Ah, school is out for the summer. No more homework. No more after school activities. Long summer days.
Wait, yes, long summer days. School has been out for a couple days and how many times have you heard “I am bored; I have nothing to do.”?
This is where your public library comes to the rescue.
Some of the best summer reading programs are right in your public library. There are different summer reading programs at each local library, but almost all of them have rewards and prizes for kids, as well as fun events.
Libraries are not just for checking out books anymore. Libraries are for summer reading programs and lots of activities.
In a nutshell, this is what is in store for you at your local libraries.
Slater Public Library
“Build a Better World” begins on June 8, with a full schedule of activities beginning on June 12. The carnival kick-off will take place on Thursday, June 8, at 10 a.m. for all ages. The carnival is sponsored by Friends of the Library.
Mondays, 11 a.m.: the Builder’s Book Club for EK–second-graders will meet for books and fun projects.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.: Tween Book Club for third through fifth grades will meet for books, fun projects, speakers and field trips. Tuesdays, 1 to 2 p.m., will be for the LEGO Club and will be open to first- and second-graders. From 2 to 3 p.m. the third-graders and older will meet for their own LEGO Club. The LEGO Clubs are sponsored by Safe Building.
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.: Story Time Centers for toddlers and preschoolers.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.: will be special speakers and events, geared toward EK-fifth-graders.
Special events include:
June 15: Blank Park Zoo, sponsored by Ballard Veterinary Clinic
June 16: Pizza and Movie at 6 p.m. for sixth- through 12th-graders
June 22: Water Fights with Slater Fire Department, sponsored by Ballard Dental Associates
June 29: Science Center of Iowa, sponsored by Newman Accounting Solutions
July 13: Jester Puppets, sponsored by Carrel Chiropractic and Town and Country Market
July 20: Desi Payne, Magician/Comedian, sponsored by Slater Animal Hospital and South Story Bank
July 27: Picnic-Pool Party, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Lunch will be provided by Beirman Furniture.
Aug. 6: I Cubs baseball game at 1:08 p.m., a part of the Iowa Cubs Home Run Reader Program.
Be sure to get registered — turn your registrations in at the Slater Library circulation desk.
Huxley Public Library
In a nutshell, the Huxley Public Library will hold a kick-off event with magician Rick Brammer on June 13, at 10 a.m., in the Huxley Safe room. This is an event that everyone in the Huxley community is invited to attend.
Weekly programs for preschool through eighth grade will be held from June 12 through June 30 and continuing July 10 through July 28. These programs include book club for upper elementary, along with other Story County libraries.
Reading inventive prizes, projects, games and special visits from Huxley EMTs and Kreg Tool, along with a special opportunity to tour Kreg Tools’ business.
The Huxley Public Library serves children from the general public that pre-register, along with classes from LilyPad Learning Center and Whistle Stop Academy and Child Care Center.
The adult program is self-paced, with a book-sharing and potluck supper on July 31. There will also be a program after supper from AllSpice Culinarium from Des Moines about cooking with unique spices from around the world. High school students are invited to attend this as well.
All registration information is available at the library, on the city’s website and in the May Ballard Dimensions.
Cambridge Public Library
The Cambridge Public Library will kick off their summer reading program on June 14, at 10 a.m., with the theme “Build a Better World at the Library.”
Wednesday, June 21, 10 a.m.: The Hansons will be at the Community Center.
Wednesday, June 28, 1 p.m.: Patrons can come learn cake decorating at the Community Center, where Sara from Hy Vee will teach the art of cake decorating.
Wednesday, July 5, 10 a.m.: Steppy Stones will be at the library.
Wednesday, July 12, 10 a.m.: A presentation by the Blank Park Zoo will take place at the library.
Wednesday, July 19, 10 am: Those participating in the summer program will be able to build a bird house.
Wednesday, July 26, 10 a.m.: The program is yet to be announced.
Wrap up of the summer program will feature a party on Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. at the Community Center.
Jump on board at whichever library where you are a member. Adults and children alike are invited to balance out their summer, improve their reading, challenge themselves and find new adventures.
And, don’t forget to grab a great summer read, sit back and enjoy!