by Beth Cronk, Litchfield head librarian
Summer programming in all of the Meeker County libraries is underway. I manage the Grove City and Dassel public libraries as well as Litchfield, and our staff is running a Cosmos summer library program again this year. You’ve heard about Litchfield’s summer programs from Jan in previous weeks. I know that people who live in all parts of the county keep an eye on Litchfield media and visit our website, so let me tell you about what is happening in the other communities.
All three of the other towns are offering the “Dig Into Reading” summer reading program for kids ages three to eleven or twelve. At Dassel, the teen program is “Groundbreaking Reads” like it is at Litchfield, and at Grove City it’s called “Beneath the Surface”. It works basically the same at all of our locations: 1) sign up and get a book bag and a reading log; 2) fill out the reading log to track your reading time; 3) turn in completed reading logs to earn prizes, all summer long.
If you get a chance, stop in to the Grove City library this month to see their cute garden exhibit in the corner of the children's area. They plan to change the decorating theme each month to other fun digging-related things.
Grove City is offering special “Dig Into Reading” programs on four Mondays this summer: June 24, July 8, July 22, and August 12, from 1:30 to 2:15. They also will be holding three “Dig Into 4-H Fun @ the Library” programs on Mondays. Two have already happened in June, but one more will be held on July 15.
Grove City has some great teen programs that happen all year round, with a group of regulars who like to get together. They’d love to welcome more people! Margaret leads it and she is so much fun. There are two more “teen nites” happening this summer: Monday, July 15, and Monday, August 19, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. They’ve also just started a manga/anime club. That group will meet again on Monday, July 1, and Monday, August 5, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The Dassel library has a storyhour every Friday morning at 10:00, year-round. This summer the June storyhours have a gardening theme. In July and early August, the themes will be archaeology, dinosaurs, and mummies, and machines that dig. A bit later in August, the theme will be burrowing animals. Elisabeth reads stories, sings songs, and leads the kids in playing rhythm instruments, and some weeks the kids make a craft. If you live in the Dassel area, have young kids, and haven’t gone to that storyhour in the past year, you should come and see what a fun program Elisabeth does.
If you missed Professor Marvel’s Amazing Archaeological Adventure at Litchfield, you can catch it at the Dassel library on Monday, July 22, at 6:30 p.m. It really was amazing! Professor Marvel had the crowd of 150 people laughing: kids, adults, and even teens. It’s very entertaining and I highly recommend it. It’s free to attend and you don’t need to sign up.
The Minnesota Zoomobile will be presenting programs at both the Litchfield and Dassel libraries on Wednesday, August 21. There will be live animals to learn about! It will be fun for the whole family and free to attend.
We are offering a summer program at the former Cosmos Elementary building again this year. It began last week and runs through July. Every Tuesday from 4-6 p.m., Jennifer from Grove City Library and Elle from Litchfield Library will be there with bins of children’s books to borrow, prizes to pick up for turning in reading logs, stories to listen to, and crafts to do. Kids of all ages are welcome, as well as their parents and caregivers with them. We are setting up a couple of special programs in July that we’ll be announcing soon.
Whichever of these towns you can get to this summer, keep the kids reading and busy by visiting the library!