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Wednesday, May. 22, 2024

Summer Reading Program to begin soon

From Brumback Library information

The Brumback Library is pleased to announce that its 97th annual Summer Reading Program will be held from Monday, June 4, through Saturday, July 28. This year’s theme, “Dream Big — Read!”, will focus on reading, library resources, and services as a pathway to fun, adventure, exploration, and discovery. A myriad of events at Main Library and the branches will highlight reading activities, along with games, crafts, and more! Numerous contests and other exciting events have been planned throughout the course of the eight-week program. As always, drawings, prizes, and awards will be offered. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to stop by the library at least once a week to record your child’s titles and check out a few more books.

This summer will be great! To get the program off to an exciting start at Main Library, hop on board and join folk life artist Ellen Ford on Monday, June 4, at 10:30 a.m. in the Reading Room. She will be sharing her favorite stories, songs, and games children will never forget. In the days and weeks to follow, the library has scheduled countless other special programs. Back by popular demand, Larry Wirtz, the Science Guy, will be at the library in June, while Tom Phoolery will magically appear in July.

Library officials are extremely excited about programs that will showcase the innate talents of Van Wert’s countless experts. These programs include magician Tyler Nygren, artist and educator Mary Minnig, horticulturist Tammy Campbell, scrapbooking expert Belinda Miller, radio host Chris Roberts and veterinarian Dr. Tom Wilkin. In addition, the library has scheduled story and craft sessions, walk-in crafts, scavenger hunts, and trivia days at Main Library and the branches.

Summer reading participants may register for one of four, hour-long free swims at the YMCA and will also be eligible to attend the MadCap Puppet Theatre’s production of Rumplestiltskin in the Marsh Foundation Auditorium and Madagascar 3 at the Van Wert Cinemas. The annual carnival for all young readers will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at Trinity Friends Life Center on July 19. Finally, eligible Summer Reading participants will have the opportunity to attend a free Fort Wayne TinCaps baseball game in either July or August.

This year’s program is underwritten by the Brumback Library, grants from foundations, gifts from area businesses and the generosity of many organizations and individuals. It should also be noted that approximately 50 area businesses generously donated prizes for the following age/grade levels:

  • The Read-To-Me Club — Infants through toddlers age 2½. Parents are encouraged to read 20 or more titles to their child. Special story times, activities, and drawings will be offered.
  • The Listening Club — Participants ages 2½ through kindergarten will take part in various activities, drawings, contests, and story time sessions. Adults or older children are asked to share 20 or more titles with the child and then record these titles on his/her sheet.
  • The Reading Club — This group is comprised of students in grades 1-7 or 8. All children will be encouraged to read 20 or more titles in addition to participating in a variety of programs and activities.

In addition to the aforementioned Summer Reading Program for our youngest readers, there are Summer Reading Programs for students in grades 9-12, adults, and homebound residents from June 4 through July 28. For every five books participants read, they may complete a form to participate in a series of drawings for a variety of gifts and prizes (forms to record one’s titles will be available at Main Library and at each of the five branch libraries. Homebound residents may also contact Outreach Librarians Julie Thomas and Joyce Harrow for the forms).

For more information about any of these programs, contact The Brumback Library at 419.238.2168.

POSTED: 05/30/12 at 5:32 am. FILED UNDER: News