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*2015 SUMMER READING PROGRAM*        (click here for full details)


       The Plainville Public Library Children’s Department is pleased to offer this year’s Summer Reading Programs, “Every Hero Has a Story” for pre-readers and readers up through grade 5, and “Unmasked” for students entering grades 6-12. 

       This community-wide literacy initiative features incentives and fun family programs all in an effort to encourage reading throughout the summer.

Research has shown that gains in reading proficiency throughout the school year can be lost when children cease to read over the months when school is no longer in session, a phenomenon known as “summer slide.”  The cumulative effect of losing three months of reading skills each summer can result in a middle school student being behind by as much as two years!  Reading loss or gain each year has been shown to be tied to reading during school breaks.  Therefore, the key to preventing summer reading loss and its cumulative effects is having children read throughout the summer.

        While reading is its own reward, the library turns summer reading into a game through the Summer Reading Program.  Sign-ups begin on Monday, June 22, and the program lasts through August 14th.  Participants in the “Every Hero Has a Story” program are asked to read 20 minutes a day; for every seven days of reading, participants can earn a prize.  Additionally, in order to encourage children to check out books throughout the summer, each library visit checkout will earn the children a raffle ticket for fun family prizes.  Participants in the “Unmasked” program will be entered into a weekly raffle drawing for every book read and reviewed.

         The Plainville Library Children’s Department has put together a full schedule of activities to be offered over the course of the reading program, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Plainville Public Library.  Our kickoff event takes place on Thursday, June 25th, 6:30 PM when Animal Embassy visits us for its live animal show – this all-ages program is not to be missed!!  Visit our website at or stop by the Children’s Department to see the full lineup of summer programs.  Our goal is to make everyone’s summer reading full of fun! 

       The Children’s Department staff is here to answer your questions and help you find just the right books and materials for your summer reading needs.  We look forward to seeing you at the Plainville Public Library!!!




 Concert Under the Stars


 Peter and Maryjane Peluso along with vocalist Reilly Lincavicks will present an informal concert under the stars at the Plainville Public Library on Friday, July 31 at 7:00 p.m. in the library’s sunken patio outside the children’s room.  Pianist, Maryjane Peluso will play music by Spanish composer Enrique Granados and Peter Peluso will perform selections from the accordion repertoire, including Vittoirio Monti’s “Czardas” and “The Original Boogie Woogie” by Pinetop Smith.  Reilly Vincavicks will sing highlights from the American musical theater.


            The Pelusos are both music teachers from Plainville and give private lessons.  They have produced and directed numerous concerts and musical theater programs in Plainville for many years.  The program is free.  The concert will be moved to the library’s auditorium in case of bad weather.


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    Summer Photography Classes



             The Plainville Public Library will hold a series of free photography classes in July and August for students in grades 7 to 12.  The free classes will be taught by a Judy Humphrey, a retired photojournalist and publicist.  The classes are scheduled for Thursday mornings 10:00-11:30 from July 9 to August 6.  They will include: an introduction to photography, 3 field trips to nearby towns for photo shoots and a class on naming, matting and framing photos.  The pictures will be displayed at the New Britain Museum of American Art over the weekend of August 21 with an opening reception on Thursday August 20.


            The class is limited to 10 students. Students may use any digital camera or smart phone for the class.  The library can provided a limited number of digital cameras for students who don’t have one.  Registration for the classes is open currently.  Students need to fill out a Registration/ Parental Permission form to enroll that can be obtained from the library. The class is a cooperative effort of the Plainville Library, Snappy Seniors Photo Club and the Plainville Recreation Dept. The classes are sponsored by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain. 


            Call the library at 860-793-1446 for more information.




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