Summer Reading Program

Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!  Summer Reading Program 2011 is here and sure to be a hit with royalty of every age.  Forsyth Public Library invites you to partake in A Midsummer Knight’s Read, a royal adventure for all.

It has been decreed that fantastic prizes will be awarded to Pages (ages 2-5), Squires (ages 6-8), Nobles (ages 9-12), and Lords ‘n Ladies (adults) as they read their way through the summer. Squires is a new reading group, designed for early elementary readers, ages 6-8. Teens will have their own special reading program, plus a Teen Quest contest with a weekly prize drawing and two special programs. Start counting your reading hours as soon as you register at the Forsyth Public Library, beginning May 31.   Prizes can be picked up until July 30. 

A Midsummer Knight’s Read goes beyond reading.  Tuesdays in June and July feature programs for all ages, Thursdays in June include storytimes for Pages (formerly the “Littles”, ages 2-5), and Wednesdays in July provide opportunities for creating works of art worthy of display in any castle. 

Check out the program descriptions presented here and on the Forsyth Public Library website at Questions?  Call the library at 877-8174 or contact us at

Parents: How important is your child’s participation in a summer reading program? Recent studies have confirmed what educators have long observed. Reading during the summer greatly enhances language skills by reinforcing what has been learned during the school year. Students returning to school after a summer that includes reading are better prepared to learn. Reading as a family makes a great way to spend time during long summer days. 

Forsyth Public Library Photo Policy
The library regularly photographs participants during programs and special events.  Photos may be used in library displays, on the library webpage, or in the annual scrapbook of library summer activities.

Tuesday Afternoon Library Programs

All ages invited; no registration required

Knight for Hire, Karl Kindt III

Tuesday, June 7, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Dressed in authentic shining armor, real knight Karl Kindt III helps kick off A Midsummer Knight’s Read with an afternoon of medieval fact and fancy.   Medieval tales have fascinated for centuries, but what do we really know about knights and knighthood?  Karl will test our knowledge and separate fact from fiction.  Special guest Mayor Gilbert will play an important role in the program.  It’s a very royal start to a summer of fun at the library.

Serengeti Steve’s Reptile Experience

Tuesday, June 14, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

He’s back and he’s not alone.  Serengeti Steve’s Reptile Experience returns to Forsyth with an entourage of creature pals.   Steve’s friends range from the small and lethal (remember the tarantula?) to the large and ugly (the anaconda).  In keeping with our medieval theme, this year’s show includes dragons, including a relative of the legendary Komodo dragon.  Join us for a truly riveting afternoon.

Midsummer Celebration

Tuesday, June 21, 2:00-3:00 pm

Summer solstice, the longest day of the year, has been celebrated throughout history and in medieval times was often marked with festivals and fairs. Come welcome summer at our own Midsummer Celebration featuring a variety of activities.

Richard Landry’s Touch of Magic

Tuesday, June 28, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Forsyth favorite Richard Landry and his white rabbit Snowball present “The Librarian King and The Lost Dragon.”  You won’t want to miss a moment of this comedy-magic program starring magician Landry and his furry pal.  Together they’ll put a smile on your face and lots of fun in your afternoon.

Juggling ‘Round the World with Laura Ernst

Tuesday, July 5, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

From America’s Got Talent to Forsyth Public Library!  Laura Ernst will blow you away with her high-energy family-friendly show.  Laura performs amazing stunts from around the world, including juggling, hula-hoops, and a human-sized hamster ball.  Let the fun begin!

Ancient Falconry in the Modern World

Tuesday, July 12, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Humans have been hunting with birds of prey for thousands of years.  Popular in medieval times as a pastime of the noble classes, falconry is still practiced today.  The Illinois Raptor Center demonstrates the art and beauty of this royal sport.

Mad Science: A Midsummer’s Knight’s Read

Tuesday, July 19, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Bubbling Potions … Magical Chameleon Water … The Great Escape … Is it medieval magic? No! It’s mad science! Mad Science of St. Louis brings an entertaining twist to our medieval theme with an awe-inspiring program combining magic and science.

Farewell to Summer

Tuesday, July 26, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Pages, squires and nobles are summoned to the royal grounds of the Forsyth Public Library to enjoy lunch, games and prizes as we bid farewell to the summer reading program for another year. Lords and ladies are also welcome.

