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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.

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The 2016 Summer Reading Program theme is On Your Mark, Get Set ... Read!

Medford Area Public Schools Monday Summer Programs

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

Monday June 13 "Minute to Win It"Nancy Hemmer
Monday June 20"Fabulous Fifties"Brenda Ann McNary
Monday June 27"“Up, Up and Away"The Swedlunds
Monday July 4NO PERFORMER - holiday week
Monday July 11"Power Up with Yoga"Paula Klemm
Monday July 18"Time to Fuel Your Engine"Beth Wesle
Monday July 25"Motion Commotion: Have a Ball"Kathy Schumacher

Medford Recreation Commission Presentations

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

Wednesday June 15Miller & MikeComedy & Juggling
Wednesday June 22Randy PetersonMusic
Wednesday June 29Scott Woller ?????
Wednesday July 6No Program
Wednesday July 13Jason LoveMagic
Wednesday July 20Aspirus Medford Ambulance
Wednesday July 27Nature's NicheLive Animals
Wednesday August 3Harry & CompanyPuppet Show

Fun Finale - Friday August 5 starting at 10:30am - Paula Hamman "Zumba Fun" - Games and Pizza to follow!

Figure It Out Friday Activities at 1pm
*****Rain or Shine*****

Activities focus on creation, fun, and getting outdoors at the library. Rain or shine, activities could include: feet painting, oversized yard games, Simon Says, children’s yoga, obstacle courses, Lego challenges, henna, sidewalk chalk, and much more!

June 17th
June 24th
July 1 NO PROGRAM Holiday week
July 8th
July 15th
July 22nd
July 29th

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Story Time Fridays

Storytime will be back September 9th, 2016 at 10:30am.

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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LEGO and Technology Club

The LEGO and Technology 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 the second Saturday of each month:

  • September 10, 2016
  • October 8
  • November 12

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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
September 15, 2015 The Invention of Wings Sue Monk Kidd
November 10, 2015 All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doer
January 12, 2016 Far From the Maddening Crowd Thomas Hardy
March 8, 2016 Go Set a Watchman Harper Lee
May 10, 2016 TBA  

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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 50 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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