Summer Reading 2019: A Universe of Stories

Reading is out of this world, and we look forward to trekking through a “Universe of Stories” June 1 through August 31 during our summer reading 2019 program. The library’s summer reading mission is to encourage children preschool through high school to shoot for the moon and spend at least 20 minutes a day reading and exploring galaxies far, far away through books.

Reading throughout the summer helps prevent the “summer slide”—when kids lose skills they have already learned. The summer reading program is ideal for providing students the motivation and encouragement to keep their minds active, thereby improving their chances of succeeding academically.

In addition to promoting reading (or being read to) for fun, we will take readers to the library and beyond with family friendly performances by The Incredible Mr. E, children’s musician Andy Mason, Rocky Mountain Puppets, and more. These performances are intended to enrich the library experience, and entice children to continue on their literary journey. Also launching each week will be a sky full of StoryTimes for preschoolers and Tween Mondays for students blasting off into grades 4–6.

Teens enlisting in grades 7–12, plus those just completing high school, shall embark on a galactic summer exploring an array of spectacular programming. Star elements of 4teens@4 Thursday afternoons include creative endeavors at Pottery By You, Teen Harry Potter Club, and Anime Club with more to be discovered. Monthly book club discussions are also set to orbit stellar literary selections.

The library’s Mission Control will provide a complete itinerary that can be picked up at lift-off, along with a reading log to track the time spent reading or listening to stories during June, July, and August. Those who are successful in reading 20 minutes a day, five days week during each month will qualify for that month’s designated prize.

But summer reading is not just for children and teens. Adults can pick up a summer reading gameboard at the library or download one online at natronacountylibrary.org and venture to a realm of fun and reading as well. One adult reader will win the grand prize—a telescope for exploring the cosmos. Be sure to join us each month for popcorn and a galactic array of space-themed movies. Create celestial arts and crafts with our monthly Creation Station and Craftastic Saturday programs. Learn about the sun and stars from local astrophysicists. Readers will also have the chance to cruise the cosmos during Virtual Reality Demos using the library’s HTC Vive.

Enter the summer reading orbit this year and have a blast learning, creating, and reading your way through the cosmos! ?”A Universe of Stories,” summer reading 2019, is sponsored in part by the Natrona County Library, Natrona County Recreation Joint Powers Board, local McDonald’s restaurants, Serendipity Ice Cream, and Cluck It.