The theme for the 2014 Summer Reading program will be “The World Around Us”. T-shirts in children’s sizes will be available.
The summer reading program will kick off on Saturday, July 12th, with a program, “Where Did All of this Sand Come From?”, which will begin at 10:00 am presented by Michael Younger, a geologist who studied the White River Rock formation, between the Sandhills and the South Platte. Michael has a masters degree in geology and works as a middle school teacher. A second presentation geared toward older teens and adults will be offered on Tuesday, July 15th at 7:00 pm.
This will be preceded by reading The Dinosaur Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta, starting at 9:00 am., and coloring pictures from that book. You can choose your own dinosaur and its letter!
Focus this summer will be both on reading fun science books – including topics such as the sun and stars, the growth of plants, stories about where certain animals live and what they like to do. Other fun learning programs are planned with the computer, drawing, and doing other crafts.
Unlike previous years, the Summer Reading program will be divided into two age-groups.
The first group will be younger children, from approximately ages 2-8. That summer reading program will include having stories read to the kids. and the kids coloring or doing other crafts.
The second group, for older kids, teens, and tweens, will include book groups with more independent reading and discussing books we have read – similar to an adult book group. Crafts will be on those crafts which can be done throughout the rest of one’s lifetime – depending upon interest. These will include such things as gardening, needlework, designing your own webpage, and writing your first computer program.
There are no set rules on age groups. Older kids might want to participate in both groups.
Since several kids from one family may come in together from miles outside of town, there will be other activities for the other group. While the older kids’ program is going on, activities for younger kids will be available – including games and cartoons, and during the younger kids’ program, activities will be planned for the older kids.
The result of this will be that there will be twice the amount of time for all of the kids to enjoy fun things at the library this summer!