Back to School Game Day

How fast summer passes, soon the kids will be back to classes! To cap off their summer Elgin Public Library will be hosting a “Back to School” game day on Monday, August 12 from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. Kids in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to come anytime from 2:00 to 4:00 to play some outdoor games and enjoy some snacks. It will be lots of fun!!
Children who participated in the summer reading program and story time who have not picked up their gift bag, please stop by the library and do so by the end of August.

Rockets to the Rescue

Have you every wondered what it would be like to be an aerospace engineer? Professional engineers frequently encounter design challenges when developing, manufacturing and testing aerospace products. They must be creative and use their imaginations to best solve problems. During our final activity time, the kids designed, built and launched a rocket to test for height and distance. The pictures show the kids testing their rocket creations.

New Service at Library

Are you having family home for the weekend or guests coming? We have another new service available at the library. Patrons can check out yard games for these special events . These include Corn Hole, Giant Pong, and Ladder toss. We hope you will stop in and take advantage of this new feature.

Magic Show to Close out Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading is winding down. Our last story time will be Wednesday, July 10, and the last activity time will be Thursday, July 11. Our Summer Reading Challenge will also end on July 11. On July 12, we will culminate our summer reading with a magic show. The “Out of this World” magic show featuring Jeff Quinn will be held at the Community Center at 2:00. The public is invited to attend. The show runs about 40 minutes and contains lots of audience participation, family-friendly humor and amazing magic. He always builds his Summer Reading Program show around the theme, so this year it’s going to be all about outer space. There will be tricks with planets, astronauts, rockets…and even an appearance by a friendly visitor from another planet. It’s going to be a lot of fun!


Story time children show off their astronaut helmets. They are ready to blast off on their own adventure!

When was your last big adventure? Orville, a penguin, lives at the zoo. He is surrounded by animal pals who go on exciting adventures. A hang gliding rhino! A deep-sea diving giraffe! One day he concocts an adventure all his own: build a spaceship and fly to the moon all by himself. Can one tiny penguin get there alone?

Activity Time

The kids have really enjoyed having Travis Rudloff from the Antelope County Extension Office lead our Summer Reading Activity Time. He has done a variety of activities from building space stations, making moon sand and slime, to talking about the different types of bees and pollination. We have enjoyed having Travis be a part of our summer reading program. He made each session fun as well as educational. We hope Travis will join us again next year. We will not have Activity Time on Thursday, July 4, but will finish out on July 11.

Kierstyn receiving her trophy for best space station design.

Aliens Invade the Library!

Is there Life on Mars? This week in summer reading the children listened to the story, Life on Mars by Jon Agee. A young astronaut is sure there is life to be found on Mars. He sets off on a mission, determined to prove the naysayers wrong. But when he arrives with a package of cupcakes as a gift, he sees nothing but a nearly barren planet. Finally, he spies a single flower and packs it away to take back to Earth as proof that there is life on Mars. But as he settles in for the journey home, he opens his cupcakes—only to discover that someone has eaten them all! Unbeknownst to the little explorer, a Martian has been wandering through the illustrations the whole time—and he got himself a delicious snack along the way. Unbeknownst to us, story time was also invaded by aliens. Pictured are the 25 aliens that landed at the library.

Summer Reading Begins

Mallory Valerie Emily Mickels just saved up nine hundred ninety-nine nickels. This catchy sentence was a trick to help the story time children remember the names of the planets and remember them quick. Summer story time started on Monday, June 3 with 14 children attending. We read the book Chicken In Space by Adam Lehrhaupt and made rockets to send our own chickens out in to space. On Wednesday 22 children listened to the story There’s No Place Like Space –All About Our Solar System by Tish Rabe. To help the children learn more about the solar system they made head bands which included the planets as well as the sun. With the help of Mallory Valerie Emily Mickels you can learn the names of the planets as long as you save up nine hundred ninety nine nickels.
Activity time began on Thursday, June 6. Travis Rudloff from the Antelope County Extension office read Let’s Explore the Moon by Walt K. Moon. The kids also made “moon sand” and built space stations. Stop by the library and vote for your favorite space station. A trophy goes to the winner!

Story time kids flying their rockets!

Story time kids showing off their “solar system” headbands.

Summer Reading – A Universe of Stories

Come join Elgin Public Library for story time beginning Monday, June 3. Young children from the ages of three to seven are invited to story time on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:00-10:45. If you have young visitors in your home they are welcome to come too! Join us for stories, crafts and games. IT WILL BE OUT OF THIS WORLD!

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 6 and end on July 11. Travis Rudloff will once again be in charge of activities for the upper grades.