by Stacey Embry,
Director,
Morgan County Library
Summer Reading Program is upon us, one week away from the day you read this! This year we received a grant to help expand our services. One of the requirements for the grant is that it must be eight weeks in length. Last Saturday, our LEGO Play Day involved our first “event.” Our youth were able to create items for our SRP display. This Wednesday, was our second “event”, the youth worked on preparations for SRP. Our official kick-off is on Wednesday, May 31.
We have printed flyers and calendars to keep all the dates clear for our patrons, and maybe for us, too. In the past, June was when we conducted our SRP; 10 a.m. each Wednesday in June we would have a special program for SRP. This year, our programs are different. I am going to do a run down for you. Hold on tight, take notes, there is a lot going on!
First and foremost, last year, for each book read, the kids added a link to our chain. Our chain ended up being 423 feet long! This year, for every five books read, our patrons will add a can to our pyramid. The theme for SRP is “Build a Better World.” The goal is to empower our community to build a better world. One step toward bettering our world will be sharing with those in need. The cans from the pyramid will be donated to our local food pantry. We still need canned food items, so please help us by donating items through the month of July.
Wednesday, May 31 is our official sign-up day. The program, “My Community,” will start 10 a.m. All programs will start 10 a.m. unless noted otherwise. Our guest will be Donna Chapman from the food pantry. The kids will also participate in a contest by creating and decorating a paper house for display. This event is open to all ages.
Wednesday, June 7 will be a “standard” story time. Our standard story times are geared toward pre-school age children.
Saturday, June 10, we will have a LEGO Party 10:30 a.m. This event is open to pre-school children and our youth.
Wednesday, June 14, “My Environment” program will be hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation. That night at 6 p.m., we will have our standard story time.
Monday, June 19 at 6 p.m. will be our adult book club. We will be discussing “The Giver” quartet by Lois Lowry (books are available at the library).
Wednesday, June 21, “My Food” program will be discussing food production with emphasis on composting. Our host will be the Eckhoff family. The program will be open to all ages. At 3 p.m., youth volunteers will be constructing a maze for the end of SRP party.
Saturday, June 24, the library will be hosting a Farmers’ Market. Applications can be picked up at the library. During the market, various guests from the community will be conducting seminars related to farming production; specifically organic and homesteading. This program will be open to all ages.
Wednesday, June 28, “My Safety” program will be hosted by Craig Baumgartner and his girls. They will build a bird house and discuss tool safety. The program attendees will help construct bird houses that will be shared throughout the community. This event is for all ages.
Wednesdays, July 5, 12, and 19 will be standard story times. Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19, and 26 will be a youth specific program LEGO Robotics hosted by the University of Missouri Extension at 3 p.m. This program is limited to the first 20 fourth through eighth graders who sign up. Sign-up will be in June.
Wednesday, July 12 at 4 p.m., we will have our youth book club discussion.
Wednesday, July 19, the youth volunteers will meet 4 p.m. to continue building the maze.
Saturday, July 22 at 10 a.m. and Wednesday, July 26 at 6 p.m., we will have our adult book club. We will be discussing “Lab Girl.” This book is our “One Read” for the summer. We would love to have everyone in the community read the book. You don’t have to attend book club, so stop by the library and pick up a copy!
Wednesday, July 26 is our SRP Party. Yep, we celebrate making it through. All ages are invited.
There will be various prizes weekly and we have three “grand” prizes. The grand prize winners will be selected from all patrons who finish their “blueprints.” The blueprints involve reading and activities that support the SRP theme.
Did you get all of that? If not, come by and get a calendar. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I will be posting about all of the activities as we get closer.
For more information, visit the Morgan County Library, 600 N. Hunter, in Versailles; call 573-378-5319; or see the library’s website at morgancountylibrary.org. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.