Summer Reading Activities

Storytime was rockin’ this week. We were fortunate to have Mrs. Rachel Becker read Music Class Today by David Weinstone. Along with the story the children played instruments, danced and waved scarves to music, marched around the library and sang songs accompanied by Mrs. Becker on her guitar. A big thank you to Mrs. Becker for the very musical story time.

On Thursday, June 14th Travis Rudloff, an intern from the Nebraska Extension office read The Magic School Bus In the Haunted Museum by Linda Beech to the children attending the activity time. Following the story they spent time experimenting with sound using jars and water. Travis will be helping out with activity time during the remainder of our summer reading program.

Summer Reading Rocks!

Elgin Public Library rocks and so does our Summer Reading Program. Story time began on Monday, June 4. It is held every Monday and Wednesday. We have had about 22 children attend each story time. Check out our website to see all of our story time activities. We held our first activity time on Thursday, June 7. Since our theme is Libraries Rock, the kids made a “Rock” band as part of their activity. They are on display in the library. Come on in and take a look.
New children’s books are Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie by James Dean, The Nuts Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants by Eric Litwin, and Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo by John Lithgow. A new book in the juvenile section is Jada Jones Rock Star by Kelly Starling Lyons.

Sing and Dance In Your Polka Dot Pants

Summer reading started off with a song and a dance with nineteen children attending. We read the book “The Nuts: Sing and Dance In Your Polka Dot Pants by Eric Litwin. Following the story they made egg maracas and danced to the “Polka Dot” song. They then decorated their own polka dot cookies. The next story time will be Wednesday, June 6 at 10:00.

Libraries Rock!

The theme this year is “Libraries Rock!” Students of all ages are invited to read! This summer we will keep track of the minutes you read and have a program or two along the way! Attached to this letter is a registration form. Please complete it and return it to the library if you wish to participate in the summer reading program. Each reader also has the opportunity to participate in the Norfolk Daily News summer reading program which focuses on reading newspapers. This 4 week program begins Monday, June 4 and runs through Saturday, June 30, 2018. Free copies of the Norfolk Daily News will be at the library.

Young children from the ages of three to six are invited to story time on Monday and Wednesday mornings beginning June 4 and lasting until July 11th. Story time will be from 10:00-10:45. If you have young visitors in your home they are welcome to come too!

Children who have completed grades 2-5 are invited to come on Thursday afternoons at 1:00 for activities which may include plays, games, art projects, etc. Activity time will last about 1 hour and will start on Thursday, June 7 and end on July 12.

Lego League

On Monday, May 14, Elgin Public Library held the last Lego League for the school year. There were 16 students who participated. Tessa Hain from the Extension Office was our guest. She brought robotic kits for the students to use. There was a lot of fun and excitement while building their robots with even more excitement when they worked. Lego League will resume in the fall.

News From the Library

Want to take a break and watch a good movie. The Elgin Public Library is starting a new collection of DVD’s. We have ordered just a few to get started but our goal is to add several each month. The first DVD’s will be for children. To date we have purchased “The Greatest Showman”, “Coco”, “Wonder” and “Moana”. We hope you stop by and check out a movie. In addition to the new DVD’s there are several new books on the shelf. If you like the suspense and mystery novels we have The Cutting Edge by Jeffery Deaver, The Fallen by David Baldacci, Twisted Prey by John Sandford , The 17th Suspect by James Patterson and Twenty-one Days: A Daniel Pitt Novel by Anne Perry. If you prefer a more contemporary romance novel we have The Family Gathering by Robyn Carr. The third book in her Sullivan’s Crossing series she relates to small town characters and weaves real life elements into her plots. For the western fan, Hang Him Twice is new from author William W. Johnstone. We have also received an older large print series by Robert B. Parker and Robert Knott. The series includes: Appaloosa, Resolution, Brimstone, Blue-eyed Devil, Ironhorse, Bull River, The Bridge, Blackjack and Revelation.

Book club books have arrived. This month the ladies will be reading “The Outside Boy” by Jeanine Cummins. This heart-warming story brings 1950s Ireland to life, and explores the universal bonds of family, community and identity.

Another interesting collection that you can view at the library is a set of items donated by Rita Wagner. These items tell a story of the many businesses past and present that have lined the streets of Elgin over the years.