By Debby Farmer
The library is abuzz with activity as it flies into summer with fun choices for the entire family!
New this year: Summer Reading Club for all ages! The “Read to Me” program for babies and tots allows even our youngest citizens and their parents the opportunity to earn prizes, while providing positive beginning literacy experiences. For the primary and elementary ages, “Catch the Reading Bug” encourages reading throughout the summer, with a new treasure “hive” of prizes and a children’s area gone “buggy” with books, games and activities.
Teens: To further entice reading this year, every book read and review submitted during the summer reading program, “Metamorphosis,” will equal an entry into weekly and grand prize drawings. Two grand prize winners will enjoy a day at the Birch Bay Waterslides with six friends of their choice, lunch, and transportation via limousine.
And adults, there’s summer reading fun for you too! With your own program, “Book Buzz,” you’ll earn entries for prize drawings as you enjoy the myriad of materials that can be found at the library.
Tuesday morning Toddler Time will be breaking for the summer after its final session on July 1. “Stories and Songs with Dana,” however, will be offered at 6:30 p.m. on the last Thursdays of the month through the summer.
“Dog Day Afternoons” – a first time program for Blaine, will pair your child (age 5-12) with a friendly canine who will listen to the child read aloud. Space is limited for the half hour Tuesday afternoon sessions that run for three weeks in July.
Speaking of dogs, the library will play host to a pet show for kids on Wednesday, July 9 at 1 p.m. Kids are encouraged to bring their favorite pet to this special animal show and tell time. Advance registration is now available for those wishing to bring a pet and is limited to the first 20 pets. There’s no limit to others wishing to attend as enthusiastic audience members!
The first ever “Friday Fun Night for Teens at the Library” took place last Friday. Teens hung out at the library and played online games and their favorite board and card games. Three additional game nights will follow on alternate Fridays, (July 11, 25 and August 8.) Movie nights will fill in the other Fridays (June 27, July 18 and August 1.) Selections will be based on the Teen Summer Reading Club theme, “Metamorphosis,” and may include movies like “The Fly” or old Vincent Price titles.
Day and evening book discussion groups will be forming soon. Those interested should plan to attend an informational meeting on Monday, June 30th, at 7pm., and bring along ideas for overall themes or specific titles of books. Sign up sheets will be available at the front desk once dates and times for the individual groups are determined.
Stop by the library and find some treasures at the Friends of the Blaine Library Book Sale, Thursday, July 3, 10 to 8, Friday, July 4, 10 to 4, and Saturday, July 5, 10 to 6, (half price day.) Donations are currently being accepted, with pick-up available for large donations. Call the library at 332-8146 for details.
And last but not least, be sure to watch for Rory the Reading Lion and his special friend at the 4th of July Parade!