By Jan Pease
Here it is – the children’s department schedule for June, July and August 2013! Mark your calendars!
The theme for this summer is “Dig Into Reading,” and incredible things will be happening at Litchfield Library every week. Our summer officially begins on June 6th. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. and continuing throughout the day, children may sign up to participate in the reading program.
Parents, please make sure your children are reading and practicing math skills during the summer break. Children lose about 2 months of reading progress and as much as 2.6 months of math progress if they don’t practice those skills during summer vacation. If children read just 15 minutes a day they will improve their reading skills over the summer. Most teachers send home a math packet for the summer months, and math sheets are available at the children’s desk beginning in June. Our reading records are set up to support that magic 15 minutes a day, and children can fill up a reading record every two weeks A full reading record can be traded in for a small prize.
June 7th will be a big day at the library. Professor Marvel is visiting, and he will present his “Amazing Archaeological Adventures” at 3 p.m that afternoon. His magic is enjoyed by everyone, but is especially interesting for school age children.
June 12th marks the beginning of the story time programs. Again, the library will offer Toddler Time for babies and toddlers on Wednesdays at 10:15. Bedtime Story Time is for families with children who enjoy a bedtime story. Children sometimes come in their pajamas! Preschool Story Time on Fridays is planned for children ages three to six. We have a good time, share a book, and work on a simple art project. Children under the age of 3 must be accompanied by a caregiver.
Students who have finished grade 1 or 2 are invited to Beginner Book Club Thursday June 13, July 11, and August 8th at 3:00 p..m. Third graders who find the Elementary Book Club books a bit difficult are also very welcome. Students who have finished grades 3-5 are invited to Elementary Book Club Tuesday June 11, July 9, and August 13 at 3:00 p.m.. Students who have finished grades K-5 are invited to Fun with 4-H Thursday June 6, June 20 and July 18 at 3:00 p.m.
One Community One Vegetable will present story hour on July 19th at 10:00, celebrating peppers. Last year’s tomato story time was wonderful, so I’m really looking forward to this one.
Anyone who loves baseball is invited to come to the library Friday, July 26th at 10:00 a.m. to meet the Willmar Stingers!
And everyone loves animals, so plan to come to the library on Wednesday, August 21, to enjoy the Zoomobile from the Minnesota Zoo.
Wow! What a great summer! See you at the library!