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Library Hours:
Mon.-Th. 9AM-8PM
Fri. 9AM-6PM
Sat. 9AM-2:30PM
Closed Saturdays, from Memorial Day to Labor Day

Programs and Events

FOL Readers' Group Book | Story time Fridays | Summer Reading Program | 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten | LEGO Club

Summer Reading Program

Each summer, the Frances L. Simek Memorial Library, Medford, and the Jean M. Thomson Memorial Library in Stetsonville host the Summer Library Programs in cooperation with the Medford Area Public Schools. The hour-long sessions include stories and crafts.

The 2015 Summer Reading Program theme is Superheroes: Every Hero Has a Story

Be a superhero! Win prizes for every book, e-book, and magazine you read between June 15- July 31 this summer. All ages are welcome to earn prizes and attend programs.

Medford Area Public Schools Monday Summer Programs

Stories and Crafts held on Mondays at 1pm - Frances L. Simek Memorial Library in Medford

Monday June 15 "Every Hero Fills a Bucket"Nancy Hemmer
Monday June 22"Superheroes to the Rescue"Melissa Gehrken
Monday June 29"Be an Environmental Hero"Margo Swedlund
Monday July 6"Every Scientist Has a Story"Kathy Schumacher
Monday July 13"Animal Heroes"Paula Klemm
Monday July 20"Firefighters to the Rescue"Nicole Buechel

Kickoff Friday June 19 at 1pm Soda Pup Dog Show with Jack Zolkowski
Dog stunts and tricks

Medford Recreation Commission Presentations

Presentations held Wednesdays at 1pm at the Frances L. Simek Memorial Library

Wednesday June 24David LandauMusic
Wednesday July 1Medford Police DepartmentMedford PD will show off their vehicles and equipment *** Popsicles***
Wednesday July 8Professor Marvel's Magic Magic
Wednesday July 15Jason HunekeJuggler
Wednesday July 22Superhero Scott Woller
Wednesday July 29Dino's Nature's NicheLive animals from around the world!
Nature's Niche program

Super Hero Finale
Friday July 31st at 11:30am - Sponsored by the Medford Library Foundation
Little Ceasar's Pizza Party and Super Hero Games!
DJ Sarah Hamland- Le Maestra Music

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Story Time Fridays

Story Time Fridays are for children ages 2 through 5 years old. It is the mission of Story Time to provide a high quality, developmental and age-appropriate, literature-based, group story time for preschool children in a library. Please select the program best suited to your child(ren)'s age(s).

Story time activities are held during the school year. If there is no school, there is no story time.

Little Bears: 10:30 am in the large conference room.

This 20-minute program is designed for two and three year olds. The program brings young children and their parents or caregivers together in a library setting. For many, this is a new experience. Some children may participate, while others may be content to just observe. All adults are expected to participate and encourage the children to join in the fun.

The program will feature picture books, songs, finger plays, puppets, and flannel boards. Since attention spans are short for kids this age, the stories are short and simple.

Big Bears: 10:30 am in the small conference room.

This 30 minute program is designed for BIG KIDS four and five years old as they attend story time on their own. By this age, children can do more things by themselves, such as listen to stories quietly, participate in activities, follow directions and complete crafts. Parents and caregivers do not accompany their preschoolers in the story room, but are asked to remain in the library during the session.

Story time features picture books, songs, finger plays, puppets, flannel boards, games and craft activities.

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The LEGO club meets Saturdays once a month in the large conference room from 10:00am - 11:00am. It's open to elementary aged children with no pre-registration.
Scheduled dates are:

  • September 13
  • October 11
  • November 8
  • January 10
  • February 14
  • March 14
  • April 14

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FOL Readers' Group Book Discussion

The Friends of the Library Readers' Group hosts book discussions throughout the year. The discussions are open to the public and are held on the second Tuesday, every other month from September through May at 7:00 pm. The books are available at the library. Everyone is welcome!

Library Reader's Group
Date Book Author
March 10, 2015 City of Thieves David Benioff
April 16, 2015 Invention of Wings Sue Monk Kidd
May 21, 2015 Winter Garden Kriten Hannah
June 18, 2015 Boys in the Boat Daniel James Brown
July 16, 2015 The Whip Karen Kondazin
August 20, 2015 What She Left Behind Ellen Marie Wiseman
September 17, 2015 Lila Marilynne Robinson
October 15, 2015 The Passage Justin Cronin
November 19, 2015 The All Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion Fannie Flagg
December 17, 2015 Christmas Party! Bring snacks and a wrapped book  
January 16, 2016 Escape from Camp 14 Blaine Harden

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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

You and your child can undertake this wonderful adventure. It is an exciting activity that will provide your child with a strong foundation for learning and reading for the rest of his or her life!

How this Program Works:

  1. Enroll your child at the Frances L. Simek Memorial Library and receive your 1,000 Book Before Kindergarten Journal.
  2. Check out books from the Frances L. Simek Memorial Library and read them with your child. Don't forget to record these books in your journal. Only books check out at the Frances L. Simek Memorial Library are valid for this program.
  3. After each set of 100 books you and your child read and record, bring your journal to the library to receive a prize.
  4. When you and your child have read and recorded your 1,000th book, take your journal to the library for your final rewards!

1,000 books sounds like a lot but when you break down numbers, you can see just how easy this goal can be to accomplish! By reading one book a day with your child, you can reach this goal in less than 3 years. To reach this goal in one year, you and your child would need to read an average of 2 3/4 books every day.

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