Summer Reading Program 2017

We have prize books and a scholarship drawing for youth who read books, programs for all ages, and rewards for children and teens who do hands-on summer projects.


Reading Prizes. Children and teens (K-12) who read for 10 hours can take home a book from our prize cart. Avid readers can keep winning books at a maximum of one per week. Come to the library beginning June 5th to pick up reading log sheets and return them to the library when complete.

NEST 529 Scholarship Drawing. All youth who turn in reading logs will be automatically entered into a $529 scholarship drawing that will be put into a new college savings fund. Five prizes will be awarded in this congressional district. (Caregivers may opt their kids out of the drawing.)


Events for Everyone. All ages welcome! (Under 8 must be accompanied.)
Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm at the library.

    June 6 – Chocolate Party. Make chocolate lollipops!
    June 13 – Husker Mobile Beef Lab. Come put your hand inside the stomach of a real live cow while you learn about the science of ruminants.
    June 20 – Library Quiz Night. How well do you know books and the films and music inspired by them?
    June 27 – Tabletop Games Night. Classic and new games for all ages.
July 4 – No events. Happy 4th!
    July 11 – Scavenger Hunt. All items and challenges can be found within the library.
    July 18 – Movie Night. The new Beauty and the Beast. We’ll stay open late to finish.
    July 25 – Ice Cream Party & Summer Project Judging. Ice cream party courtesy of Friends of the Library.


Tinker Time. Hands-on science and engineering tinkering, offered in partnership with Twin Rivers YMCA.
Open to all area elementary school students!
(Under 8 must be accompanied.)
Wednesdays 11am-12pm at Twin Rivers YMCA. 6100 Twin Rivers Circle, Valley.
    June 7 – Magnetism 
    June 14 – Electricity 
June 20 – Special Tuesday at 3pm at the library event. Mrs. Science from Science Reconnect will visit the library and amaze kids with the wonders of science.
June 21 – No Wednesday event this week.
    June 28 – Catapults 
    July 12 – Scribblebots 
    July 19 – Chemistry 
    July 26 – Tower Building 


Make-It-Yourself Project. Kids and teens can get creative this summer in their own way! Construct, design, or otherwise create something new. Then come to the library by July 15th to register your project for your age group:

1.    Entering kindergarten through entering 5th grade.
2.    Entering 6th grade through entering 12th grade.

Come to the July 25th ice cream party at the library to show off your project. You will receive a tinker kit of science and engineering knick-knacks. One project judged to be the most distinguished from each of these two groups will also receive an Ozobot robot as a grand prize! A tiny Ozobot can follow lines drawn on paper, or follow instructions you program into it at the website.

A list of suggested projects is available at the library.

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