We are four weeks into our summer reading library program with seven more weeks to go. There is still plenty of time to register for the reading program, to attend events and win prizes!
The program runs until Monday, Aug. 17. The library staff encourages children and families to read all summer long to avoid the summer slide. We want everyone to return to school with reading skills improved! Most of all we encourage reading because it’s fun, helps develop concentration, creates strong family bonds, and did we mention it’s fun!
So far we’ve enjoyed Madcap Puppets from Cincinnati, attended a field trip at the Fayette Regional Airport, giggled with Ronald McDonald, and marveled at Ben the Canine Cop and his handler, Caleb Conn from the Fayette Co. Sheriff’s Office. We watched Ben sniff out drugs and attack a very brave father (using the attack sleeve)!
We’ve laughed at Brink’s the Doberman from the Humane Society jump through hoops, play dead, and do other funny tricks. There was a furry ferret and a parrot along for the action. We’ve also hosted hundreds of kids during Story Time and Books & Blocks. Story Time leaders, Aaron Teter, and Noel Lesniak are reading and teaching about super heroes including local heroes like teachers, police officers, fire fighters and even librarians!
We’ve had a blast “acting” out during Reader’s Theatre and we made at least 200 Father’s Day Cards. Kartoons for Kids was inspiring as we watched many budding artists create great cartoons. Other fun programs we’ve enjoyed included Lego competitions, tours to the EMS of Fayette Co., Vermeer, the Museum and the Court House. The last day in June we learned about “mindfulness” for kids with Shannon Jacobs. Check out our website at www.cplwcho.org or stop by the library to learn about upcoming programs in July and August.
So far we have registered more than 600 kids between 1 and 12 for the reading program. There are many more programs left and still plenty of time to register for July and August programs. Children registered for the reading program can also register for weekly prizes to attend the Children’s Theatre in Columbus and Cincinnati, Young’s Dairy Farm, The Wilds, The Art Museum of Columbus, and many other exciting places. Additionally, children that complete the reading requirements for the summer program will receive coupons to area businesses like Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, Roller Haven, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, Tim Horton’s and many more!
Overall, it’s a summer of fun at the library. We enjoy seeing families and kids come in and get excited about the books they are reading! Everyone has different reading tastes, and our job is to find the perfect book for the non-fiction, mystery or fantasy readers or books for animal lovers. Some kids like thrillers, some like historical fiction and others might enjoy biographies. There is a book for everyone!
Don’t miss out on a summer of fun and great experiences at Carnegie Public Library.