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Summer fun continues

The Pages Through the Ages summer reading program explores the last decade of the 20th Century and the previous millennium in its look at the 1990s.  With Drop-in Summer Crafts on Monday, Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., kids of all ages will be making small dinosaurs to take home (think Jurassic Park); Drop-in Story Times are for babies under 12 months through eight-year olds at various times on Tuesday, Aug. 6 depending on age groups — more information is available on the library’s website; Wonderful Wednesdays continue on Aug. 7 with Dinosaurs Rock!, from 3 to 4 p.m. for kids in grades K and up with caregivers; kids in grades 3 through 6 can attend Harry Potter Summer School from 9 to 5 on Thursday, Aug. 8 (see more below); and Friday, Aug. 9, Dancing Through the Decades, from 3 to 4 p.m. features Outrageous Dances of the ’90s for kids in grades K and up. The Coyle Family Young Readers Fund sponsors the crafts, Dinosaurs Rock and Dancing Through the Decades programs. Registration is required for Wonderful Wednesdays, Harry Potter School and Dancing through the Decades.

An un-likely club

The Un-Book Club (Not Just for Readers) takes place on Monday, Aug. 5, from 4 to 4:45 for kids in second grade and up. The club is designed for kids to listen to short books or hear excerpts from longer ones and then play games, make crafts and have fun based on the book. This week’s selection is Anansi and the Talking Melon retold by Eric Kimmel. Registration is required; there is no fee. The program is sponsored by the Sherman Family Fund.

Teen safety

Michael Robin, a certified defense instructor, conducts two safety workshops for teen girls and boys, called S.A.S.S. (Safety, Awareness & Street Smarts). Both programs are from 5 to 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Aug. 6, the girls’ session will be held and on Thursday, Aug. 8, the boys will get their turns. The program is designed for high school students and high school grads heading off to college. This is a fun and informative session on tips and techniques to prevent kids from becoming a “target.”  Michael has taught at the United Nations and on television and worked with groups ranging from Brownie troops to giant corporations. This unique program is based on Michael’s 15 years of listening to teenagers’ first-hand accounts of what works and what doesn’t. Kids will learn what to look and listen for, how to project confidence, and when to use their voices or move their feet to get them to safety. Registration is suggested.

A day at Hogwarts

Harry Potter spent his summers bored with the Dursleys, missing his Hogwarts classes and friends. Kids in grades 3 through 6 don’t have to suffer that fate. They can go to Harry Potter Summer School at the library on Thursday, Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This all-day event is a fund-raiser for the library, and fits right in with the 1990s decade in the Pages Through the Ages summer reading program. Kids will be sorted into one of the four houses — Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw — take Potions and Defense Against the Dark Arts classes, be treated to lunch in the Great Hall, and see a fascinating animal program attended by whooooooooo knows what kind of birds. Crafts, games and a trivia contest are all part of the fun.  Registration for this fund-raiser must be done in person. The fee is $55 per person and is payable at the time of registration.

To register for any programs at the library, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 243 for teen events or ext. 217 for children’s activities.