The Logan County Public Library has started its annual Summer Reading Program, and there is still room for more.
This year’s program theme is “Every Hero Has a Story” and offers children hands-on activities that will not only supply fun-filled days, but also provide educational experiences that help kids learn during the summer months.
The program is free and offered to children of all ages.
According to Carole Ann Faulkner, Library Director for Children Services, over hundreds of families and children register each year for the summer program.
The program officially began June 5th with a kick-off of MadCap puppets, but don’t worry, if you haven’t signed up there is still time. Just come to the library and join in all the fun.
“It is wonderful to see how a simple story, craft or game can create a world where everyone is equal, simply enjoying the library and all it has to offer,” Faulkner said. “The children line up eagerly to begin their day or fun and learning.”
The most exciting part of the program is the rise in reading the children will accomplished. Each child keeps a reading log and upon reaching their goals are able to get a prize from the treasure chest, which is quite the incentive.
Faulkner visits each school in Logan County before school lets out for the summer. She touches base with the students and personally invites them to come out and enjoy what the library has to offer. “I think they look forward to this each year,” she said.
Faulkner said everyone in the community has been very wonderful and supportive.
“It’s going to be a great summer and the library provides a safe and educational environment for parents and grandparents to bring their children,” said Faulkner.
The program will go through July 24 and is packed with lots and lots to do. The following are some of the highlights:
Tuesday, June 9, 10:30 a.m.- Magnetism
Magnetism is a mysterious phenomenon. Discover which objects are attracted to magnets as well as repulsion, properties of magnets, poles, types of magnets, and magnetic fields.
Wednesday, June 10, 10:30 a.m.- Superheroes of Science
Fun hands on activities and crafts show the work of scientists like Neil Armstrong and Albert Einstein.
Friday, June 12, 10:30 a.m.- Orr’s BouncinFun
Swoop, fly, and leap tall buildings in a single bound with Orr’s BouncinFun, a great place to start your hero training.
Tuesday, June 16, 10:30 a.m.- Animal Tales: Reptiles
Scaly things are taking over the Library! Meet snakes and lizards as well as frogs and tortoises while learning about their habitats and behaviors.
Wednesday, June 17, 10:30 a.m.- Dream a Little Dream
Follow your dreams; set your goals and accomplish them; and become a part of the performance! Learn how with Zac Bush of SKyPAC.
Friday, June 19, 10:30 a.m.- Superhero Mark Wood Fun Show
Enjoy comedy, magic, juggling, and then join in the fun when you participate in Mark Wood’s fun show.
Tuesday, June 23, 10:30 a.m.- Bard Buddies: The Tempest
Get in on the fun as you take the stage to help tell the story of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
Wednesday, June 24, 10:30 a.m.- What’s Your Superpower
Create invisible ink, learn about mutation with hands-on demonstrations and activities! Defy gravity and learn about regeneration with our live axolotl salamanders who are sure to amaze!
Friday, June 26, 10:30 a.m.- Animal Tales: Animal Avengers
Get up close and personal with some extraordinary heroes of the wild, and learn a bit about how they live.
Wednesday, June 29, 1 p.m.- Use Your Spidey Senses
Spider-man may have his spidey sense, but you have some special senses of your own.
Tuesday, June 30, 10:30 a.m.- The Super in You!
Be amazed by magician Bruce Amato as he wows you with impressive magical stunts.
1 p.m.- Magic & Fun Class
You’ve seen the show, now learn the magic. Bruce Amato will be back to teach you some simple secrets of being a magician.
Wednesday, July 1 & 15, 10:30 a.m.- The Art of Imagination
Let Teresa Snorton show you the magic of imagination and creativity. Use your super brain power to create amazing artwork that would make any hero proud.
Friday, July 3, 10:30 a.m.- Runaway Puppet Theater
Manfred loves reading about heroes! But when his librarian shows him a dusty tome titled A Primer of Preeminent Paragons, Manfred finds himself in the stories as the hero!
Tuesday, July 7, 10:30 a.m.- Flower Dissection
Budding botanists will dissect a flower to explore its physical characteristics. Be amazed at the detail of a leaf, plant cells or pollen grains when viewed under a compound microscope.
Wednesday, July 8, 10:30 a.m.- Artful Action Figures
Put your creative, problem-solving powers into action as you form clothing, costumes, and accessories from all sorts of fun art supplies and repurposed materials for your own bendable figurine.
Friday, July 10, 10:30 a.m.- Mr. Bond the Science Guy
Mr. Bond will be here to educate and entertain with tornado simulations, optical illusions and, of course, explosions! Learning is always an adventure with Mr. Bond!
Tuesday, July 14, 10:30 a.m.- Comic Book Art
Author and illustrator of the comics The Crogan Adventures, Chris Schweizer will be here to teach you where to start on your first comic!
Friday, July 17, 10:30 a.m.- Bucket Ruckus
High energy, noise-making fun is what Bucket Ruckus is all about. Listen to them make music with all sorts of unconventional percussion instruments and join in on the fun!
Tuesday, July 21, 10:30 a.m.- Scientists Are Heroes
From the smoke alarm in your home that alerts you of fire, to the vaccines that keep you safe from disease, your life is always affected by scientists. Learn about those scientists that help keep you safe every day.
Wednesday, July 22, 10:30 a.m.- Heroes of Greek Mythology
Explore the heroes of Greek Mythology in the Discovery Dome inflatable planetarium! Go on a magical story-based journey through the night sky where we’ll meet Greek gods, goddesses, monsters, and more!
Friday, July 24, 10:30 a.m.- Magic with Anthony the Great
Join us for the enthralling magic of Anthony the Great and be amazed by his sleight of hand and witty antics.