Fizz, Boom, Read kicks off at Kutztown Library

Patriot photo by Lisa Mitchell Left, Carolyn Wasser, library clerk, and Joy Newswanger, Youth Librarian, present a science experiment during the "Fizz, Boom, Read" kickoff at Kutztown Community Library June 12.
Patriot photo by Lisa Mitchell Joy Newswanger, Youth Librarian, with assistant Carolyn Wasser, library clerk and KU student, presents a science experiment during the "Fizz, Boom, Read" summer reading program kickoff at Kutztown Community Library June 12.

“Fizz, Boom, Read” kicked off summer reading with science at the Kutztown Community Library June 12.

“The summer reading program ‘Fizz, Boom, Read’ is very exciting because it’s exploring creativity in science in the library for all different ages,” said Joy Newswanger, Youth Librarian.

To kick off the summer program, Newswanger and assistant Carolyn Wasser, library clerk and KU student, presented a science experiment about density using water, oil, food dye and sea shells.

Children also viewed the movie “Meet the Robinsons” featuring the lesson try, try and try again. They had the opportunity to create their own robot craft also.


The summer reading program introduces youth from pre-school to high school to science, to teach them how to ask the right questions and be problem solvers in every day life, said Newswanger.

“Science is our friend,” she said. “We’ll be doing anything from simple science experiments to introducing nature, like how does a bee work?”

Upcoming programs include Brilliant Buzzing Bees on June 19, Yocum Teen Theater Ensemble presentation “Think Like a Scientist!” June 26, Mad Science! Acids and Bases (limited to 25 children) July 10, Jesse the Reptile Guy July 17, Butterfly Guy July 24, Air Products Ice Cream (tentative) July 31, Mad Science presents Spin, Pop, BOOM! Aug. 7, Exploding Geoscience Aug. 14. These elementary age programs are free and held Thursdays 10 a.m. at the library.

“We’re going to have fun and prove that science is fun, that it’s in everyday life and that illusion that some people are really good at science and some people are not is not true because we use it in everyday life.”

The object of the program is to get people using their senses in their everyday life so they can be problem solvers because they know how to use their imaginations and use skills like reading, she said.

“Use it to help make better communities.”

Registering for the summer reading program also encourages youth to read books to win prizes throughout the summer.

Other programs include Toddler Time for ages 0-3 Mondays at 11 a.m.; Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5 Mondays at 10 a.m.; and StoryRider Story Time for ages 2 - 5 Wednesdays 11 a.m.

Teen Programs are Mondays 6 p.m. to which teens are invited to “Spark a Reaction” at the library.

“The Lego Movie” will be shown Friday, June 20, with activities at 6 p.m. and movie at 6:30 p.m. Snacks and drinks provided.

For more information, visit the library or call 610-683-5820.

About the Author

Lisa Mitchell

Lisa Mitchell is the editor of The Kutztown Patriot and Managing Editor of Berks-Mont Newspapers. Reach the author at or follow Lisa on Twitter: @kutztownpatriot.