This summer Tom Burnett Memorial Library is bursting with activities for children, teenagers, and even adults. For the first time, in more than four decades since opening the library in Iowa Park, the Summer Reading program includes teens and grown-ups. Another novelty is that all summer reading programs last two months instead of the usual, one.
There are variety of interesting guest speakers and educational and entertaining shows for children 12 years old and younger participating in “Dig into Reading” every Tuesday in June and July with exception of July 2nd. Critterman’s “Texas Tails” opened the 2013 Summer Reading program on June 4th. Kids in attendance were delighted to see and even pet some of the little animals – a turtle, a prairie dog, an opossum, a tarantula, an alligator, and a giant toad brought by Critterman aka Dave Kleven.
On the second Tuesday, June 11th,0 Chris Kelmer from Iowa Park Police department talked about bicycle safety. On June 18th, the library’s upstairs became a theater – a group of High School teens (who are, by the way, are our wonderful and enthusiastic volunteers for the Summer Reading Program) performed a play “Boots and his Brothers”. The play, directed by Ginger Falnes, was a blast, children loved it, and now the troupe is planning another play “When You Give Mouse a Cookie” for July 16th.
Coming Tuesday, June 25th, Marilynn Putthoff, Master Gardener, will teach kids about very important part of sustainable gardening - composting. On July 9th the Iowa Park Fire Department will talk about fire safety and show the fire trucks. Tuesday, July 23rd is devoted to a recycling, and a representative of A Progressive Waste Solution Company will teach all about it. The last day of children’s Summer Reading program on July 30th will start with Ms. Maria’s exciting show, followed by giving away prizes, and in the evening, when it’s little cooler, we’ll have a party with hot dogs and drinks and outdoor movie on the east lawn of the library.
Teen Summer Reading program for 7-12 graders is going on Thursday evenings. Its logo: “Don’t be bored at home, come to the library”. The program started on June 6th with Movie & Pizza Kickoff Party, and continued on June 13th with Film Festival. The subject of June 20th session is Work on Films, Social Media. On Thursday, June 27th, there will be Graffiti theme, followed by Progressive Recycling on July 11th, Underground music on July 18th, and Design Your Own T-Shirt on July 25th. All participants in Teen Summer Reading will have a chance to win different prizes.
Adult Summer Reading program is open for anyone of 18+ years old and consists of several presentations being held upstairs in the library on the evenings at 6:30. It started on June 17th with the movie “The Shawshank Redemption” based on the book “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” by Stephen King. Next Monday, June 24th we expect Master Gardener Marilynn Puthoff to talk about composting and successful gardening during the drought. On July 11th A Progressive Waste Solution Company (IESI) representative will be at the library to talk about different options for recycling in Iowa Park and answer questions about landfill operating. July 15th is a meeting with Lynn Dutton from Dutton’s Funeral Home who is going to speak about planning a funeral and a burial.
Besides reading programs for all ages, Tom Burnett Library offers free daytime movies for children and teens shown upstairs. Last week it was “The Incredibles” shown on Saturday afternoon, this week on Wednesday – “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, on Thursday – “Jorney-2: Mysterious Iceland”. The movies start usually at 1:00 pm, free of charge with free drinks and popcorn, provided by the library. However, the seats are limited to 40 people, so to get to see a movie you’ll have to get an admission ticket at the library desk. If there is a big group of children from day care facility, you should call Amie Schultz for arrangements.
There is another unique opportunity for your children this summer: thanks to a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Tom Burnett Memorial Library offers a new educational program called Reading Buddies. It allows children from elementary schools to have an older reading buddy during the summer. The participating kids will be assigned to a junior high or high school student who will read with them at the library twice a week. We have plenty of teen volunteers ready to participate in the program, and eight children already signed up for the Reading Buddies. Children met their reading buddy and started reading with them this week. The library will be accepting any interested children into the program throughout the summer. Reading times are flexible.
See you at the library!