Picture the Story, Summer Reading 2022

Join us at Patterson Library this summer as we explore visual storytelling.

How do wordless picture books tell a story? Why do we love graphic novels? What is “manga” and “anime,” anyway?

Let’s play, draw, read, and tell some stories together this summer #atthepat!

Reading Program

Our reading program runs 6 weeks, from July 4 – August 12. 

Sign up on paper at Patterson Library or sign up online using the link below.

Babies & Toddlers 0-2

Read to me!   

Goal: 5 minutes per day/ 5 days a week (150 minutes total)

3-5 year olds

Read together!

Goal: 10 minutes per day / 5 days a week (300 minutes total)

6-12 year olds

I’m a Reader!

Goal: 20 minutes per day/ 5 days a week (600 minutes total)

Eligible for Super Reader Honor Books!

Activity challenges will be provided that can substitute for up to two days’ worth of reading every week. Parents and caregivers of children who have alternative reading needs may adjust their goals accordingly. We’ll be providing stretch goals for eager readers, too.


As you read along these goals, you’ll earn great prizes!

Prize 1 available starting Week 1 (July 5).

Prize 2 available starting Week 3 (July 18).

Prize 3 available starting Week 5 (August 1).

You can read ahead of schedule, but prizes won’t be available until their release date. If you miss a week, you can collect it the next time.

For example, if you come in July 18, and haven’t gotten any prizes yet, you can pick up prize number 1 and 2. If you’ve read past that point, and are ready for prize 3, you’ll have to wait until August 1 to get that next prize.

Prizes will be available any time after their first availability date until August 12, while supplies last.

Teens! 13-17 year olds

Submit 3 sentence reviews of not only books, but also movies, music, art, board games, and video games that you experience over the summer.

Book reviews = Five Raffle Tickets

Other reviews = One Raffle Ticket

Use your raffle tickets toward the prize basket of your choice! Music, Anime, Video Game, Art, and Cooking Baskets will be available featuring prizes hand-picked by the Patterson Teen Action Board.

Sign up at the Children’s Desk or online.


Adult Summer Reading will be a Book Bingo card to complete at your own pace between July 5th and August 12th.

Pick your bingo card up at the front desk starting June 27th!

Our events span 6 weeks, from July 4 – August 12. Signups for individual events begin Monday, June 27. Sign up at the library, by calling us at 716-326-2154, or by clicking the individual signup links below.

Will your child be joining us through WACS Summer Camp? Students will be walking to the library for story times and activities every Tuesday. Make sure their library card is up-to-date so that they can bring some books home!

July 6, July 13, 20, 27, August 3, & 10

We have Story Time every Wednesday at 10 a.m. from July 6 to August 10. Story time is focused towards ages 3-6, but open to all audiences. Supplies are limited and given out on a first come, first serve basis.

Special days include:

July 6: Soil painting story time with Molly Brown from Cornell Cooperative Extension.

July 27: Bat story time and bat box family painting activity with Molly Brown from Cornell Cooperative Extension. Our supplies are limited, so it’s one bat box to a family and first come, first served.

August 10: Fish painting story time with Molly Brown from Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Baby Time is every Wednesday at 11 a.m. from July 6 to August 10. It is focused towards ages 0-2, but open to all audiences.

On Monday, July 11, July 25, and August 8, we have a Teens and Tots activity time at 4 pm.
Library staff will read aloud a book to the group. After the book, teens will assist tots with a themed craft or activity. After the projects are complete, teens and tots will break off into small groups. Then, the teens will read aloud to the tots for about 15 minutes (or longer if desired).

Interested teens can sign up online or at the library. This counts toward volunteer hours!

Adults with preschool or school-aged kids can drop in!

July 21: Fencing lesson for teens from 3:00 – 4:30 pm with guests Jordan and Brynn McMillan! Ages 13-18. Signups are limited, so be sure to turn in the waiver/signup form ASAP if you are interested.

July 29 at 4 pm: Art Day, with a presentation on graphic novels by SUNY Fredonia’s Assistant Professor Michael Sheehan and a giant butcher paper art activity.

August 11: Back from last year’s summer reading due to teen demand, we have a Mysterium murder mystery night for teens from 6-7 pm. Who murdered Hannah Patterson? This game is like a collaborative, art-oriented version of the classic game of Clue, but our version is played on your feet, interacting with a ghost! Sign up online or at the library.

Sign up for adult programs at the library or by calling the library at (716) 326-2154.

July 12: Author visit with Dr. John Rappole at 5 pm.

July 12-14: Plein Air art class for adults at 10 am. Signups were required. Class now closed.

July 13: Performer Benjamin Berry joins us for a BrainDance workshop at 11 am (for seniors). Signups required.

July 19/21: Intro to Charcoal with Susan Gutierrez. Adults only. Signups required.

August 4: Come watch a documentary about Will Eisner, a famous cartoonist and writer. Showing is at 5 pm.

August 11: Alleviate Your Stress Journaling at 11 am for adults. Bring a blank journal, pen, color pencils. Signups required.

General Programs

July 8: Join us on July 8 at 4 pm for Art Day! We’re covering the entire library in butcher paper for some large-scale community art fun!

July 13: At 1 pm, we have a Circus for All program with performer Benjamin Berry. Benjamin Berry is a teaching artist and circus performer based in Buffalo, NY whose programs have become a a staple in libraries. Come enjoy his prop-based circus arts program for all ages! Across the street at Moore Park.

July 22: It’s a “Pawcasso” day with the NCCR and “Pawcasso” author, Remy Lai! At 4 pm, the NCCR is bringing dogs to act as models for drawing and painting, like the characters did in the book.

Then, at 5 pm, we’ll have a virtual visit all the way from Australia with Remy Lai!

Check out one of our book club copies of “Pawcasso” to read up on the story before the event.

July 29: Anime “Buffet” and Dress-up Morning. Friday morning at 11 am, we are presenting a “buffet” of family-friendly episodes of various  anime TV shows. Anime is a Japanese style of animation. If you’ve never experienced anime, this a great way to introduce yourself to the medium! We are also bringing out some Japanese street fashion, kid-size super hero costumes, and cosplay pieces for dress-up fun for all ages.


July 29: At 4pm Professor Michael Sheehan from SUNY Fredonia will be presenting a lecture on graphic novels. Learn about what graphic novels are, and what makes them so amazing! Books mentioned during the lecture will be available for checkout.

August 5: Join us at 4 pm for another Art Day, this time celebrating 3D art! Kids and adults ages 8 and up can participate in a miniature figure painting workshop with guest Taylor Abbott.

We will also be playing virtual reality Pictionary with all ages!

August 12: An epic day beginning with a Super Hero Finale, Super Reader awards, and Teen Prize Raffle at Welch Field at 4 pm and finishing up with a Pool Party with Westfield Recreation Department at 5!