By Jan Pease
Mark your calendars! Get ready for an incredible summer at Litchfield Public Library! The summer reading program, “Read for the Win @ Your Library” officially begins June 1st. Patrons ages 2-18 can sign up to participate. Each of these activities count toward completing the reading game: read for 15 minutes (up to one hour per day), attend a library program, check out a book about your favorite sport or physical activity, do an activity sheet at the library, read to a buddy or a pet, play a sport or do a physical activity for at least 20 minutes (one sport or physical activity per day), check out a Library Laptop or iPad with your library card to use while at the library, or ask a Librarian for a book recommendation. You will receive a (small) prize for every 10 items completed. Each completed game sheet handed in to the librarian will get your name entered in for a larger prize drawing at the end of the summer! The library game ends August 31st.
Friday, June 3 at 10:00 our very favorite magician, Professor Marvel, will present his show “The Magic of the Olympics: A Summer Reading Celebration.” If you remember, about 250 people came to his performance last year, which overwhelmed the library building. Litchfield Christian Church, at 312 North Marshall, has agreed to let us use their great room for this exciting event. There will be plenty of room, so come and bring friends and family.
The Watercade Princesses will visit the library on June 10th, and on June 11th we will have a special Second Saturday Story Time about the Summer Olympics. On Saturday, July 9th there will be no story time due to the Kiddie Parade.
On Friday, July 15 at 10:00 St. John’s Outdoor University will present their “Nature Olympics” program. They always present an educational and fun experience with lots of hands on activities. According to their website, St. John’s Outdoor University offers “preK-12th grade environmental education programs that strive to improve environmental literacy and emotional connectedness to the natural world through hands-on and age-appropriate field trips.” I love their message of land stewardship and conservation, and deeply appreciate their outreach programs.
On Saturday, August 13, at 10:00 Paul Spring will present a free concert. He has spent late spring canoeing down the Mississippi River stopping at river towns along the way. I think we will enjoy his music, and it’s a nice way to end our summer second Saturday story hour series.
Monday, June 9th marks the beginning of a great new program presented by Mariah Ralston, Art Journaling. If you’re in grades 4-8, you’re invited to participate in this project. All supplies are provided free of charge. If I were in 4th grade, I’d like to come and hang out, listen to music, and do a little art.
Regular children’s programs begin the week of June 6 with Toddler Time on Wednesdays at 10:15, and Preschool Story Time on Fridays at 10:00. So much fun, and we love books!
On 3rd Thursdays, the Beginner Book Club will meet from 3-4 p.m. The book for June is Clueless McGee, by Jeff Mack. This book was suggested by a member of the book club.
If you are age 4 and older and like to build with Legos, come to Brickheads on Thursday nights this summer at 6:30 p.m. We’re building every week, so it’s easy to remember when to come.
Teenaged patrons, ages 11-18 are invited to participate in activities on the 2nd and 5th Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. They do so many interesting things like geocaching, robotics, ginormous gaming, and coding. No sign up or fee involved, and refreshments are always served. There is something for everyone at Litchfield Library!