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From the Natrona County Public Library
Summer Reading @ Your Library
By Jerry Jones, Youth Services Coordinator
June 2, 2010
May proved to be a busy month for the Natrona County Public Library, with birthday parties, author visits, Wyoming Reads, and of course, our big 100th anniversary celebration on May 20.
The 100 year milestone was certainly worth celebrating, and we would like to thank all citizens, public officials and volunteers who participated. The May 20 event was possible thanks to the Casper Star-Tribune, City of Casper, Natrona County, Friends of the Library and NCPL Foundation.
Looking ahead, we are even more excited to embark on our next 100 years of serving Natrona County. What could be a better way to get started than to encourage children to read?
The importance of keeping kids reading through the summer months was recognized “way back” in the late 1950s when NCPL and the school district converted a second-hand grocery truck into a bookmobile. This vehicle delivered books through the summer to those kids who participated in the “bookworm program” during the school year.
Summer reading has continued over the years and evolved into a program for all ages, infant through adult, and still rests on the premise that summer reading is an important way to develop literacy, while maintaining skills learned during the school year.
With that in mind, our 2010 Summer Reading Program promises a swimmingly good summer filled with books and family fun for all!
Children preschool through 6th grade are invited to “Make a Splash” at the library anytime between June 1 and July 31. Library staff are ready to recommend great stories for each age group, weekly storytimes will entertain the tiniest of tadpoles, and puppeteers, storytellers, magicians and musicians will sail in each week to share their talents and stories.
Oceans of fun will open up for tweens (entering grades four through six) who can enjoy special events for their age group as well as the chance to dive into great books.
Surf’s up for teens, too. Those entering grades 7-12 should grab their boards, ride the swells to the nearest NCPL branch, and “Make Waves” by participating in the teen summer reading program. Time spent reading will earn cool prizes and other sweet gear.
Teens will spot plenty of openings to get their feet wet and have some fun in the sun. On Tuesday & Thursday afternoons teens can learn a new skill like krav maga, cool off while watching a movie in the Crawford Room, or chill with friends at book club. Event schedules are available in the teen zone, or at any library branch.
Of course, reading is not just for kids. Parents, grandparents and other adults are encouraged to set a good example by participating in their very own reading program. Each participant can earn a 100th anniversary-edition mug or water bottle, as well as entry into the grand-prize drawing to be held at summer’s end. The more you read, the more chances you have to win!
Stop by any library branch now through July 31 to participate, or call 577-READ to find out more. Summer reading is sponsored by the Natrona County Recreation Joint Powers Board, McDonald’s & the Casper Ghosts.
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