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REGISTER HERE from July 1 – August 1, 2020. The Summer Reading Program will be different this year. Instead of using the handheld passport we’ve used in the past to log in minutes, we are going to use an Online Program called ReadSquared to keep track of your reading.

NEW!  Summer Reading Program For All AgesUsing the online program called ReadSquared we will have a Summer Reading Program to track your reading progress throughout the summer.  The program will run for  six weeks from July 1 through August 15  for Pre-school children ages 0 to 4 years, school age children ages 5 – 12 years, teenagers ages 13 – 17, and adults 18 and older. There will be weekly prizes for children ages 0 to 4 years, 5 – 12 years, one raffle prize for students 13 – 17 years, and one adult raffle prize.  Preschoolers through 12 year olds may pick up a paper passport which will have raffle tickets for the big prizes and a check off for our staff for the small weekly prizes through our curbside delivery. Call 983-838-3262 when you are ready to come to the library and pick up your weekly prize. Registration will be open for all on July 1, 2020.  All questions on the registration must be answered and pertain to your name, address, phone number and basic school information if you are a student.  Once you register, you can begin your weekly reading journey throughout the Summer. 

Week 1: July 1 – July 11
Week 2: July 12 – July 18
Week 3: July 19 – July 25
Week 4: July 26 – August 1
Week 5: August 2 – August 8
Week 6: August 9 – August 15

More information will be posted as soon as we have more information about reopening the Butler Library.  Stay tuned to our web page and our social media posts.  While we are social distancing, let’s enjoy having fun together this summer either virtually or in person, (but limited, until we reopen).

Summer Reading Lists for:


Summer Reading Program:  Imagine Your Story Coloring pages
Event date: July 1 – August 22. 
Color in any of the drawings for your age or grade group Beginning July 1 through August 15 in order to
give you an extra raffle for the Summer Reading prizes that are showcased in the display case in the foyer of the Library. You can either print the worksheet off of the website or come to the library to pick one up. Call us at 973-838-3262 when you are at the library for curbside pick up.  When we reopen our doors, you will be able to pick up any of the drawings.  This area is a work in progress.  Stayed tuned.

Wee ones: Birth to age 5
Boat: drawing 1
Duck: drawing 2
Maze: drawing 3
Follow the Numbers: drawing 4
Lamb: drawing 5

Grades K – 5
Fairy garden: drawing 1
LEGO bear: drawing 2
Hogwarts train: drawing 3
Summer  Maze: drawing 4
States Word Search: drawing 5


NEW: Crazy 8’s Bedtime Math Contest: For Butler Residents

Crazy 8’s Week 4 out of 5 (posted August 2 )
Dandelion seed
Ms. Arlene will post a question weekly for children to answer:
3 – 5 year olds: If you have 2 yellow dandelions and 3 white fluffy dandelions, how many do you have all together? Email Ms. Arlene to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize: arlene.walk@butlerlibrary.org. Tell me your first name/last name, age, address, and phone number so I can contact you for curbside pickup.
Grades K – 1: If a dandelion seed sails 15 miles, and another dandelion seed flies 12 miles, how many miles did the dandelions sail all together?  Email Ms. Arlene to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize: arlene.walk@butlerlibrary.org. Tell me your first name/last name, age, address, and phone number so I can contact you for curbside pickup.
Grades 2 – 4:  Dandelions can have up to 400 seeds, but they usually have around 180. What is the difference between how many seeds a dandelion can have and how many they usually have?  Email Ms. Arlene to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize: arlene.walk@butlerlibrary.org. Tell me your first name/last name, age, address, and phone number so I can contact you for curbside pickup.

Summer Program: “Take and Make” Ceramic Shark Bank for Shark Week (Butler Residents Only)
Event Date: ends July 31 for pick-up.  If we run out of sharks, I have other items for the kids to paint.
Ages: 3 – 12 years
Please register your child on Google Forms so Ms. Arlene knows how many children will be painting the ceramic shark. (Limited to first 36 participants) 

Ms. Lisa loves shark week, so we are featuring a program for all those shark lovers in Butler. Paint and decorate the shark, take a picture of you and the shark, and send it to Ms. Arlene at: arlene.walk@butlerlibrary.org so we can post it on our social media pages for all to see.

Jack’s Petting Zoo:  Cancelled until further notice. Stay tuned to our social media pages and our website for current updates and information if we are able to have the Petting Zoo Program this year.


The Butler Library invites Trans Options every year to teach the children how to ride a bike, so now is the time for all bike riders to shine.

