Library Column for July 26, 2017

@ Your Library

Whew! Summer 2017 just keeps chugging along, if I don’t watch it, summer will fade before I’ve read at the beach, and wherever else the weather allows. Summer reading continues at the library with the teen and adult programs having just over two weeks left before we do our drawing for prizes. All slips for books read need to be turned in by Friday, August 11th at 6pm. August 11th is also the last day for kids to record their fifth visit to the library this summer and order a summer reading t-shirt.

Stories and more continue for three more weeks on Thursday mornings at 10:30am. The last summer story session in Thursday, August 10th. Tech Club will continue for four more weeks on Tuesday afternoons at 1:30pm for kids in grade 3 and below and at 2:30pm for youth in grade 4 and above. Neither of these programs require sign-up, just come the weeks you are in town and interested. And then take a look at our stealth programming in the junior room. Each week we hide 8 – 12 items in the junior room for a scavenger hunt, provide a mystery bag craft project to take home, put out a STEM activity as well as a game of some sort. Come spend time just enjoying being together and playing. No pressures, no expectations, just playing together. We want the library to help encourage conversation, playing and discovery.

Stop by the library Tuesday, August 1 between 10am and 4pm and create a luminary to use in a community walk at 9pm that evening as part of National Night Out activities at Smokey Bear Park. We will move our supplies to the park at 4pm, so if you aren’t available during the day, come out to the park after 4 and spend the evening playing, eating and discovering neighbors and the various forms of law enforcement in your community. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

    Whatever your plans the month of August, be sure and take a book along and spend time each and every day reading. Read as you wait in line read as you wait for a doctor, read on the beach, read on the plane, read while waiting for fish to bite. The point is to read. Reading provides mental stimulation, increases knowledge, reduces stress, expands vocabulary, improves memory, focus and concentration, increases tranquility, and can help improve writing skills and analytical thinking. But best of all reading is free entertainment, especially if you use your public library to borrow books whether physical or digital. If you want to borrow digital materials visit or if you are a city resident and start borrowing today.