Summer Reading


Dive into Summer Reading at the library beginning June 15th! This summer’s programming will be geared for two age groups: 3-5 -year-olds and 6-year-olds & up. All programs are free. You may sign-up here or drop by the library during regular library hours to pick up a registration form.  Below is the schedule.

Week #1 –
Wednesday, June 15th, 2:30 – 3:15 p.m.,
Harry Graves’ Ship-Building Presentation
At the Library – for all ages

Thursday, June 16th, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Story Time for 3-5 – year-olds –
“Joy to the Fishes”
Children will create a variety of ocean creatures and take part in a sea-shell sensory session—
say that fast 10 times :~)

Friday, June 17th, 3:00 – 500 p.m.-  Family Friday &  Hasbro® toy-recycling drive collection day
Parents, caregivers may visit the library with their children on a come-and-go schedule between 3-5 p.m. to work on a project/craft and read together. This is a self-directed program. The library will provide supplies and directions for a craft that is age-appropriate. (Parents: We’ll have something for both age groups! Something different each Friday.)
Toy Recycling: Hey kids! Want to help keep plastic out of the ocean this summer? Bring your unwanted plastic toys to the library on Friday afternoons. We’ll box them and send them in to be recycled! Please remove batteries – stop at the library for a “what’s accepted/not accepted” flyer.

Week #2 –
Wednesday, June 22th, 2:30 – 3:15 p.m.,  “Zines”  for ages 6 and up
Participants will get “creative with collage” by making mini magazines with Emilie Steffen-Smith. This art project is inspired by author/illustrator, Melissa Sweet.

Thursday, June 23th, It’s “Turtles Ahoy! “with Pam Martin, Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, at the library. All ages!

Friday, June 24th, 3:00 – 500 p.m.-  Family Friday &  Hasbro® toy-recycling drive collection day
(see June 17th)

Week #3 –
Monday, June 27th, 10:00 a.m. – 10: 45 a.m., Dan, Dan, the Magic Man – (community center or library—TBD)

Wednesday, June 29th, 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. –  It’s time to get Ship-Shape!
We’re hoping Harry’s Ship-Building presentation will have inspired the captain in you. Can you keep your boat afloat?  How many pennies can your constructed boat hold before it sinks? We’ll also learn how to build a rubber-band powered boat!     

 Thursday, June 30th, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Story Time  for 3-5 – year-olds 
Exploring the ocean by boat!

We’ll be building a kid-sized ocean habitat and sailing a juice-box-boat from island to island. What other materials in nature might make a good boat or raft? We’ll also play a game of “Will it float?”–always a pre-k favorite!

Friday, July 1st, 3:00 – 500 p.m.-  Family Friday &  Hasbro® toy-recycling drive collection day
(See June 17th)

Saturday, July 2, 9:30 – 11:30, Kids turn in reading logs, collect prize (Hint: just in time for the July 4th holiday!) and certificate.

TBA – Summer Reading 2.0
We’re looking into scheduling some fun family activities later in the summer after the County Fair, when families return from vacations and school is still weeks away—you know, when kids are actually looking for things to do again
;~) How about a painting class? Who’s up for a board-game night? Anyone for an outdoor movie? If you’re more science-minded, we’ve got you! How about a Science Friday STEM program?  

 We welcome your feedback on any programming ideas! PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT APPEALS TO YOU. There are “oceans of possibilities!”