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Main Line Summer Library Events

With everything from Minecraft coding, to the science of music, to make-and-take crafts, there’s something for everyone this summer at your local library.

I’ve always considered the library a gift. My boys and I have borrowed thousands of books, attended dozens of story times, explored music, nature, and art, and even had impromptu playdates with new friends.  

 

With summer about to be in full swing, and the kids looking for something to do, I encourage you to log on, stop in, or check out your local library.  Yes, you’ll find traditional summer reading programs — the kind where you read so many books, or for so much time, and earn prizes — but these days our public library system is going above and beyond. June, July, and August are full of unique and educational opportunities at libraries up and down the Main Line. Let this curated list be your guide to all the fun.  

June

Super Smash Bros Tournament of Champions

June 9, 10:30 am — 3:30 pm

Chester County Library, Struble Room, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton

 

Join us for a day filled with fun and games at the Library. Registrations for the Super Smash Bros Tournament Qualifier #1 begin at 9:30 am on a first come first serve basis. Registration is limited to 64 participants.  There will be more qualifying tournaments held on July 21 and August 18, with the finals on September 15.

Hoppy Saturday: Intro to Pet Rabbits and Rabbit Rescue 

June 9, 11 am — noon

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood

 

Luv-N-Buns Rescue will visit for a Meet and Greet with live pet rabbits. Families will learn about animal rescue and how to properly handle and care for pet bunnies. There will be lots of opportunities to pet the bunnies! Best for kids in grades K-5 with their families. Registration is required and opens on 6/2.

Music Fun

June 11, 10:30 — 11 am

Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne

 

Dance and sing with Music Training Center of Ardmore. Start the week off with a bang, clang, and a do re mi!

School’s Out: Let’s Go WilMa 

June 12, 5:30 — 7:30 pm

Greentree Park, 21 Grubb Road, Malvern

 

Join Willistown Parks & Recreation and the Malvern and Paoli Libraries to kickoff the start of summer! Festivities include a DJ, face painting, pony rides, and more. All children in attendance can sign up for the Library’s Summer Quest and GO WilMa!

Make Wildflower Seed Paper

June 13, 11 am — 3 pm

Chester Springs Library, 1709 Art School Road, Chester Springs

 

A summer project for the whole family! The materials for this drop in project will be available between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. Recycled paper and a wildflower seed mix will be used in the paper project.

Meet a Berenstain Bear

June 15, 5 — 6 pm

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood

 

Meet Sister Bear and learn about financial literacy from The Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union. For kids preschool and older with an adult guardian/parent. Advance registration required and opens on June 7.

Stormtroopers Summer Kick-Off 

June 16, 10 am — noon

Atglen Public Library, 413 Valley Ave., Atglen

 

Members the 501st Battalion of Garrison Carida will be on-hand to encourage you to register for SummerQuest, our summer learning program. Refreshments and photo ops. Costumes encouraged.

Baking With a Drag Queen

June 16, 1 — 2 pm

Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford

 

Join to make peach cobbler with Miss June Peaches. Work along with June as you put together your own cobbler to bring home to bake. All ingredients and baking dish will be provided; please specify if you need dairy free ingredients. Registration required. An adult is required to remain in the program.

Paint Along with Rockdale Art 

June 20, 3 — 4 pm

Easttown Library, 720 First Ave., Berywn

 

Join the Rockdale Art Center as they show you how to paint your very own summer masterpiece.  Registration is required.

From Opera to Abba: Swedish Music for Kids 

June 21, 5 — 6 pm

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood

 

This rocking program will have kids dancing and singing to the music of Sweden. Children will learn and perform an opening operatic warm-up, collaborative choral song, fanfare fiddle craft & folk dance finale. For kids in grades 1-5 and their families. Registration is required and opens on June 14. 

Kid Power People Safety Workshop 

June 24, 2 — 3:30 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

This workshop provides an introduction to People Safety Skills for children ages 5-10 with their adult. Storytelling and interactive role-plays teach children simple but powerful skills to act aware and confident, set boundaries, stop unwanted touch, handle unkind words, get help from adults effectively, even when they are busy.  For children ages 5 – 10 with a caregiver. Registration is required.

Girls Science Camp

June 25, 10 am — noon

Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd

 

Back by popular demand, Marion and Aasha of the Bala Cynwyd Library will present another week of Girls Science Camp.  Appropriate for girls age 8-12. Registration is required as space is limited.

Eric Carle’s Birthday Celebration

June 25, 11 am — noon

Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd, Paoli

 

Today is author Eric Carle’s birthday! Which is your favorite? The Very Hungry Caterpillar? The Very Busy Spider? Come celebrate with crafts, stories, and fun! For children ages 3 to 6. Registration is required.

