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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:53

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ELLY GRIMM

• Leader & Times



Summer vacation is right around the corner, and for some, it will be the perfect opportunity to catch up on some reading. 

This year’s theme for the summer reading program for all ages is ‘Build a Better World.’ The program will be starting June 1 and staff at Liberal Memorial Library will be hosting a kickoff party at 6:30 that evening at the library with Poppa D Clown for everyone. The program will last through July, a total of eight weeks. According to Liberal Memorial Library Children’s Librarian Elizabeth, there will be a lot of activities to do. alt 

“We’re going to have three story times a week, so people can pick and choose the best time for them, and then we’re going to have guests pretty much every week,” Rankin said. “We have Mad Science coming back, PBS always comes and does a story time, we have Aaron Fowler, who’s a singer, he’s coming. We’ll also have the cosmetology students from the college come and do hair and nails. We’re going to have a lot of fun stuff going on. Last year was the first year we’d done it the full eight weeks whereas in the past, we only did it in June, so we’re doing the eight weeks again this year. As far as changes ... along with some of the returning favorites, we’ll also have some different activities from what we had last year.”  

For those signed up, if they read 25 hours or more during the course of those eight weeks, they receive a prize, and if they read 50 hours or more, they will receive the high reader prize.

“Since this year’s theme is ‘Build a Better World,’ I think we’ll probably be doing some Lego building and different building challenges and things like that,” Rankin said. “I think that’s really fun because it’s really hands-on for the kids and a great way for them to learn. I’m excited for this year, Mad Science always does a great presentation, and just getting the kids into the library and building and having fun, that’s great.”

The summer reading program is open to the whole community, and Rankin encouraged any and all to sign up. People can sign up in person at the library, or visit the library’s web site at lmlibrary.org and sign up there. 

“It’s not really that hard. As far as getting a prize, they only have to read for 25 hours over the course of eight weeks, and I think that’s about 30 minutes per day,” Rankin said. “We have a lot of fun stuff scheduled, and from the system library, I’m borrowing a little mouse the older kids will be working to try and program. That’s especially fun because it challenges you to think through which way the mouse needs to go, because what you’ll do is build a little maze and then program the mouse to go through it.”

Overall, Rankin said she is excited about this year’s activities. 

“Along with some of the returning favorites, we’ll also have some different activities from what we had last year, so it should be great for everyone,” Rankin said. “And I love the theme, I think the great thing is it has a lot of different applications. Like I said earlier, we’re probably going to be doing some Lego building, probably working to ‘build’ yourself into a better person, and trying to make our world better. There’s so much we can do with it.”

 

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