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Build a Better World

Summer Reading 2017
Build a Better World

The library is the perfect place for children and families to become empowered to build a better world. This summer’s theme makes use of the universal appeal of creating and building.  Through books, programs, and many STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities, participants will discover new ways of looking at the world around them.  Just as skyscrapers are built to great heights, one brick at a time, participants will find themselves reaching for the stars through hands-on learning experiences this summer.  We can learn how to imagine and build a better world!

We couldn't offer a full schedule of free family fun without help from generous community sponsors.  Thank you for valuing literacy and for caring about our kids!

Gold Level Sponsors
New Carlisle Chrysler - Chris Tobey Auto Group

Taylor Tool & Die
Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken
New Carlisle Federal Savings Bank
Arrow Queen
Cairns Toys 
The Dayton Dragons
McDonald's of Park Layne
New Carlisle Family Practice
571 Grill & Drafthouse - Brandy and Tim Juday
​Mel-O-Dee Restaurant
Teresa & Rick Baker
Friends of the New Carlisle Public Library
Cindy Gulden

Who Can Play?
Kids of any age (birth - age eighteen) can participate in Build a Better World.  Families with children too young to read may track time spent listening to stories.

The Summer Reading program begins Thursday, June 1, 2017 and ends Friday, July 21, 2017.

How to Start for Pre-Readers?
Pick up a pre-readers activity sheet when you sign up at the library.  Signup opens at Noon on Thursday, June 1, but you can sign up anytime before Friday, July 14.  Complete each activity and return the sheet (just one sheet) for a prize from our treasure box, raffle tickets, and coupons.  
Coupon packets may be picked up June 6 - July 21, 2017.

How to Start for Readers?
Pick up a Build a Better World folder when you sign up at the library.  Signup opens at Noon on Thursday, June 1, but you can sign up anytime before Friday, July 14.  Each circle in your folder equals 1 hour of reading.  When you've read for five hours, come in for a prize from our treasure box.  When you've read for 10 hours, you've completed the program!  Return your folder (just one folder) to the library for a 2nd prize from the treasure box, raffle tickets, and coupons. 
Coupon packets may be picked up June 6 - July 21, 2017.

How to start for Teens (5th - 12th grade)?
Pick up your teen reading log when you sign up at the library.  Signup opens at Noon on Thursday, June 1, but you can sign up anytime before Friday, July 14.  Color a book for every ten minutes of reading.  When you've colored in all the books, return your teen log (just one log) for coupons.  Your log becomes your entry into the raffle drawing of your choice:  1) a Kindle Fire   2) a $100 VISA gift card  3) a basket full of school supplies.  Coupon packets may be picked up June 6 - July 21, 2017.

How to start for Adults (anyone 18 and older)?
Join the New Carlisle Library on a trip this summer with your Library Passport!  Anyone 18 and older is welcome to complete up to two Passports as raffle entries for a Kindle Fire and other wonderful prizes. 
Completing the Passport involves:

  • Receiving 6 stamps for reading books, one stamp per book.  These should include one each of mystery, fiction, non-fiction/biography, and three others of your choosing.
  • Receiving 6 stamps for activities.  Join us for these amazing events and activities at the New Carlisle Library, and get a stamp in your Passport for each one!  Each of these actions is worth ONE Activity stamp, and each action can only be used once:
    - Download an e-book through OverDrive (see the front desk for details)
    - Try an online resource (Fantastic Fiction, Goodreads, NoveList)
    - Post a review of a book you have read to our Facebook page
    - Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads
    - Attend any adult program, including book clubs, special talks, or other events scheduled at the library
    - Complete one of the following activities in the library:
         - Complete an "Architectural Wonders Fill-in-the-blank" (June 1- 10)
         - Design a book cover (June 13-24)
         - Complete the "US Building and Landmark" quiz (June 27-July 8)
         - Complete the "Architectural Wonders Crossword (July 11-22)

Once it is filled, return your Passport (with your name and phone number) to the Library and wait to see what you've won!  As always, check the library website and our internal bulletin boards for activities that may interest you, and have a wonderful summer of reading!

​Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.  Shake, Rattle & Roll  (We will meet June 6, 13, 20, 27 and July 11, 18)
Children ages 1-3, and an actively participating caregiver, will enjoy stories, songs, dancing, shaky eggs, finger plays, felt boards, musical instruments, and a simple art activity.

Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.  Music & Movement  (We will meet June 7, 14, 21, 28 and July 5, 12, 19)
Enjoy stories, songs, movement & dancing, scarves, felt boards, finger plays, musical instruments, a simple art activity, and, sometimes, parachute play!  Best for children 3-6, but all are welcome.

Reading Buddies
We are looking for students in grades K-4 who would like to practice their reading this summer, with the help and support of a teen reading buddy.  Teen volunteers and their younger buddies will meet on Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m. to work on reading skills and sight words together.  We will meet on these Tuesdays:  June 6, 13, 20, 27 and July 11 & 18, 2017.  Parents must remain in the Children's Library to supervise children under the age of ten.  Please pre-register for this program.  Contact the Children's Library via email,, or leave a voice mail, 937-845-3601, ext. 207.

Special Events
Enjoy special guest performances including programs from COSI, Newport Aquarium, Erica Carlson, Brukner Nature Center, the Turtle Lady, Animal Tales, Ohio Chautauqua, and Lea Craine, along with weekly story and craft times.  Registration for these free special events opens on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

