It’s the last day of May, and there’s no avoiding it any longer, folks. Summer is here! Which means time to head to the library, obviously, if you aren’t here already, that is. Here’s a sneak preview of what’s going on at the library this summer.
The library’s weekly coding club for kids will continue through the summer on Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00 pm in the Storytelling Wing, beginning Wednesday, June 14. Bring your own computer or use one of our tablets and learn more about coding and programming through various projects, games, and experiments.
Starting Wednesday, June 14, Laptime and Storytime will be held only on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Laptime is from 10:00-10:20 am in the Liger’s Den and is for parents, infants, and toddlers. Storytime is from 10:30-11:00 am in the Storytelling Wing and is for preschoolers & young school-aged children. There will be no Laptime or Storytime in the month of August.
Shakespeare for Kids
Becky and Joel Wallin are back to lead kids ages 5 and up in reenacting the plays of William Shakespeare. Join them on Monday afternoons at 4 pm in the Storytelling Wing from June 5 to July 25 (the final program will be on a Tuesday, due to the library being closed for Monday, July 24, Pioneer Day). This year’s line-up of plays features Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, The Comedy of Errors, Henry V, Pericles, Othello, and The Two Noble Kinsmen. There will be a special storytime for kids 4 & under in the Liger’s Den.
Summer Reading Programs
We are very excited for this year’s summer reading programs, which center on the theme of celebrating and encouraging the love of making—especially the kinds of making that apply within the branches of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics).
Children’s Summer Reading: Make it Work
Tuesdays at 2 pm (starting June 6)
Starting June 5, parents can sign their kids ages 2-12 up for our Children’s Summer Reading program through a Google Form and pick up a contract to help them record their reading goals so they can win coupons and prizes throughout the summer. Weekly programs will be held from June 6-July 25 on Tuesdays at 2 pm in the library. Contracts are available at every summer reading program, but we recommend that you pick them up at one of our three Children’s Summer Reading Kickoff events:
Children’s Summer Reading Kickoff and Teddy Bear Picnic: S.T.E.A.M.punks
June 5 at 7 pm, June 6 at 2 pm, and June 7 at 10:30 am
City Center Courtyard
For this year’s annual Teddy Bear Picnic and summer reading kickoff, we encourage you to bring a picnic to eat outside and dress yourself and your stuffed animals up in steampunk costumes. Drop by the summer reading registration desk afterwards to pick up your summer reading brochure and check out some great books to read this summer.
Teen Summer Reading
Tuesdays at 2 pm (starting June 6)
Beginning June 5, teens 12-18 are welcome to sign up for our Teen Summer Reading Program (the theme is Full STEAM Ahead) and pick up a brochure to keep track of their weekly reading goals so they can win prizes. Our kickoff program on June 6 will be a series of individual challenges and activities that introduce us to the different areas of STEAM that we’ll be exploring the rest of the summer.
Babies Summer Reading
Babies and toddlers ages 0-2 can participate with their parents in our Baby Summer Reading program, and will receive board books as prizes while supplies last, between Monday, July 31 and Monday, August 14. You can pick up a contract to get started beginning June 5.