Beginning Monday, June 14 – two days before this article is published in the newspaper – Summer Reading is once again happening for every age group. Although we aren’t back to the huge crowds of kids and whole families that used to define summer reading fun, we have plenty happening. Everyone in our library district should have received a copy of our Summer Reading 2021 Newsletter in your mailbox. Here are some of the highlights in case you’ve accidentally put the newsletter into recycling already.
The official dates of Summer Reading are June 14 – July 30, lots of weeks of fun ahead. Here are the recurring events of Summer Reading each week:
Tuesdays: Story Time at the Market from 10:00 – 10:45. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join us at the Farmer’s Market for our weekly time of stories, songs, and movement. Also on Tuesdays, Teens and Tweens can pick up a Take It and Make It Kit at the library to make at home.
Wednesdays: Sign up for our Paws for Reading program. Reserve a private reading session with Frank the Dog or Midnight the Bunny. Bring your own book or read one of ours. For required reservations call 652-8323. (Having personally had one of my dogs as the first Reading Dog at our library, I can attest that kids love this activity and become engaged in reading differently with a non-judgmental friendly animal. Second note, don’t use engaging with reading animals as a way for your child to overcome a fear of dogs or other animals. The focus with this activity is on kids who enjoy animals reading to them.)
The Goosechase Scavenger Hunts are back for the summer. Download the Goosechase app and put in our weekly codes each Wednesday to participate in an around the town adventure with your family and friends. Weekly prizes will be awarded.
Thursdays: Summer Surprise! Drop in anytime between 10 – 12 at the library for a summer surprise event. Weekly family activities will be planned with topics posted on our website each week.
Other events include Martina Hahn on Tuesday July 13 at 5:00 p.m. for Picnic and Art at the Farmer’s Market. This talented artist will make a painting come alive for the library’s Children’s Wing. Bring your own blanket, lawn chair, and a family picnic.
The last activity to point out that continues at your own pace is the Reading Challenge for each age group – Adults, Teens and Tweens, and Children. You can clip out the cards for the reading challenges from last week’s newsletter that went to your home or pickup copies at the library. The choices are expansive enough to cover everyone’s favorite reading choices while also encouraging a variety of reading. Prizes for finishing the reading challenges will be awarded.
We want to be sure to thank our sponsors, too, including the Michigan Milk Producers Association, 7-11, Taco Bell, Weiss Centennial Farm and Kernel Benny’s Gourmet Popcorn and Specialties.
In addition to our newsletter, this column, the library’s blog, the library’s Facebook page, and directly asking librarians, check the scroll at the top of the library’s website home page for summer reading details. We hope to see everyone outside and around town and having a great time with Summer Reading 2021.
See you at the Library (and beyond)!