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June 16, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Donnat Scott-Martin

donna.scott-martin@pgcmls.info

Library Launches Weekly “Summer @ Your Library” Virtual Event Series

Largo, Maryland –The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) presents a new weekly series of live virtual “Summer @ Your Library” (S@YL) events for all ages. Between June 17 and August 26, families can tune in on Wednesdays at 4 pm for live performances and educational programs that highlight the 2020 “Summer @ Your Library” theme of “Imagine Your Story.”

The Library’s S@YL events are an annual favorite for families in Prince George’s County. While it will always be preferable to gather in-person, “Summer @ Your Library” virtual events provide many more families with the opportunity to conveniently access library programs from home, while on the go, or from their vacation destinations. All PGCMLS virtual events are free and open to the public. The events are streamed on Crowdcast with select additional streams on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Register for events at pgcmls.info/virtual-events. Select programs will be available for on demand viewing on the Library’s YouTube page after the live broadcast. Spanish access to S@YL is available at pgcmls.info/verano-en-su-biblioteca.

S@YL virtual programs are sponsored by the following Library Friends Groups: Accokeek, Bowie, Hillcrest Heights, Laurel, Mount Rainier, New Carrollton, and Oxon Hill. “Summer @ Your Library” is made possible with support from the PGCMLS Foundation.

S@YL is the annual summer reading and library engagement program presented by PGCMLS. This year’s program is co-presented with the 2019 World Series Champion Washington Nationals. Participants can unlock badges and earn prizes, like free books and an “Imagine Your Story” t-shirt, by logging 30 minutes of reading a day, virtual event attendance, and accessing PGCMLS online library. S@YL participants can track their activity progress throughout the summer with a downloadable S@YL game board or the Library’s Beanstack website and app (iOS/Android). All who complete the full S@YL challenge will receive an entry for an exclusive Washington Nationals experience and a Maryland 529 college savings fund.

“Summer @ Your Library” Weekly Virtual Event Lineup

Wednesday, June 17 at 4 pm 

Uncle Devin Presents: Percussion Concert (K-5)

Journey through the “Land of Percussion” to see and hear different percussion instruments while learning of the history of percussion. Discover why it is the easiest, oldest, and most diverse form of musical creativity.


Wednesday, June 24 at 4 pm 

Echoes of Nature Presents: North American Animal Tales (K-5)

Enjoy North American Animal tales and meet some of the main characters from the stories. Learn fun facts about animals and about natural history.


Wednesday, July 1 at 4 pm 

Sciencetellers Presents: Dragons! Return of the Ice Sorceress (K-5)

In a faraway world, two villagers go on a daring journey to release the dragons and save the entire kingdom. See if the heroes can stop the evil ice sorceress before all hope is lost!


Wednesday, July 8 at 4 pm 

Didgeridoo Down Under Presents: Family Variety Show (All Ages)

A high-energy, Australia-themed program that combines music, culture, comedy, character building, storytelling, and audience participation


Wednesday, July 15 at 4 pm

Echoes of Nature Presents: Amazing Adaptations (K-5)

What helps an animal climb, fly, live in the water or live on land? Will those adaptations help that animal in a different habitat? Learn how amazing adaptations help an animal survive.


Wednesday, July 22 at 4 pm 

Bright Star Theatre Presents Aesop’s Fables (K-5)

These fables from the legendary Greek storyteller, Aesop, have been delighting young and old alike for thousands of years, and they still have a message for us today. Perfect for younger audiences, these classic tales entertain but also share a strong message about treating others fairly and knowing right from wrong


Wednesday, July 29 at 4 pm

Didgeridoo Down Under Presents: Aussie Funk Jam (Tweens & Teens)

Learn to play the "didge," including animal sounds and simple rhythms. Experience a naturally exhilarating, buzzing musical sensation.


Wednesday, August 5 at 4 pm

Bright Star Theatre Presents: Once Upon a Time (K-5)

See classic tales brought to life! Dance at the ball with Cinderella and challenge the giant with Jack and the Beanstalk! Fun and interactive, this show is great for younger audiences

or anyone who is young at heart.


Wednesday, August 12 at 4 pm

Echoes of Nature Presents: Confusing Camouflage (K-5)

What is camouflage? Who camouflages? Why do certain animals camouflage? Meet a couple animals that are great at adapting. Craft and game ideas included.


Wednesday, August 19 at 4 pm

Sciencetellers Presents: Aliens: Escape from Earth (K-5)

During a midnight meteor shower, something mysterious falls from the sky — but it’s not a shooting star. Two curious kids investigate and find themselves mixed up with visitors from another planet! Pursued by a wacky space scientist, they must get the aliens back to their spaceship — before it’s too late! An exciting, out-of-this world adventure!


Wednesday, August 26 at 4 pm

Didgeridoo Down Under Presents Music & More from Down Under and Beyond (Adults)

Take a musical journey to Australia and beyond, as the performer plays an assortment of didgeridoos and percussion instruments. Our performers play a modern style, mixing fast-paced rhythms with relaxing soundscapes and organic sound effects.

About the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS)

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) helps customers discover and define opportunities that shape their lives. The Library serves the 915,000+ residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland through 19 branch libraries, a 24/7 online library, and pop-up services throughout the community. PGCMLS is a responsive and trusted community-driven organization. Programs, services, and outreach activities serve booklovers, immigrants and refugees, job seekers, children, young professionals, seniors, and families alike. The Books from Birth and Ready 2 Read programs make the Library the primary source of early literacy education and Kindergarten readiness programs in the County.

PGCMLS’ robust online offerings include curated content collections for kids, teens, educators, Spanish speakers, and more. Special programs include the D.R.E.A.M. Lab, STEM Pals, and 3D printing, which offer teens and lifelong learners with opportunities to learn cutting-edge technology and STEM skills for job readiness or personal enrichment. The Library’s Laurel Branch Library received the 2018 AIA/ALA Library Building Award and was designated the best new public building in Maryland.