Children’s Librarian: Susan Slater     814 723-4650 x126
Children’s Room Assistant: Kelley Wood

   Please visit our Children’s Story Time Videos page, where you can view Snoozer’s Storytime Adventures and the ABC Read with Me with Ms. Susan recordings.  

Oceans of Possibilities

Summer Quest 2022 Children’s Program Schedule

Reading Component:

  • Children keep track of books read over the summer and receive prizes.
  • Registration begins in the Children’s Department on Wednesday, June 1st.
  • We want the children to read for pleasure, so we do not expect a specific number of books to be read.
  • Children will receive prizes for reading whether they read five books, twenty books, fifty books or one hundred books.
  • All formats count: e-books, audio books, chapter books, picture books, nonfiction books, comic books, graphic novels, etc.
  • Younger children can participate because parents can record books read to their tiny tots.
  • Two ways to keep track of books: Parents/children can pick up Oceans of Possibilities book logs by registering at the Children’s Department staff desk starting June 1st. If no one is available, please go to the Circulation desk where someone can register your child and give you a book log. Parents who prefer the online method may use Reader Zone (, which can be accessed via the Reader Zone website, or put a Reader Zone app on their smartphones. Join with the code: 0b82e.
  • Prizes: Children can turn in their Reading Logs between July 18th and August 10th. We will not keep the logs; we just want to record the information for statistical purposes. Children will receive Reading Certificates and choose a book to keep and a toy-type prize. Those who use Reader Zone will receive email instructions via Reader Zone in regards to prizes.

Weekly Programs:

Note: Summer camps and/or groups of six or more, please call the Children’s Librarian to schedule a special time for your group.

Ocean Tales: Mondays at 10:30 a.m., in the Children’s Department. Ages 1-4. Join Ms. Susan for Ocean theme-based stories, songs, crafts and creative play. Dates: June 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25; August 1.

Under the Sea with Ms. Kelley: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. in the Children’s Department. Ages 4 – 8.  Join Ms. Kelley for story time fun and crafts. Dates: June 15, *22, 29; July 6, 13, 20, 27; August 3. *(June 22 will be the Sundance Kids Farm program; see description below.)

Block Party Saturdays:  Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Children’s Department.  Block Parties provide children ample STEM opportunities for learning by playing with large wooden blocks, LEGO, Bee-Bot coding robots, Bloco Robots and other toys that enhance the experience. Such play builds math, science, literacy, language, social and creative skills. This program is geared for ages three to eight, though all are welcome. Dates: June 18, 25; July 2, 9, 23.

DIY Activities:

Ocean Scavenger Hunt: Children ages three to eleven (3 – 11) are encouraged to complete an ocean-themed scavenger hunt in the Children’s Department. As each task is completed, the title of the book or library item that meets the description is to be noted on the Ocean Scavenger Hunt form; parents can write for the little ones. Scavenger Hunt forms can be found on the table outside of the Children’s Department or download one here: Scavenger Hunt Oceans. Forms are due into the Children’s Room by July 30th. Participant names will be placed in a random drawing for $25 Taylor’s Treats gift cards; five participants will each win a gift card. Winners notified by August 2nd.

Estimation Station: How many fish are in the fish bowl? Children ages two to eleven (2 – 11) may estimate the number of fish in a bowl for a chance to win a $25 Taylor’s Treats gift card. The fish bowl will be on the staff desk in the Children’s Department June 1st through June 30th. Peek at it through the Plexiglas and record your estimate on the slips provided. Winner will be determined and contacted on July 1st.

Oceans of Possibilities Short Story Contest: Ages five to eleven (5 – 11). Create a story based on the ocean and the prompt: “The Day I Caught a …” Pick up an Oceans of Possibilities Short Story Contest Entry Form for details. Starting June 1st, forms can be found on the table outside of the Children’s Department or download one here: Oceans of Possibilities Short Story Contest. Writings along with the Writer Information Page are due July 20th. Entries will be judged by age categories (5-6; 7-9; 10-11) and winners will be notified on August 1st. One winner in each age category will win a $25 Taylor’s Treats gift card.

