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Area libraries dig deep with underground summer reading

By The Herald Staff | 5/24/2013

School is out, but area libraries are encouraging youths who dig reading to continue that pursuit by checking out programs and activities being offered this summer.

Ottawa Library

School is out, but area libraries are encouraging youths who dig reading to continue that pursuit by checking out programs and activities being offered this summer.

Ottawa Library

Ottawa Library, 105 S. Hickory St., Ottawa, will kick-off its summer reading program early next month with a party in the library’s parking lot from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 3. During the party, youths can sign up for the reading program, library organizers said. This year’s program theme is “Dig into Reading.”

The kick-off event will feature games, snow cones, worm races and other activities, Cyndi Brewer, library services, said.

“We’ll have a large version of the game KerPlunk, Limbo, a tunnel toss game and worm races,” Brewer said. “We’ll also be panning for gold and planting seeds in seed-starter cups.”

Brewer said the seed plantings, worm races and panning for gold — as well as other activities — fit into the reading program’s “digging” theme.

The youth summer reading program is divided into two age divisions: 3 to 11 and the 12 to 18 teen program, Brewer said.

While the party is going on outdoors, people older than 18 can sign up for the adult summer reading program inside the library, she said.

“Our programs for June include pretty much anything that digs or that you can dig,” Leanna Heth, children’s services, wrote in her Library Line column. “Entomology will be every Wednesday in June. Activities will also include family gardening on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There will be two movie days and a make-and-take craft. This is just the tip of the pile of things to be offered this summer.”

For more information about the library’s summer programs, call (785) 242-3080.

Pomona library

The “Underground Summer Reading Program” at Pomona Community Library, 219 Jefferson St., Pomona, is scheduled 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, from June 5 to July 31, Delores Dyer, library director, said.

The weekly event will feature a guest presenter, along with stories, games, snacks and prizes, Dyer said.

Jim Stigall, a former Ottawa pastor, is set to begin the list of speakers June 5.

“Jim is a really good storyteller,” Dyer said. “He’s been here four or five years and does a very good job.”

Other highlighted presenters include:

• June 12: Prairie Park plans to bring animals to show the kids, Dyer said.

• June 19: Emily Kirkpatrick, pianist.

• June 26: Alan Cunningham, guitar and vocals.

• July 3: Merrita Combs, storyteller.

• July 10: Cynthia Montague plans to have a presentation about ants, in keeping with this year’s “Underground” theme.

• July 17: Audrey Lintner, storyteller.

• July 24: Dave Burns will talk about book writing.

• July 31: Backwoods Nursery representatives will talk about flowers.

For more information, call (785) 418-9932.

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