Katie Paul

Katie Paul

Summer is here! That means Summer Reading and the busiest time of the year for us at the library are upon us. As always, we are offering programs and chances to win some great prizes for patrons of all ages. 

This year’s theme is A Universe of Stories. This year is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, so it’s a great time to celebrate this historic event and have some fun with the idea of space and space travel.

Although we host Summer Reading for everyone at the library, this program has historically focused on children. The summer is a time for fun and relaxation, at least for those of us who don’t work at the library! The down side, though, is that it’s a time where many kids lose some of the knowledge they work so hard to gain during the school year. This is known as the summer slide. Research shows that reading or being read to over the summer will help kids maintain or improve their reading skills. Summer Reading is a fun and free way for kids to thrive outside of school and who knows, they may even win a bike. It’s a win-win.

Remember the fun and relaxation I mentioned earlier? Well, we have that covered, too. Miss Colleen has done a wonderful job of putting together a series of great free movies for kids every Monday through Aug. 12. Movie showings are at 2 p.m. and include popcorn and water. I can’t mention the titles for copyright reasons, but stop by to see movies about a guy who likes to wreck things, a posh magical nanny, and the grumpy guy whose heart might just grow three sizes.

We also have a great lineup of Terrific Tuesday programs that happen each Tuesday at 1 p.m. through July 30. There will be themes like dogs, music, yoga, and reptiles. There’s something for everyone! We have another program we’re expanding just for the summer. Stop by every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for Lego Club with Bridget. We’ll break out our most fun Legos and see what happens.

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about the grownups. There are quite a few people I’ve talked to who didn’t know we do Summer Reading for adults. It’s pretty laid back and will hopefully fit into the summer reading you are already doing. 

When you sign up, you’ll receive a nice, shiny card to track your progress. Each planet in the solar system is a category and for each book you read, you get a prize entry. To complete Neptune, read a book set somewhere cold. For Venus, read a book about a woman. The categories are specific enough to give you a little challenge, but broad enough that I bet you could fit whatever book you read into a category. 

Don’t forget that ebooks and audiobooks count. You can get them for free on your phone or tablet through Bridges. You just might win a cool constellation mug, a pair of over-ear headphones, or a subscription to this very paper. 

Teen prizes, including a bike, are also included upstairs. Teens can use the same cards as the adults or free read whichever books they like to receive prize entries.

I would like to say thank you to the Friends of the Library; Summer Reading wouldn’t happen without their financial assistance and volunteer time. If you love the library and would like to be more involved, I would encourage you to join. Stay tuned, we’ll have more fun things coming up this summer.