Pipestone County Star - 06-20-2013
The sun is finally shining. My children can go outside in tank-tops and I don’t feel guilty about them possibly being a bit chilly. My plants have exploded in happiness. And it’s time for SUMMER at the library!!
Readers of all ages will explore all things underground this summer as Meinders Community Library presents “Dig Into Reading” during their summer library program. Activities may include programs on dinosaurs or construction vehicles, animals that live underground or Ancient Egypt, caves, rocks and more. We may even be panning for gold and making our own cave paintings!!
The 2013 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, ages 5 through 12, with programs, story hours, and more. Activity days will be Tuesdays, beginning on June 11 and ending on July 23rd. All activities will be at 2:00 PM and are free and fun!! We ask that any child younger than 8 be accompanied by a parent (or guardian or older sibling) when attending activities – they might need a little extra help.
Kids do not need to attend the activities to participate! Prizes will be awarded for a certain number of books read (we’re still determining how many) and kids can earn more than one prize! Keeping active in reading throughout the summer is a great way to keep your skills up to snuff for the coming school year. And besides, reading is awesome!!
There is also a teen program based around the theme BENEATH THE SURFACE. While the teens will not have special activity days, there will be special prizes just for them to be rewarded for a certain number of books read (which we are still determining). Stop in to sign up and get a reading log! We’ve got loads of ideas for books to keep you busy during the summer!
In addition to the kids and teens, we are once again having an Adult Summer Reading contest! While it may not be as exciting as the kids’ activities, it’s still fun!! The theme of the Adult Program is GROUNDBREAKING READS and the packet has some silly quizzes and activities as well as a reading log and an answer sheet, in case you need them. Stop by and pick one up today!! Prizes will be awarded through a drawing of book reviews submitted by readers and the prizes are great, I promise.
We also have a great event coming up on June 29th at 10:00 AM – “My Family Tree” is a scrapbook workshop designed for families interested in their history and participants will take a frame-worthy family tree home with them at the end of the two hour event. Families can bring their own photographs to use, or can simply bring their creative talents and add photographs later if they would prefer. Minnesota Historical Society staff will assist with the creation of the family trees and everyone will have a great time. Children and teens are welcome to join with parents in order to make it a true family activity.
Susan Hoskins, director of the Pipestone County Historical Museum will also be on hand to talk about the museum’s resources for genealogists, to help families get a jump start on researching some of their ancestors.
All programs are FREE and open to the public. Come and join the library for FUN this summer!!
PAFL Update: Pipestone Area Friends of the Library is looking for members – anyone who is a friend to Meinders Library is welcome to join! The Friends group works hard to promote the library, raise money for projects, and organize their yearly book sale, in addition to the HUGE amount of support they provide throughout the year. Call us for the date of the next meeting!
Book Club Reminder: The book club takes a break during the summer months and they are currently on hiatus until September. Their meetings are the fourth Tuesday of the month and over the summer, they read what they want to and report back to the club on those tomes during their first meeting. If you enjoy reading, you should try it out! Everyone is welcome!!
If you have questions or have a book you’d like to reserve or renew, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (507) 825-6714. The hours for Meinders Library are Monday through Thursday from 10 AM – 8 PM, and Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM and Saturday from 10AM to Noon. Summer hours are in effect from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day Weekend. Meinders Community Library is located at 1401 7th Street SW, on the south side of the high school.