July Programs at Riverdale Public Library

Next month’s roster of activities at Riverdale Public Library offers topics for all ages. The following activities are free to the public: 

Adult Programs 

Knit and Stitch 

1 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 17 

A casual, self-guided group of knitters and crocheters that join together to share projects, ideas and techniques. Participants are encouraged to bring their own projects and tools. Basic materials and supplies are available for newcomers. 

Curiosity Connection: Citizen Science 

10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 10 

This month, we’ll explore the idea of Citizen Science and learn how anyone, anywhere can contribute to expanding the scope of humanity’s scientific knowledge. Curiosity Connection offers adults in our community the opportunity to explore a new subject each month in arts, culture, science, and technology by combining interactive presentations and hands-on experiences with open and engaging discussions. Participants will have the opportunity to shape future programs by providing monthly subject suggestions. 

Beginner’s Tech Workshop: Mastering E-Readers 

10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 11 

This program aims to demystify the world of digital reading, making it accessible and enjoyable for participants. Whether new to e-readers or seeking to optimize their usage, participants will gain practical insights and skills to navigate the realm of digital books with confidence. Bring your fully charged tablets, phones, e-readers and other digital devices to follow along. Note: Please bring any passwords you may need for downloading apps. 

Chatty Crafting: Travel Adventures 

10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13 

Show and tell and craft together. Bring your favorite travel stories, photos, souvenirs and mementos to share with the group while completing a simple craft to create your own personalized luggage tag with recycled maps and vinyl decals. 

BARD Drop-In Session 

10 a.m. Wednesday, July 17 

Registered users of BARD, the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download, can get personalized assistance and learn how to access books, magazines and music materials in audio and electronic braille. Join us for expert guidance on utilizing BARD or BARD Express. Bring your fully charged devices for a hands-on help session. Please bring any passwords you may need for downloading apps. 

Children’s Programs 

Didgeridoo “Adventure” Down Under 

2 p.m. Thursday, July 11 

Join us on an epic adventure to the Land Down Under where we’ll hear otherworldly sounds from the didgeridoo, explore the Great Barrier Reef and the Outback and learn about amazing creatures like kangaroos, koalas and much more. For ages 6 -11 years. 

Building Buddies 

10 a.m. Friday, July 12 

This summer reading program places a strong emphasis on social skill development, recognizing the importance of interpersonal relationships in early childhood education. Through collaborative block-building activities, children will learn to share, take turns and work together toward common goals, laying the foundation for positive social interactions. 

Professor Universe: Battle of the Body 

2 p.m. Thursday, July 18 

When professor Universe is caught stealing the evil plans of his nemesis, he finds himself shrunk down and trapped inside of the body. In this epic tale of virus versus immune system, kids will learn about the fascinating science of the immune system including macrophages, T-cells, B-cells, antibodies and more. For ages 6 – 11 years. 

Play-Doh Playdate 

10 a.m. Friday, July 19 

Toddlers and preschoolers are invited for a morning of squishy, Play-Doh fun. Registration is not required, but space is limited. First come, first served. 

Don’t Try This at Home 

2 p.m. Thursday, July 25 

Get ready for a messy, hair-raising, explosive, freezing and dangerous show. This summer reading program will be a unique mix of some of The IMAG’s craziest demonstrations. For ages 6-11 years. 

Baseball Family Storytime with the Mighty Mussel 

10 a.m. Friday, July 26 

Children through age 5 years and caregivers will enjoy a baseball themed storytime and a visit from the Fort Myers Mighty Mussel mascot. 

Teen Programs 

Intro to Table Top RPGs 

2 p.m. Tuesday, July 9 

Have you ever wanted to play tabletop roll-playing games (TTRPGs), but don’t know how to get started? This summer reading program is designed for newcomers who want to try out the basic mechanics with others who are new to TTRPGs. Players will learn about gaming etiquette and vocabulary while taking their first steps with the introductory game Dungeons and Dragons: Adventure Begins. Other tabletop games will be available, snacks will be provided and the first 12 participants will receive a TTRPG swag bag to take home. 

Teen Totes 

2 p.m. Tuesday, July 16 

Create a custom tote bag using acrylic paints. This project can be completed using the provided stencils, but you are encouraged to get creative and make your own designs. Seats are limited, so registration is required. For ages 12-18 years. 

Adam’s Animal Encounters for Teens 

2 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 

Teens will have an opportunity to learn more about exotic animals from wildlife biologist Adam Pottruck in this summer reading program. He will share information on wildlife management, rescue and conservation. For ages 12-18 years. 

The Riverdale Public Library is located at 2421 Buckingham Road in Fort Myers. For more information about a program or to register, please call the library at (239) 533-4370. Check the Lee County Library System’s Web site at www.leelibrary.net to find out about programs at other locations. Call the host library, or Telephone Reference at (239) 479-INFO (4636), for more information about a specific program. 

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In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Lee County will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in its services, programs or activities. To request an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a reasonable modification to participate, contact Raphaela Morais-Peroba, 239-533-8782, Florida Relay Service 711, or rperoba@leegov.com. Accommodation will be provided at no cost to the requester. Requests should be made at least five business days in advance.

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