Library Column for June 3, 2022

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Summer Reading for 2022 is “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” and challenges us all to look beyond our borders, expand our horizons and explore the outside. Summer programming will run from Monday, June 6th to Friday, August 12th. Ask your kids if they got a summer reading booklet from their teachers or stop by the library beginning Monday, June 6th to pick up a copy.

We are so excited to be able to bring two outside performers to the community this summer. Both were scheduled for summer 2020 and we have finally been able to safely get them rescheduled. TaikoArts will perform in the bandshell on Wednesday, June 8th at 7pm. This Japanese drumming group who will share the history and cultural context of taiko drumming in Japan and the United States. Then the following Wednesday, June 15th at 7pm in the bandshell we will hear Afoutayi Dance, Music and Arts group perform in the bandshell, sharing about Haitian culture through dance. Don’t miss these amazing performances.

The Friends of the Library book sales will be Monday, June 13th from 3 – 5pm, Wednesday, July 6th from 5 – 7 pm, Thursday, August 4th from 11am – 1pm and Friday August 26th from noon – 4pm. All sales are by donation with proceeds benefiting the Friends support of library programming.

Each Monday evening we will post a new scavenger hunt. One week the hunt will be in the junior room the next week it will be an outside hunt. Take time as a family to explore together.

Career fun and exploration for elementary students will be held the second Tuesday of each month at 11am. Explore options for what you like doing and what you are good at doing with our very talented summer staff member Ella.

Wednesday mornings at 11 am elementary aged students can join staff to explore STEAM and discover how fun, silly, and serious learning can be. Each session will be approximately an hour and finish each week with an outdoor game.

Storytime returns on Thursday mornings at 10:30, on the south lawn when weather allows. Families with children of all ages are welcome to join us for 30 – 40 minutes of stories, rhymes and more about the outdoors.

Friday mornings from 10:30 – noon is BIG PLAY! Preschoolers and early elementary aged students are encouraged to bring a big person and explore the world around us through play.

Teens, adults and families can attempt to solve our puzzles in the lobby and ‘escape’ the library for prizes. Not a true escape room, but fun nonetheless (at least we hope so.) The puzzles will be available anytime the library is open.

Teens and adults can also enjoy four take-home arts projects this summer. Check out the summer reading brochure or calendar for dates new projects will be available.

Who knows what summer will bring weather wise, so we will put out fort building materials on rainy days and encourage families to build a book fort together and cuddle up and read.

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