environmentalists who love and advocate for them. Focusing on issues related to springs and the Everglades, dive into conversations that arise when Floridians view water as essential to their quality of life.

Soulful Stitching

Want to learn some basic sewing techniques? Want a meditative place to stitch with other sewists? Join fiber artist Kianga Jinaki as she leads the first Soulful Stitching class! This new monthly event will provide expert and beginner sewists a place to stitch, chat, and create something beautiful.

Artist Spotlight: Chessy Ricca

Bonefish, and grouper, and bass, oh my! Join Chessy Ricca, local artist, historian, and fishing instructor, as she shows participants how to paint fish portraits.

The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans

Award-winning environmental journalist Cynthia Barnett will discuss her latest book, “The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and The Fate of the Oceans.” She will explore the long, rich, and surprisingly profound relationship between humans and seashells from Florida to the Bahamas, the Maldives, West Africa, and beyond. With her engaging account of an aspect of nature and culture long hidden in plain sight, Barnett illuminates the beauty and wonder of seashells as well as the human ingenuity and scientific solutions they represent for our warming world.

TEEN IN-PERSON PROGRAMS:

Teen Small Group Tutoring: Math

For teens entering grades 6-12 in August. Get extra help in 45-minute small group tutoring sessions with a certified teacher. Teens entering grades 6-12 may choose one session per week.

Small Group Tutoring: Reading

For teens entering grades 6-12 in August. Get extra help in 45-minute small group tutoring sessions with a certified teacher. Teens entering grades 6-12 may choose one session per week.

Ukulele Club

Teens will learn the basics of the ukulele. Beginners are welcome, and no prior knowledge is necessary. Instruments will be provided for the program.

The Artist in You

Teens can join artist Dahlia Perryman for weekly art sessions. Teens and tweens will use different mediums to discover their own creativity and make a unique piece of art to take home.

CHILDREN IN-PERSON PROGRAMS:

Small Group Tutoring: Reading

For kids entering grades 1-5 in August. Get extra help in reading in 45-minute, small group tutoring sessions with a certified teacher. Children entering grades 1-5 may choose up to two sessions per week.

Small Group Tutoring: Math

For kids entering grades 1-5 in August. Get extra help in math in 45-minute, small group tutoring sessions with a certified teacher. Children entering grades 1-5 may choose up to two session per week.

Book Club: 2nd & 3rd Grades

Do you love reading and having fun with friends? Join Ms. Stacey on Monday afternoons as we read and talk about some great books.

Book Club: 4th & 5th Grades

Are you going to be in 4th or 5th grade? Do you love reading and having fun with friends? Join Ms. Stacey on Monday afternoons as we read and talk about “Julieta and the Diamond Enigma” by Luisana Duarte Armendariz.

Summer Break Soccer

Kids ages 2-5 will learn how to play soccer through interactive stories with a certified coach.

Creepy Crawlies with the Cox Science Center

For families with children ages 2-5. Join the Cox Science Center and become an entomologist. Learn where bugs live, how they eat, and how they help our environment. Examine and touch live species of bugs!

What’s Cooking Kids

For families with children ages 2-5. Join What’s Cooking Kids for a special introductory cooking class for toddlers and preschoolers. Learn kitchen basics in this fun, interactive class, and enjoy some special treats, too!

 

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