Cupcake Decorating 

June 25, 2 pm

Spring City Library, 245 Broad St., Spring City

 

Miss BJ from Confetti Mountain Tookies & Cakes will show us how to decorate summer-themed cupcakes. Registration is required. There is a $5 fee per child that must be paid by noon the day of the class.

Code-A-Pillar Race 

June 25, 2 — 3 pm, Ludington Library

5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

Meet our friendly Code-a-pillars, our friendly resident robots. Come program them for a fun race! Perfect for ages 3-6.

Family Stages Theatre Presents ‘Jungle Book’

June 27, 6 pm

Kennett Library, 216 State St., Kennett Square

 

Enjoy the unique, imaginative world of “Family Stages” at the library. This pair of multi-talented actors will bring The Jungle Book to life.

Bollywood Dance For Elementary School Students 

June 28, 10:30 — 11:30 am and noon — 1 pm

Chester Springs Library, 1709 Art School Road, Chester Springs

 

Learn Indian inspired dance moves.  For children in grades 1 through 4.

Try an Instrument with Bach to Rock

June 28, 2 — 2:15 pm

Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford

 

Have you ever wanted to try out a musical instrument? The musicians from Bach to Rock will play for you and then give you the chance to try out musical instruments. Please sign up for one 15 minute spot as we will be rotating friends in and out throughout the hour.

Science of Sound 

June 29, 1 — 2 pm

Atglen Public Library, 413 Valley Ave., Atglen

 

Join Librarian Caryn Lin and her electric violin as she demonstrates the Science of Sound. Audience participation!

Paper Airplane Racing 

June 30, 10 am

Avon Grove Public Library, 117 Rosehill Ave., West Grove

 

Learn to make paper airplanes and race your creations with family and friends!

Comedy Magic Show 

June 30 1 — 2 pm

Coatesville Area Public Library, 501 Lincoln Highway, Coatesville

 

Watch Stuart Rudnick perform breathtaking magic and innovative illusions. Combining magic, comedy, audience participation, and live animals, his program is a production! Free prizes for all children attending the show.

July

Pet Rock and Roll 

July 11, 2 pm

Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd

 

Come and design your own pet rock and roll along while we listen to fun music!  Appropriate for ages 8-12, registration is required as space is limited.

Philly Phairytales with Walnut Street Theatre Company 

July 11, 7 — 7:45 pm

Easttown Library, 720 First Ave., Berywn

 

Once upon a time in the city of brotherly love… Come for fractured fairy talse with a Philly twist. Cinderella loses her glass slipper running up the Art Museum steps. Perfect for K – 3 as we retell classic fairy tales with a unique flair that can only come from our city. Students will have a fun, silly, exciting theater experience where they will feel the great big heart that surrounds their hometown.

Kidzart

July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, 2 pm

Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd

 

Holly Meade of Kidzart will present a series of five drawing classes for our patrons aged 7-12.  Registration is required as space is limited.

Decorate a Beach Cup With Mudroom Studio

July 12, 6 — 7 pm

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood

 

Paint a beautiful ceramic piece at the library and pick it up after it has been fired in the kiln! For kids ages 7+. Registration is required and begins one week before the event on July 5. 

Toe Tapping Tunes for Time Travelers 

July 13, 11:30 am — 12:30 pm

Paoli Library, 18 Darby Road, Paoli

 

Learn about the rhythms of everyday life long ago! During this hour long program kids ages 5-10 will sing traditional American tunes, step into dance moves inspired by life in the 1800s, and compose a verse of their own about life today. Registration is required.

Rocking Spy 

July 16, 1 — 2 pm

Malvern Library, 1 E.  First Ave. #2, Malvern

 

Break secret codes, solve puzzles, escape the maze, and learn how to make your own cipher. For children entering grades 3-5.  Registration is required.

Magic Comedy Show

July 16, 6 pm

Kennett Library, 216 State St., Kennett Square

 

Come watch Craig’s Magic Comedy Show. His show is fast-paced, filled with original magic, music, audience participation, and comedy.

Animation and GarageBand 3-Day Workshop 

July 17, 18 and 19

Chester Springs Library, 1709 Art School Road, Chester Springs

 

Come for this three day workshop where you will animate a favorite story and add a soundtrack using GarageBand.  Participants must be between the grades of 4 and 9. Registration is required.

From Eggs to Legs 

July 18, 4:30 — 5:30 pm

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood

 

Riverbend Environmental Education Center visits to teach us all about the life cycles of frogs with the help of a live frog! For kids in grades k-3 with an adult. Registration is required and begins on July 11.

Mystic Drumz 

July 18, 7 — 8 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

This adventure in World Music blends multicultural music themes and interactive audience participation. Featuring incredible sound effects and eclectic instruments sourced from around the world. Meet all the hilarious characters who color the show with a splash of silly.

Artisan Market Fair 

July 21, 10 am — 3 pm

Kennett Library, 216 State St., Kennett Square

 

The library will transform into a summer marketplace for artists and craft persons for the day.

