Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Fall in love with stories this summer

Libraries promote reading

    “Summer is a great time to fall in love with stories,” said DeAnn Campbell, Children’s and Young Adult Librarian at Ketchum’s Community Library.
    Registration for the Community Library’s “Dig Into Reading” program begins Monday, June 10 and runs through Aug. 2. A big kick-off party will be Saturday, June 22 from 2–4 p.m. at the library and will feature food, mining for gold, activities and crafts.
    Weekly themes follow through summer. Kids enjoy weekly story times and drop-in activities. They can decorate flowerpots, make a pet rock and excavate for dinosaurs.
    Science Time is Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Also continuing are offerings like Paws to Read and Sewing and Lego Club.
    Participants in the summer reading program are asked to keep a reading log and count minutes spent listening to books on CD, reading magazines, reading online content, or following along with animated Tumblebooks.
    For those who reach 1,200 minutes in eight weeks, prizes will be awarded at a party on Friday, August 2.
    There are two divisions in the summer reading program—Independent Readers and Read-to-Me. Some children will fall into both categories as well.
    Call 726-3493, ext. 217, or visit
Hailey summer program
    Hailey Public Library (788-2036) is being ambitious and totally up-to-date with its summer reading programs.
    The themes are “Dig Into Reading,” for kids in kindergarten through the third grade, and “Beneath the Surface,” for those in grades 4-8.
    Participants receive their packets during the June 17-29 registration period. Readers will earn prizes and enter raffles as they complete portions of their reading assignments.
    The reading logs will be started on July 5 and will continue through Aug. 10.
    Thursdays feature the “T & T” (Teens and Tweens) sessions featuring video gaming and X Box for grades 4-8.
    Once again there will be a family fun party at the end to celebrate successful completion of the program. The party will feature reptile expert Corbin Maxey, who will show off his albino Burmese Python as well as an alligator, tortoise and iguana. It is planned for Thursday, Aug. 15 at 3 p.m. at the Community Campus in Hailey.
    Story hours are held every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. throughout the summer.
    Hailey Library hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit

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