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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

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.

Date Little Bears Programs
September 12Books Books Books
September 19Bugs Bugs Bugs
September 26Autumn Colors
October 3Firefighters
October 10Apples & Pumpkins
October 24Animals at Night
October 31BOO-Happy Halloween (Wear your costume)
November 7Soup Soup Soup
November 14SHHHH The bears are sleeping
November 21Thanksgiving is for Family
December 5Winter is coming
December 12Storytime with Santa!

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.

Date Big Bears Programs
September 12Bugs Bugs Bugs
September 19Books Books Books
September 26Firefighters
October 3Autumn Colors
October 10Animals at Night
October 24Apples & Pumpkins
October 31BOO-Happy Halloween (Wear your costume)
November 7SHHHH The bears are sleeping
November 14Soup Soup Soup
November 21Thanksgiving is for Family
December 5Winter is coming
December 12Storytime with Santa!

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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 Presenter Book Author
November 12, 2013 Earl Finkler The Plague Albert Camus
A haunting tale of human resilience in the face of unrelieved horror, Camus' novel about a bubonic plague ravaging the people of a North African coastal town is a classic of twentieth-century literature.
January 14, 2014 Jim Elliott Living Well Is The Best Revenge Calvin Tomkins
In this enchanting memoir, New Yorker writer Calvin Tomkins re-creates the privileged world of Gerald and Sara Murphy, two American originals who found themselves at the center of a charmed circle of artists and expatriate writers in France in the 1920's. Their home in Antibes, Villa America, served as a gathering place for Picasso and Leger as well as Hemingway and Fitzgerald, who used the glamorous couple as models for Dick and Nicole Diver in Tender Is the Night.
March 11, 2014 Gordy Ruesch My Double Life, Memories of a Naturalist Frances Hamerstrom
This is the charming memoir of one of the most remarkable women on the contemporary American scene. A trailblazer for her profession and her gender, Fran Hamerstron is an internationally known wildlife biologist and author, honored many times over for her work she is still vigorously pursuing in her late eighties. She married the tall, dark man of her dreams and she and Frederick N. Hamerstrom left the proper East to live and work and make conservation history in the Midwest.
May 13, 2014 Scott Stalheim The Hours Michael Cunningham
In The Hours Michael Cunningham, widely praised as one of the most gifted writers of his generation, draws inventively on the life and work of Virginia Woolf to tell the story of a group of contemporary characters struggling with the conflicting claims of love and inheritance, hope and despair. The narrative of Woolf's last days before her suicide early in World War II counterpoints the fictional stories of Samuel, a famous poet whose life has been shadowed by his talented and troubled mother, and his lifelong friend Clarissa, who strives to forge a balanced and rewarding life in spite of the demands of friends, lovers and family.

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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.

Please check back for the Summer Reading Program schedule next summer.

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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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