Dig Into Reading at the Library This Summer!

Readers of all ages will explore all things underground this summer as the Bertha Bartlett Public Library presents "Dig Into Reading" during the summer library program. Activities will include programs on dinosaurs, construction vehicles, dirt, worms, and all sorts of animals that live underground.

The 2013 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, baby through adult, with programs, reading challenges, prize drawings, story hours and more.

We are reintroducing Wee Read this summer. Wee Read is a baby/toddler program that is interactive between parents and small children and encourages the development of early literacy skills. Our Wee Read program will meet on Mondays at 4 p.m. and will be approximately 20 minutes long. We also have an activity/literacy development challenge for parents of babies and toddlers.

Preschool Storytime, for kids ages two to six, will meet twice each week in June and July, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. KOOL (Kids of Our Library), for kids in kindergarten through 4th grades, will meet on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. We will have several special programs this summer on the following Tuesdays at 1 pm:

June 11 – Cake and Cookie Decorating with Hy-Vee Bakery

June 25 – Rick Brammer’s Magic Show

July 9 – Story County Conservation

July 23 – Blank Park Zoo / Dino Clues

Tween Team, for those in 5th, 6th and 7th grades, will meet on Wednesdays in June and July at 10:30 a.m. Ms. Shelly has a line-up of programs covering all types of underground fun, including hobbit habitats, cartouche creations, underground Jeopardy, mine shaft marble slides and chalk graffiti.

The Hungry Minds Teen Group is making a return appearance on Wednesdays in June only, at 1 p.m. This group will undertake extreme book stacking, black-out poetry, time capsules and zen art. Denise, our teen librarian, is challenging all teens and tweens to read more pages than her this summer! Denise’s goal is to read 7,000 pages between May 28 and August 10. If that seems to be too many pages, teens and tweens are encouraged to set their own page goal.

Adults are invited to undertake the "Groundbreaking Reads" challenge, already underway. Read a book from each of 10 summer reading-related categories between now and July 31. Reading logs are available at the Circulation Desk. We will have genealogy workshops throughout the summer for those interested in digging into family history. Watch for details about these and other special programs!

Registration for Dig Into Reading begins on May 28. For more information, call the library at 515-733-2685, visit us at www.storycity.lib.ia.us, or find us on Facebook and Pinterest. All programs are free of charge.

—article submitted by Denise Froehlich