Lake area libraries offer summer activities

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Summer Reading Program events to kick off in June

The Shell Knob and Eagle Rock libraries have a variety of fun and educational activities for all ages this summer.

The theme for both branches is, "On Your Mark, Get Set...Read!"

Registration for the Shell Knob branch is underway, and many activities and visitors are planned, including a magician, a story teller, dulcimer-player and more.

On June 9 at 10 a.m., the library, located in the Bridgeway Plaza Shopping Center off State Highway 39, will host a summer kickoff event with Ventriloquist Angela and Friends.

"Everyone is welcome to our programs," said Anita Augustine, branch supervisor. "The Summer reading program is open to children, teens and adults. The more books one reads, the more opportunity for prizes. A Kindle drawing will be held at the end of the summer for readers reading the most books."

The summer schedule of activities is as follows:

* June 14 at 1 p.m., Sherry Norfolk, "Games People Play"

* June 23 at 10 a.m. Lego Fun with Kara (Build a Race Car!)

* June 30 at 10 a.m., Mike Anderson, Dulcimer Guy

* July 7 at 10 a.m., Judy Domeny Bowen, "Music, Stories and Fun!"

* July 12 at 1 p.m., Fishin' Magicians, "Catch the Magic Read!"

* July 21 at 10 a.m., Dickerson Park Zoo, "Walk With the Animals, Talk with the Animals"

* July 22 at 7 p.m., Pool Party at Cassville Aquatic Center

For more information on dates or events, people may call the branch at 417-858-3618.

The Eagle Rock Branch Library will also be offering a summer full of activities, featuring various performers and visitors, including Dickerson Park Zoo, Wonders of Wildlife and others.

"I think it will be a lot of fun this year," said Jennifer Cochran, branch supervisor.

To kick start the summer, the library will be hosting a special event Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

"There will be playground olympics, all kinds of different games, an old-time popcorn machine and drinks," Cochran said.

The summer schedule of events is as follows:

* June 9 at 3:30 p.m., Wonders of Wildlife "Animal Olympics"

* June 14 at 10 a.m., Games People Play" with Sherry Norfolk

* June 23 at 3:30 p.m., Dickerson Park Zoo presents "Walk with the Animals," Talk with the Animals"

* June 30 at 3:30 p.m. Join in the fun with Lego Club "Lego Races"

* July 7 at 3:30 p.m., Discovery Center "Experimenting with Energy"

* July 12 at 10 a.m., Fishin' Magicians - "Catch the Magic, Read!"

* July 22 at 7 p.m., Pool Party at the Cassville Aquatic Center

Cochran said there will not be separate programs for adults and teens this year, however, summer activities will be open to all ages, and the library may offer a teen program at the same time of a children's program, due to the library's rural location.

"We open the program to all ages," she said. "We'll have things the teens can do besides the kids' programs, if they want to, but not every week. Most of the programs are for all ages."

Cochran suggested calling in advance to inquire about dates and activities for teens and adults.

For more information about dates, events, and registration details, people may call the branch at 417-271-3186.

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