Story Walk: Friday, July 1st – Sunday, July 17th. This story walk focuses on There was an Old Mermaid Who Swallowed a Shark by Lucille Colandro. Families, children and preschools can complete this story walk at their leisure during the listed dates. Certain businesses along Second Avenue and Liberty Street will post pages from the selected book in their windows. Starting at Gaughn’s Drug Store, participants will read the story in progression as they walk along Second Ave. and then up and down both sides of Liberty. Participating businesses will be noted in the packet. Story Walk packets will be available starting *June 23rd, are to be completed between July 1st – 17th, and due into the Warren Library by July 21st. *Packets can be found on the table outside of the Children’s Department or download one here: There Was an Old Mermaid Story Walk Packet. Those who turn in the “Submission Form” from their packet by the due date will have their names entered into a drawing. Eleven names will be randomly drawn and winners notified on July 25th. Ten children will win gift bags filled with items relating to the story; one child will win the grand prize: a large ocean-themed gift basket.

Special Events:

Sundance Kids Farm: Wednesday, June 22, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. All ages invited to enjoy Michael Morton’s farm animals in the library lawn on the Market Street side, rain or shine. Visit with goats, lambs, chicks, hedgehogs, prairie dogs, rabbits, tortoises and a Pantagonian Cavy.

Whales on Wheels Paint Party: Saturday, July 16, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The Toy Shoppe of Warren graciously made us wooden whales on wheels, so we are holding a paint party on the library lawn on the Market Street side. We will supply the paint and the whales (while supplies last). Children can play with toys in the Children’s Department while waiting for their whale to dry. No preregistration; first come, first served. Please dress children accordingly.

Fish Egg Hunt: Saturday, July 30, 11:00 a.m. Outside, Market Street side. Preregistration mandatory, attendance limited, ages 2 – 10.  We will start with a fish story and end with the egg hunt. All participants receive fish goodie bags and the opportunity to locate ten eggs so every child will go home with the same amount of fish eggs. Children who find eggs with a gold or silver ticket receive special prizes. Phone 814 723-4650 x126 to register or stop by the Children’s Department staff desk to register. Registration starts July 5th, and runs until full or until noon on July 27th, whichever comes first.

Dolphin DIY Workshop: Saturday, August 6, 11:00 a.m., Children’s Department. Preregistration mandatory, attendance limited, ages 2 – 11. Nonrefundable $5 cash payment to participate due at registration (must have exact amount). We will start with a few ocean stories and end with each child stuffing their own adorable plush dolphin to keep. Each plush comes unstuffed with a stuffing kit, which includes: stuffing packet, wish star to insert into dolphin, birth certificate and a buddy bag. Registration starts July 18th in the Children’s Department; go to the Circulation Desk if no staff available in Children’s.

Summer Snacks:

Child Hunger Outreach Partners (CHOP): In collaboration with CHOP, we will pass out snacks in conjunction with our summer programs and throughout the week while supplies last.

 Virtual Program:

Deep Sea Readers: Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime as Checkers the Inventor and his sidekick Snoozer take a deep dive into oceans of the world, sea creatures, and vessels, all while reviewing thrilling ocean-themed books and traveling to amazing places. There will be eight different 20-minute episodes of Deep Sea Readers posted on our website throughout the summer. These videos can be accessed via the Children’s Program page starting mid-June.


Available through mid-June: 

Snoozer’s Storytime Adventures:  Mrs. Hamilton and her vacuum robot sidekick Snoozer share stories during ten different 12-minute episodes aimed at providing entertainment for children while illustrating the benefits of reading in a fun and exciting way. They also complete a craft and sing a fun song. Crafts will be provided on the blue table outside of the Children’s Department while supplies last. These ten episodes will be posted on Wednesdays to the Warren Library’s Facebook page on a biweekly basis starting with the first episode on January 19, ending with the last episode on May 25, 2022. These episodes can also be viewed on Children’s Story Time Videos page, which you can link to at the top of this page.


 Available All Year:                                                                     

ABC Read with Me: Ms. Susan completed a recording for each letter of the alphabet from September 2020 through April 2021. Recordings can be viewed on the Warren Public Library’s Facebook page and on our website via the Children’s Story Times Video page (link on top of page). Each recording focuses on a different letter of the alphabet. Crafts and coloring pages mentioned in the video have already been passed out, but you can still view the videos.   

1000 Books Before Kindergarten:Help put your child on the right track for kindergarten and build a solid foundation for academic success by reading early and often to your young children. The Warren Library is providing the opportunity to participate in this popular program open for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Information about this program and reading logs can be found on our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten page here.  When visiting the library, information and  a reading log for the first 100 books can be found on the semi-circle in the Children’s Department. Those who prefer an online method may keep track at Reader Zone. Register on their website using the program code fc392. Like apps? Download the Reader Zone app from Google Play, the App Store or Amazon by searching for “Reader Zone”; be sure to use program code fc392.

Portions of these programs are possible due to the generous contributions made at our annual Midwinter FUNdraiser.