Trans Options Bike Safety  is offering weekly winners a $50 gift card for participating in their GoForGood: Summer Edition. Just log a walk or bicycle ride on our free GoForGood app and share a photo either directly on the app or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag us @transoptions! Each week we’ll have a different theme and one week is Bikes and Books! For more information visit the Trans Options page: http://goforgood.transoptions.org/awards-prizes.


Therapy Dog Reading Program on Zoom with Kim Boon
For Beginner Readers
Every Monday from 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Starts Monday, July 13, 2020

Ryan and Kim Boon and their Shih Tzu Dog, Cory will help your child in learning how to read or to practice reading aloud. Cory is the best listener. Sign up for a 15 minute session by emailing us at: info@butlerlibrary.org with parents name, child’s name and Grade entering, phone number, town and email address. This program is free. You can call ahead to the Butler Public Library 973-838-3262, to pick up a book from our collection the week before. Come join us on Zoom with Cory, Ryan and Kim Boon and practice reading aloud this summer.


Summer Program: Virtual Scavenger Hunt 2: Registration and Scavenger Hunt on Google Forms. Raffle Prize Awarded

Event Date: August 1 – August 31
Grades: K – 6
Once your register, the Virtual Scavenger Hunt begins.
Complete the online registration and questions and submit the google form for this scavenger hunt in order to be eligible for a prize.  You will be called if you are a winner.


Summer Program: Recycling Up-cycling Project
Event Date: July 13 – August 13
Grades: Grades K – 6 Please register your child on
Google Forms so Ms. Arlene knows how many children will be participating.
Locate used items from around the inside and outside of your house and build/create an object out of recycled materials like cardboard, cans, plastic bottles, and paper. When you have built your project, take a picture of your creation and email it to Ms. Arlene at: arlene.walk@butlerlibrary.org so we can enjoy it and then post it on our Social Media pages for all to see. When you are able, please bring your project to the Library so we can put it on a table and display it for all to enjoy. A prize will be awarded for the most creative use of materials.


Pete the Cat: The Petes Go Marching Fun Activity
Click on the Google Form to Register and complete this activity.  A sticker activity sheet will be at the library for you to pick up when you complete this activity.
Event: Any time from now until August 14.
Any age to grade 5
James Dean, author,  puts a groovy spin to the classic children’s song “The Ants Go Marching” with everyone’s favorite cool cat, Pete the Cat.  So, march along with Pete, 1, 2, 3!


Sample Fairy GardenFairy Garden
Any age to age 12
Now until August 30
Design your very own tiny fairy garden with some supplies from the Library. You will receive a 4 inch by 4 inch square ceramic planter and a few other items to get you started, then you can make additional items you find around your home and add them to your fairy garden.
Step: 1 Paint the outside of the ceramic planter with your own paints.
Step 2: Add gravel or little stones to the bottom of the ceramic planter for drainage.
Step 3: Add dirt leaving about 2 inches from the top of the rim of the ceramic piece.Step 4: Lay out your fairy garden plan on the table before you assemble it.
Step 5: Add tiny plants for a perfect fairy hiding spot. Add shells, sticks, moss, or stones (all natural elements) work for the fairy.

If you are interested in creating a small fairy garden, fill out the google form and pick up your ceramic planter as soon as possible. We have limited supplies, so sign up as soon as you can. Call the library after you register and pick up the planter curbside Monday through Friday 10 – 3. When you have completed the fairy garden, take a picture of it so we can post it on our social media pages. Have fun.


Summer Program Craft Avocado Pillow.
Tentative date: Monday, August 17 depending on social distancing rules and weather.
More information to follow.  This program may be held outdoors due to social distancing.
Tentative Time: 6:00 PM6:45 PM
Children must wear masks for social distancing.
Ages:  8 – 12 Student must be able to tie knots on their own.
You may be required to bring your own chair.
Registration here. First 24 participants only.
Create this fun craft avocado-shaped pillow by tying knots around all sides of an avocado shape.  Tying knots might be difficult for some children, so please make sure they know how to tie knots using fleece. Each child will leave the program with a cut avocado pillow they created themselves.


NEW!  Summer Program: “Take and Make” Backpack Bank  (Butler Residents Only)
Event Date: August 10 – August 31. 
Ages: 3 – 12 years
Please register your child on Google Forms so Ms. Arlene knows how many children will be painting the ceramic backpack bank. (Limited to first 30 participants) 
School is around the corner, but we are still having fun painting and reading books.  If you are interested in any Back to School books, or books related to attending school, click on this link which will take you to the carousel of books from our Library you can borrow.  Paint and decorate the bank, take a picture of you and the bank, and send it to Ms. Arlene at: arlene.walk@butlerlibrary.org so we can post it on our social media pages for all to see.


Virtual Trips to Zoos and Aquariums