Local libraries have lots to offer this summer
Children, teens and adults can be heroes
By Julia Kilmer
School may be over and summer is here, but there are still lots of learning opportunities and fun to be had at local libraries, where children, teens and adults can be reading heroes by learning new things and win prizes, maybe even a Kindle Fire e-Reader.
Registration for the summer reading program is underway for children, teen and adults. To register for free and get a library card and reading log, people may visit a local library, or register online at http://tlc.library.net/bll/.
When children register, they get their own super hero, and for every five books read, listened to, or that is read to them, which can be a paper book, audio book, magazine, newspaper and similar reading materia., They get to put a sticker on their super hero, get a prize and get to register for the grand prize which will be given later in the summer, a Kindle Fire e-Reader. When summer is over, they get to take their super hero home with them.
Prizes and incentives for children, teens and adults will vary based on age category and may vary by branch.
Teens and adults also get to put their names into a drawing for the grand prize with one entry for every five books or reading sources read.
A total of six e-Readers will be awarded. Age categories for summer reading program and events are children, ages 0-12; teens, ages 13-18; and adults, ages 18 and up.
Verna Fry, in youth services at the Cassville branch library, likes to promote reading.
"As a retired elementary school teacher, I think reading is always important," she said. "My mantra was that you learn to read so you can read to learn. You continue reading for enjoyment but it also has the effect of keeping your skills sharp and you learn new things, new interests, and are more ready to begin school in the fall," she said.
Following is a list of events this summer at the Cassville, Eagle Rock, Shell Knob and Purdy branch library locations. The theme at each branch this summer is heroes.
* Preschool story time will be Thursday, July 2 and July 16 at 10 a.m. with fun stories all about heroes.
* The summer reading program continues on Thursdays through July 2 at 3 p.m., with fun stories to read and watch about heroes. July 9 will be at 3:30 p.m., and July 16 will be at 3 p.m. Some dates include special speakers and visitors, such as a visit from the Dickerson Park Zoo and Wonders of Wildlife. The last date, July 23, will be from 7-9 p.m. at the Cassville Aquatic Center. Call the library at 417-847-2121 to confirm dates, times and details.
* Teen Summer Reading Club Bam! Pow! Read! will be offered Tuesdays beginning through July 23 at 2:30 p.m., with the exception of the last meeting on July 23 which will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Cassville Aquatic Center.
* The Adult Summer Reading Club will feature Heroes Have Fun at the Cassville Aquatic Center on July 23 from 7-9 p.m.; and Epitaphs and Engravings with a George Washington Carver Park Ranger on July 28 at 5:30 p.m.
* Family Movie Nights are Fridays starting at 4 p.m.
* Yoga is on Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m.
* Bingo will be on the first Thursday of the month from 6-7 p.m.
* Technology help will also be available on the first Thursday of the month beginning July 16 from 6-7 p.m.
Eagle Rock Branch
* The summer reading program continues on Thursdays through July 23, with the last meeting to be held Monday, July 27 at from 7-8 p.m. with a pool party at the Cassville Aquatic Center. The time alternates on Thursdays between 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. so be sure to confirm with the library. Some dates include special speaker and visitors, such as a visit from Wonders of Wildlife or the Dickerson Park Zoo. Call the library to confirm dates, times and details at 417-271-3186.
* Adult Summer Reading Club Heroes Read! dates include: June 23 to July 10, Movie Villians; and July 14 to July 29, Literary Heroes.
* The Eagle Rock Lego Club will meet July 23 at 5 p.m. and July 23 at 5 p.m.
Shell Knob Branch
* The summer reading program continues on Thursdays at 1 p.m., with the last meeting to be held on July 27 from 7-8 p.m. with a pool party at the Cassville Aquatic Center. Some dates include special speakers and visitors, based on branch. Call the library at 417-858-3618 to confirm dates, times and details.
* The Adult Summer Reading Club will meet July 19 at 1 p.m. for Our Local Heroes, and on July 27 from 7-8 p.m. for a Pool Party at Cassville Aquatic Center.
* Life Spring Yoga with L. Rae will be July 7 from 2-3 p.m.
* Other events include: 1 p.m. today, Cape Making/Photo Booth-Create Your Own Super Hero; July 15 at 1 p.m., Super Hero Movie and Fun; July 17 from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Shell Knob Knitting; July 27 from 7-8 p.m., Pool Party at the Cassville Aquatic Center.
* The summer reading program continues on Wednesdays through June 24 at 10 a.m. The July 8 meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. and the last meeting will be held at 11 a.m. on July 22, and include a pizza party and awards celebration. July 13, 15 and 17 is come-and-go style all day to create your own Super Hero crafts. People can call the library at 417-442-7314 to confirm dates, times and details.
* The Summer Reading Club for Teens and Adults will meet on July 17 at 1 p.m. for Taxidermy with Shannon Ostertag, and on July 15 at 1 p.m. for Pressed Flower Art with Barbara Ward.