Special Programs for “Pages” ~ ages 2-5

Special programs are planned for the youngest summer reading program members, the “Pages,” also known as the “Littles.”  Each themed program consists of read-alouds, a craft, a special game or activity, and light refreshment.  Please inform the library of any food allergies or special diet needs your child has.  Parents are encouraged to attend and assist their child with the craft. Special Programs for Pages are primarily offered on Thursday mornings, but a special program has been added for the evening of Tuesday, June 28. Registration is required for each program.  Please call the library (877-8174) if your child is unable to attend a program for which he/she is registered.

A Royal Invitation

Thursday, June 9, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Young princes and princesses from across the kingdom are invited to gather at the Forsyth Public Library for stories and fun.   The king and his court await your arrival!

Royal Nursery Rhymes

Thursday, June 16, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

From Old King Cole to the Queen of Hearts, nursery rhymes are full of royal characters. Bring your merry old soul to the library for some Mother Goose fun.

Midsummer Freeze

Thursday, June 23, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

This week is midsummer, with the longest day of the year, so of course we will be talking about … snowmen? That’s right – we are enjoying a Midsummer Freeze, with stories of snowmen that don’t know what season it is!

A Little Knight Reading

Tuesday, June 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Prepare yourself for adventure as we take a light-hearted look at the brave knights of yesteryear. Join us on this quest for fun, heroism, and shining armor. Please note that this program is scheduled for Tuesday evening.

Dragon Tales

Thursday, June 30, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Dragons come in all shapes, sizes and temperaments. We’ll go on a dragon hunt and meet some of the friendly ones. Our very own library dragon is expected to drop by for pictures so you can prove you met one of these mystical creatures.

Special Events

Youth Garden 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 10:00-12:00
All Ages, No registration necessary

Last year’s Youth Garden was such a success that we asked members of the Garden Club of Decatur to help us plant another this year. Come help create a beautiful flower garden in front of the library. The library will provide the plants; the Garden Club will provide the expertise. All you need to bring is your enthusiasm. In case of rain on June 8, another planting date will be announced.

Family Fest Parade

Saturday, June 18, 9:00 a.m.
All Ages, Registration is required.

Summer readers of all ages are invited to join members of the library staff as we cruise through Forsyth on the library’s float during the annual Family Fest Parade.  Children must be pre-registered, with a parental permission form on file.  The first 20 children to sign up will receive special T-shirts to wear that morning.  

Chocolate Extravaganza

Thursday, June 23, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Ages 13 and up, registration is required

It’s the treat fit for a king (or queen!). Chocolate lovers are invited to enjoy all things chocolate at our Chocolate Extravaganza. Discover your inner chocolate snob at a chocolate tasting and win KING sized candy bars while playing chocolate bingo. If you like chocolate, you will love this event.

Minute to Win It

Thursday, July 14, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Ages 13 and up, registration is required

Are you a game show contestant wannabe? Show off your hidden talents at the Forsyth Public Library version of “Minute to Win It.” Challenge your friends, race the clock, and prove you have what it takes to complete crazy tasks in just one minute. Competition, laughs, snacks: Find it all here!

Teen’s Summer Quest

Ages 13 and up, no registration required

Stop by the library each week to spy a new visual clue. Your quest? Identify the Forsyth location pictured and enter into a weekly prize drawing.

VolunTeen Pizza Party

Thursday, July 28, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

All teens who have served as volunteers throughout the summer are invited to attend this annual “thank you” party held just for them.  Come be treated like royalty as we eat, drink and be merry.  Registration required.

Art Academy

Great news! Art Academy is back! We know you missed it, so we are bringing back three sessions of art projects with medieval roots. Completed projects may be displayed in the library through the summer and may be picked up after August 31. Ages 7 and up, registration is required.

Blowin’ in the Wind

Wednesday, July 6, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Regina Rhodes from Next of Kiln pottery studio in Mt. Zion will bring all the supplies young artists need to create ceramic wind chimes.  Completed projects will be taken to the studio to be fired and then returned to Forsyth Public Library on July 20.

Illuminated Manuscripts

Wednesday, July 13, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Long ago, books were written by hand and each one was an individual work of art. Jenny Cowgill of Maroa will lead young artists in creating crayon wax resist projects in the style of these medieval illuminated manuscripts.  Artists will have the option of taking their projects home that day or leaving them to be displayed in our library “gallery” until the end of summer reading.  As time permits, participants may also be able to create works of art suitable for adding to the library’s flower garden.  

Woven Tapestries

Wednesday, July 20, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Yarn and fabric combine to create unique textile designs when Jenny returns for the third session.  Reminiscent of the tapestries decorating the walls of ancient castles, the completed project may be taken home at the end of the session or left to be displayed until the end of summer reading.

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