This photo shows just a portion of the crowd that the Library had at its Finale Event and Picnic to celebrate another successful summer reading program. Over 160 attended the performance of entertainer and magician Jeff McMullen. Over 100 stayed for our annual picnic. It was a great day and though we were all very tired at the end of the day, we locked the doors and got in our cars with a great feeling of satisfaction of a job well done. This summer's program was so much fun. The theme worked so well in inspiring the kids and staff liked it too. We had crowds of at least 100 at all of our special programs and our in-house programming was well attended too. Read more »
It has felt like spring for so long that it seems summer should have started and be in full swing by now. And then again, like it always does, summer and the program that goes with it is creeping up on us here at the Library. The summer time is our busiest time of year. Some days we are so busy here we lose our voices and our minds, but no one seems to care as long as the fun and camaraderie keep going. The buzz is starting as we have completed almost all of our school visits (we did 12 presentations this year, covering grades 4-K through 8th at both schools) and we've released the magical program schedule. It's all official starting Monday June 11th when the doors open at 9:30 am. That's when anyone aged 0-18 can sign up and get started with the Library's summer program. Read more »
The Library sees a lot of action during the summer months. The action taking place in this photo is the best kind there is. This is exactly what we hoped having the boat would inspire. Reading is fun all by itself, but giving kids a unique place to do it makes it even more so. Take books to the beach, to the cabin, to the campsites, to the picnics, to the park. Take the books, the reading will follow.
But that I would have had my camera today while I was at the Manawa Elementary School promoting the Summer Reading Program. I spent my morning forming conga lines with kids to the tune Splish Splash by Bobby Darin. It was great fun even if it did leave me a little winded. Mrs. Porter the School Librarian, and even some of the teachers joined in all the fun too. Other great moments included being able to hear a pin drop while I read the book All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, and seeing the kids recognize the irony in the book Shark in the Park! by Nick Sharratt. The theme this year is Make a Splash: Read and it's one that is going to give us many opportunities for fun. We've been busy purchasing new books and getting them ready for the kids to check out, planning clever on the spot activities for participants to do and planning the special programs that make this time of year so fun. The kick-off event will be a visit from Dino of Nature's Niche in Stevens Point. Dino is bringing his Animals of the Rainforest program and we're expecting a full house. Also coming later in June is singer/songwriter Tom Pease. His shows are crowd pleasers and we'll be hosting him up at Little Wolf High School to accomodate the crowd. Read more »
The summer reading program is in its 6th week and continues to be a blast for staff and participants alike. At no other time of the year do you see anything quite like it in the library. There is lots of noise, lots of activity and lots of camaraderie between staff and kids. I encourage everyone to come in and visit the library over the next several weeks to see the incredible art that has been created by young people in this community. Every day we are amazed at what comes in the door. There has also been a lot of music at the library this summer - what with adults and kids doing the Bunny Hop and playing percussion instruments to the song Wipeout. I still haven't been able to coax anyone to Hand Jive with me, but I haven't given up hope.Young people want things to do and more importantly they want someone to value what they're doing. We hope we're accomplishing both of those things this summer.And so as we wind down this summer's program and get a little wistful about how fast it went, I want to thank the parents in this community for supporting the program and guiding their children to value the library as a place to spend their precious summer hours.