Summer Reading looks a little different this year—everything will be done virtually! Make sure you bookmark this page–everything you need will be here!

Since we can’t travel this summer, we are IMAGINING a trip around the world! From June 1 to July 31, we’ll visit a different country each week. We’ll post crafts, facts, reading lists, and videos for you to imagine visiting each place! Check back here every week to see our new location.

CLICK to download your Reading Log!
Fill it out, snap a pic, and email it to us, and you’ll be entered to win our Summer Reading Grand Prize!

The best part? It’s all FREE, no sign up or library card required.
Enjoy your trip around the world!

Welcome to Egypt!

VIRTUAL STORY TIME: EGYPT

 

CLICK HERE TO PRINT ALL ACTIVITIES

 

Print off this coloring sheet of the Egyptian flag.

 

Craft: Make A Pharaoh Headdress

Materials:

  • Printer
  • Glue
  • Something to color with
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper

Instructions:

  • Print out the craft template.
  • Color your headdress however you want!
  • Cut out the pieces.
  • Cut a pair of slits following the dotted lines at the lower corners of the main headdress.
  • Take the right side piece and apply glue on the area above the dotted line.
  • Lift up the flap on the right corner of the main headdress. Position the right side piece under the flap. The dotted line on the side piece should be aligned with the lower edge of the headdress flap.
  • Press down on the flap to glue the side piece in place.
  • Repeat on left side.
  • Cut out a strip of construction paper long enough to go around your head. Glue one end onto the excess strip on the headdress. Glue the headband shut.
  • All hail the Pharaoh!

Find pictures with step-by-step directions on Firstpalette.com. You can also find an instructional video with some Pharaoh Fun Facts on our Facebook!

 

 

Videos & Other Resources

 

Read more about Egypt

K-2

 

 

3-5

 

6-8

Konnichiwa, and welcome to Japan!

VIRTUAL STORYTIME :JAPAN

CLICK HERE TO PRINT ALL ACTIVITIES

Print off this coloring sheet of the Japanese flag.

MAKE A SUSHI CRAFT.

VIRTUAL INSTRUCTIONS WITH MISS KAMI

 

Craft: Make your own sushi

Materials:

  • Printer
  • Glue
  • Something to color with
  • Scissors
  • Cotton ball
  • Black tape or strip of black paper
  • A dish or something to serve your sushi on

Instructions:

  • Print out the craft template.
  • Color and cut out your “fish” pieces.
  • Place your fish on top of the “rice” (cotton ball)
  • Wrap with “seaweed” (black tape)
  • Serve in your sushi boat!

Find an instructional video with some fun facts about Sushi on our Facebook!

 

Videos & Other Resources

 

Read more about Japan

K-2

 

3-5

 

6-8

Welcome to England this week!

CLICK TO VIEW VIRTUAL STORY TIME: ENGLAND
MAKE A CUPPA TEA WITH MISS MARY (VIRTUAL)

CLICK HERE TO PRINT ALL ACTIVITIES FOR THIS WEEK

 

Print off this coloring sheet of the British Union Jack.

 

 

Craft: Make your own Bobby

Materials:

  • a toilet paper tube
  • a printer
  • a piece of paper
  • some crayons or colored pencils
  • scissors
  • glue

Instructions:

  • Print out the craft template.
  • Color and cut out the template pieces.
  • Glue the bobby together in the following order:
    • Pants
    • Shoes
    • Coat
    • Belt
    • badge/pocket
    • hat
    • night stick
    • whistle

See picture on the template for further help.

See full instructions on DLTK-Kids.

 

Videos

 

Read more about England:

K-2

 

3-5

6-8

Bonjour, and welcome to France!

 

CLICK TO VIEW VIRTUAL STORY TIME: FRANCE

 

CLICK HERE TO PRINT ALL ACTIVITY PAGES

Print off this coloring sheet of the French flag:

 

Make your own Madeline

 

Materials:

  • a toilet paper tube
  • a printer
  • a piece of paper
  • some crayons
  • scissors
  • glue

Instructions:

  • Print out the craft template.
  • Color and cut out the template pieces.
  • Glue the large rectangular piece on first to cover the tube.
  • Glue on the head, arms, and legs.

See full instructions and a video on DLTK-Kids.

 

Videos

 

 

 

Read more about France:

K-2

 

 

3-5

 

6-8

Check out Ebooks by subject!

Bienvenido! This week we’re visiting our closest neighbor geographically—Mexico!

CLICK TO VIEW VIRTUAL STORY TIME: MEXICO

CLICK HERE TO PRINT ALL ACTIVITY PAGES FOR THIS WEEK.

 

Print off this coloring sheet of the Mexican flag:

This is a fun and simple craft that children can enjoy while they practice their coloring, scissor, and basic assembly skills.

Materials:

  • something to color with
  • scissors
  • glue or brass fasteners
  • printer

Print out this Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead craft—it’s a great way to practice with scissors.

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW MISS KAMI’S INSTRUCTIONAL VIDE

Instructions:

  • Print out the craft template
  • Color the pieces and cut out the template pieces.
  • Children can choose to glue the skeletons to a sheet of paper, OR connect the skeletons using brass fasteners to make them poseable

See full instructions and a video on Red Ted Art.

PRINT OUT THESE PAGES TO MAKE THE CRAFT:

 

 

CLICK HERE to find some great, kid-friendly recipes for Mexican food.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Dia de los Muertos!

 

Videos

 

Read more about Mexico:

K-2

 

 

3-5

 

 

6-8

 

Check out Ebooks by subject!

First stop: CANADA! One of our closest neighbors geographically, Canada is a great place to kick off our summer tour around the world!

CLICK to print  ALL  craft and activity pages. 

CLICK TO VIEW VIRTUAL STORY TIME: CANADA

Print this Canadian Flag Coloring Sheet:

 

 

 

 

Print out this Inuksuk craft—it’s a great way to practice with scissors.

 

This is a fun cut and paste craft that children can enjoy while they practice their scissor skills and matching skills.

This Inuit themed craft is a fun and interactive way for children to become engaged in Inuit culture by learning about Inukshuks.

An Inukshuk is an Inuit monument made of unworked stones. In the Inuit language, Inukshuk means “in the likeness of a human”. They are used by the Inuit for communication and survival and indicate that “someone was here” – an important message in the remote areas of the arctic region.

Materials:

  • something to color with
  • scissors
  • glue
  • paper
  • printer

Instructions:

  • Print out the craft template
  • Color the rocks and cut out the template pieces.
  • Children can choose to glue the rocks in the pattern of the template this is a good way for children to practice their matching skills).

or

  • Children can use their imagination and glue the rocks onto a blank piece of paper to create their own inukshuk.

Craft from dltk-kids.com

 

Videos

 

Read more about Canada:

K-2

 

 

3-5

 

6-8

 

Check out Ebooks by subject!

Reading Log Prize Rules

  • Put your name and phone number/e-mail address on your log.
  • To enter, read or listen to at least ten books and write them on your log.
  • One entry per child.
  • MPL Staff & Board, and their immediate families, are not eligible to win..
  • Reading logs must be turned in by AUGUST 13, 2020. Winners will be notified AUGUST 14, 2020.