Henna Design 

July 24, 5 — 6:30 pm

Easttown Library, 720 First Ave., Berwyn

 

Learn about the art of henna and its design, and how to create small motifs with Swati Chaturvedi from Bollywood Dance Project. Registration is required.

Tunes and Tales 

July 26, 10:30 — 11:30 am

Oxford Library, 42 S. Second St., Oxford

 

This program features a combination of stories and musical performance to bring to life famous musicians and their music for all ages.

DIY Lip Balm with Urbanstead  

July 26, 7 — 8 pm

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood

 

Learn how to transform kitchen herbs into nourishing lip balm. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to make all natural lip balm using herbs that are easy to grow in a home garden! Each participant will take home two tubes of lip balm from this workshop. Open to kids ages 8+, as well as teens and adults. Space is very limited. Registration opens on 7/19.

Harry Potter Festival 

July 28, 11 am — 6 pm

Atglen Public Library, 413 Valley Ave., Atglen

 

Come for a big birthday bash for this iconic character. Live owls, magic show, magical marketplace. Free kids’ activities, including Potions and Herbology classes. There will be a Victory Beer garden, escape room, food trucks, bounce houses.  

Roots with Ruark

July 30 & August 6, 10:30 – 11:00 am Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne

 

Come join us as we dance and sing to the music of Roots with Ruark. Bring the family, you won’t be sorry!

Grins and Grins 

July 30, 6:30 — 7:30 pm

Henrietta Hankin Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs

 

Awesome, fun, fast-paced variety show with magic, juggling, and comedy for the entire family. No registration, but space is limited.

August

Eric Dasher’s Brain Wash Game Show

August 1, 7 — 8 pm

Easttown Public Library, 720 First Ave., Berwyn

 

Have you ever wanted to be a contestant on a game show? Here’s your chance. Join us for this interactive show including flashing lights, digital scoring, and lots of audience participation.

Geology Rocks! 

August 2, 1 — 2 pm

Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford

 

Learn how to identify rocks and minerals in this fun Geology program. You will be able to take home rocks and minerals to start our own rock collection.  Registration is required. This program is for children 8-12 years old.

Rock N’ Roll

August 6, 1 — 2 pm

Malvern Public Library, 1 E. First Ave. #2, Malvern

 

Use the Google Chrome music lab to create songs and beats. Then play a music guessing game. For children entering grades 3-5.  Registration is required.

Make it with Makey Makey 

August 7, 11 am — noon

Chester County Library, Struble Room, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton

 

Join us to explore basic electronics. Create circuits and switches, light up LEDs, and invent something out of the everyday objects around you. For ages from 6 to 12 years old. Registration is required.

Decoupage Fun 

August 14, 7 pm

Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd

 

Join Miss Cat as she guides our young patrons in the art of decoupage!  Children ages 8-12 are invited to participate. Registration is required.

Minecraft Coding

August 20, 2 — 3:30 pm and 6 — 7:30 pm

Chester County Library, Struble Room, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton

 

Minecraft, the popular video game, can also be used to learn coding! You will learn how to code by using Redstone, Minecraft’s version of electrical wiring. Attendees must be 9 years or order. Registration is required.

Family Music, Art and Me: World of Song 

August 18, 11:15 am — 12:15 pm

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood

 

Young children explore singing songs, musical concepts with a variety of instruments, rhythms, listening games and creative movement activities. Stories and simple art projects illustrate fun themes each week. For toddlers/preschoolers and their families.

Animals Rock! Live Animal Show 

August 22, 6 — 7 pm

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood

 

Did you know a wallaby has a special call for its baby, alligators make a boom sound in B-flat, and groundhogs whistle? We will discuss these and other surprising sounds animals use. See live, exotic animals in this exciting show! This program is for preschool age and up. Registration is required and begins on 8/15.

Jungle Joe Exotic Animal Show 

August 22, 7 pm

Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd

 

Jungle Joe’s Wildlife Adventures is an eco-adventure that spotlights some of the rarest and most exotic animals from around the world, including birds of prey, parrots, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.  Children and adults will learn about the fascinating diversity of wildlife and how to protect and preserve the world’s animals and environment. Appropriate for ages 5 and up, registration is required so please contact the library to sign up.

Unicorn Fair

August 25, 10 am — 1 pm

Downingtown Public Library, 122 Wallace Ave., Downingtown

 

Join in this fun-filled day of pony/unicorn rides, face painting, craft tables and special treats. $5 per family upon entrance. All proceeds benefit the library.

Amazing Aquatic Adventures 

August 30, 6:30 — 7:30 pm

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood

 

The Center for Aquatic Sciences (Adventure Aquarium) returns to teach us about the sounds/music that aquatic animals make! Meet animals like a horseshoe crab, frog, and possibly a gator! Registration is required and begins on 8/23.

 

 

Photograph by Sarah L. Bender. 

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