  • Thursday, June 1, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Summer Reading Kick-Off with professional balloon sculptor, Erica Carlson.  
    Your children will love a custom balloon animal!
  • Friday, June 2, 1:00 p.m.  *Beginner Robotics with COSI (must pre-register, limit of 30 children in grades 1-4.)  
    Registration opens Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
    Explore engineering with a representative from COSI.  Participants will learn how to build their own LEGO WeDo robot!
  • Friday, June 2, 2:30 p.m. *Gadgets to Go with COSI (must pre-register, limit of 30 children in grades 1-6.)  
    Registration opens Tuesday, May 16, 2017.  
    The excitement of engineering, force and motion, and mechanics hits the road in this energizing hands-on workshop. We'll explore energy -- at work in the world around us -- and how it flows through conductors.  You'll dream it and build it with awe-inspiring Blue Blocks and construct magnetic marble-run roller coasters, program real robots, construct circuits to make music, and even design, build, test, and redesign to create a recycled floating contraption in our five-foot-tall wind tube!  
  • Wednesday, June 7, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. *Reading in Nature:  Pepe Lepew (must pre-register). 
    Registration opens Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
    This program is offered by the Clark County Park District and will meet at Smith Park.
    Ewww!  What is that smell?  If you smell something funky in your backyard, it may be that furry, black and white creature with the big, bushy tail...the skunk!  What makes this "guy" so unique?
  • Thursday, June 8, 1:30 p.m. *Build a Fairy Garden for Teens (must pre-register, limit of 8 teens in grades 5-12.)
    Use our supplies to create a little piece of magic to take home!  Registration opens Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
  • Friday, June 9, 11:00 a.m. Meet a Live Penguin from Newport Aquarium!
    Do you want a penguin to waddle around you?  Then this is the program for you!  The Newport Aquarium will visit the library and bring a live African Penguin along with animal artifacts and discuss everything penguin.  Bring your camera!
  • Tuesday, June 13, 10:00 a.m.  The Ohio Chautauqua Presents:  Prehistoric People - How Primitive Were They? 
    In this hands-on workshop, Chief Cornstalk (as portrayed by Dan Cutler) shares his extensive collection of natural items and replica tools made in the manner of the prehistoric peoples of the Ohio country. Participants will compare Native tools with tools used by settlers and frontiersmen.  Which seem more effective?  Which are more practical?  What did the native peoples make out of rocks, sticks, and animal parts?  (Almost everything!)  During this workshop, Chief Cornstalk will talk about home life in the Native villages, share fire-starting techniques, explore games played by pre-Columbian boys and girls, and examine the important roles played by the "three sisters" -- corn, beans, and squash.  By adapting to the "modern" 18th-c world, the First Americans may have lost more than they gained.
  • Thursday, June 15, 1:30 p.m. *Build a Family Fairy Garden (must pre-register; each family will work on one garden as a team project)
    Use our supplies to create a little piece of magic to take home!  Registration opens Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
  • Friday, June 16, 11:00 a.m.  The Turtle Lady
    Laugh and learn with the Turtle Lady as she shares her passion for turtles. Participants will get plenty of touching time with more than 20 turtles, some bearded dragons, corn snakes and an amphibian or two!
  • Thursday, June 22, 4:30 p.m. Animal Tales presents Animal Architects.  
    Animal Architects features a variety of exotic animals from across the globe that utilize very unique abilities to build and construct as part of survival in the wild.  Come see the live animals and hear their stories! 
  • Friday, June 23, 11:00 a.m.  Worm Racing  
    New Carlisle's premier racing event!  Find a worm, give him a name, and test him for speed on the library's special race track.  Please bring a worm with you to the track.
  • Wednesday, June 28, 11:00 a.m.  Hear the Story, Meet the Author
    Author and illustrator Chad Seymour will read and sign his latest children's picture book, How Parrots Became Pirates.
    For Jill and Will, time spent with Uncle Bill is always interesting, to say the least!  One day, as the two kids are playing pirate, a simple question leads to a fantastic tale of high seas excitement and silliness and at last… an answer to the question: “Just how did parrots become pirates?”
  • Wednesday, June 28, 1:30 p.m. *Build a Tin Can Robot and a Tongue Depressor Catapult (must pre-register)
    Must pre-register; limit of 14 kids, 4th and 5th grade only
    Under the direction of Ms. Nancy Dyer, 4th and 5th graders will build a tin can robot pencil holder (this is a non-working robot) and a catapult made from tongue depressors!
    To register, please call 845-3601 or email
  • Thursday, June 29, 4:00 p.m.  Anime & Manga Club for Teens
    Like to read or create manga, watch anime, or cosplay? 
    Meet other teens who share your Crunchyroll anime episodes!
  • Friday, June 30, 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.  Brukner Nature Center presents Wildlife Encounters.  
    Learn about three different wild animals with Brukner's experienced naturalists. 
  • Wednesday, July 5, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.  *Reading in Nature:  Winged Wonders (must pre-register)
    Registration opens Tuesday, May 16.
    This program is offered by the Clark County Park District and will meet at Smith Park.
    Butterflies are in full swing this time of year!  Find out what butterflies live in your neck of the woods.  See some preserved butterflies up close so you can find them on your own.
  • Thursday, July 6, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.  Pokémon League
    Calling all Pokemon Trainers!  Bring your Pokemon cards or Nintendo DS/3DS to trade cards, battle your Pokemon, and enjoy time with other trainers. 
  • Friday, July 7, 11:00 a.m.  Sounds Like Science with Michelle White.  
    Enjoy a STEM summer with smashing science experiments and more!
  • Thursday, July 13, 1:30 p.m.  *No-Sew Fleece Pillows for Teens (must pre-register)
    Make a cozy fleece pillow for yourself or as a gift without any sewing!
    This program is for teens in grades 5-12.
    Please pre-register; registration opens Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
  • Friday, July 14, 1:30 p.m.  Lea Craine's Comedy Magic Show with Picasso the Turtle!
    Lea Craine presents a hilarious, fast-paced show great for a wide range of ages.  You will find lots of participation and laughter as Lea uses a variety of ideas and tricks to find her live box turtle, Picasso.  Meet and greet with "the world's most charming turtle" after the show!  
  • Thursday, July 20, 4:00 p.m. *Building Challenge
    Build with our LEGO bricks....compete in our building challenge!  Play Minecraft on the big screen.....
  • Thursday, July 27, 4:00 p.m.  Anime & Manga Club for Teens
    Like to read or create manga, watch anime, or cosplay? 
    Meet other teens who share your Crunchyroll anime episodes!
  • Wednesday, August 2, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.  *Reading in Nature:  Those Masked Bandits (must pre-register)
    Registration opens Tuesday, May 16.  This program will be held at the New Carlisle Public Library, 111 E. Lake Ave.
    The infamous raccoon is known for many reasons: getting into the trash, nesting in our chimneys and even breaking into houses.  But...they are also one of the smartest mammals in Ohio.  Learn about these clever, furry creatures!