It's that time of year once more . . .when lots of information comes out about the library's Summer Reading Program. This year's theme One World Many Stories will offer a wonderful program that will be ready to launch on Tuesday, May 31. All you need to do before that date is to stop in the library and sign up. Sign up will begin on Monday, May 23, when our doors open and will be available during library hours that entire week. Our groups start with the Wee Ones and go up through the group for children entering fifth and sixth grade in the fall.
What is the purpose of signing up, you ask. Sign up allows you to assist your child in setting a realistic reading goal for the five-week program. As an incentive, the library offers an opportunity for children to earn a summer reading tee shirt if they set a goal of at least ten hours of reading during the five weeks and reach that goal. In addition, library staff members get an idea of how many children to plan for at the weekly story and craft sessions for the various age groups. In addition to just reading, these age group sessions give the children a fun time at the library each week at a designated time.
Special programs are also offered for the whole family throughout summer reading. When you sign up, you will be given a schedule of everything happening at the library. The schedule includes a section to tear off and turn back in when your child's reading goal is met. Summer is a busy time and not everything may fit into your family's schedule, but you are welcome to participate in summer reading however it works best for your family.
It is a research-proven fact that children lose reading skills over the summer if they do not practice. What a fun way to make sure your children get in some reading during the summer!
Up to this point, children have been the topic, but the teens have their own program entitled You Are Here. Special activities are planned for them during the five weeks. They sign up just like the children and set their goal to work toward the tee shirt. Voracious readers in both the children's and teens' groups (those who read 35 hours or more during the five weeks of summer reading) qualify for our High Readers Club. Those young people will be treated to an outing at the end of the program.
Novel Destinations is the theme of our Adult program this year. It will run from May 31 through July 18. At sign up, adults will receive a special passport and an opportunity to turn in tickets to qualify for prize drawings.
In keeping with this year's One World Many Stories theme, lots of new books have been purchased. The My First Book series will help to explore how various words are said in various other countries. Books in the series include, but are not limited to, Japanese Words, Vietnamese Words, Italian Words, and German Words. Another new title is Monkey by Gerald McDermott. Monkey is a trickster tale from India and is an example of some of the stories that will be shared during our weekly story and craft sessions.
Kicking off our special programs will be Laercio Lobo and Iago Goncalzes from Brazil. Both of these young men are attending college here in Liberal. That program is on Wednesday, June 1 at 3:30. On Thursday evening, June 2 at 6:30, will be Llamas on the Lawn, featuring the llamas of Terryl and Betty Hollman. The following week, June 7 at 6:45 will be a Multi-Lingual Story Time featuring Fannie Benincasa reading in French, Olga Cisneros reading in Spanish, and me reading in English
Fannie will return on Wednesday, June 8, at 3:30, along with Juraj Stepanovic, for a program on the European countries of France and the Czech Republic.
On June 17, Dr. Randy Gill will present a program on India at 2:00 p.m.
Another Seward County Community College student, Nathan Nelmes, will be presenting a program on Australia on the 23rd at 2:30. Week five of summer reading will include two young men from the continent of Africa--Idowu (John) Esomojumi and Opeyemi Salami, telling attendees about their African countries on Tuesday, June 28, at 1:30. Our final program is the Lee Richardson Zoo on Thursday, June 30, at 2 p.m. They always bring an intriguing set of animals to show and ask only that the audience be punctual and remain quiet during their presentation.
Have we got excitement? You bet! Plan to join us for a good time this summer. See you at Memorial Library!