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.
This is just one of several pictures we have of kids with books in the boat that's " floating" in the Library this summer. The boat has been a real hit with the kids and every once in a while we'll notice it's suddenly quiet in the kids section and we walk over and find some kids reading contentedly, flopped on pillows in the bottom of the thing. It never fails to make our day. Read more »
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 Library hosted its first Babygarten™ program yesterday. We now have a new definition for fun. This program is designed to help parents and caregivers provide a nurturing environment for their babies that will open up pathways in the brain for language development and pre-literacy skills. It's not a "teaching" program at all, but rather a lot of fun songs, rhymes and stories that create a bonding experience for parent and child. 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.