Library to kick off summer reading program

The Sweet Home Public Library will begin its Summer Reading Program activities next week with a water carnival.

The reading challenges have been underway for the past month, while the weekly activities were held off while the library staff adjusted to the new automation of the database and checkout.

The library has 278 children enrolled in the summer program at this point, said Librarian Sandi Leonard. That number includes many from outside of the city limits using free summer library cards.

The water carnival begins at 9 a.m. for pre-schoolers at the library. Kindergarten through fourth grade start at 10:30 a.m.

Tweens, ages 11-12, start at 12:30 p.m, and teens, 13 to 18, start at 1 p.m.

The library will have water activities and a dunk tank to help celebrate the 2010 theme, “Making a Splash at Your Library.”

Aug. 11 will be water safety with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, which will bring one of its boats for the younger children. The tweens and the teens will have scavenger hunt where they will visit different locations to answer a question and receive a clue about their next location.

On Aug. 18, Hart’s Reptiles will bring all of its “creepy crawlies,” Leonard said. It’ll include snakes, turtles and others, including creatures that enjoy the water.

Aug. 25 will be the awards program. Grand prizes will be given out.

For each reading challenge a child completes, he or she will receive a coupon that goes into a drawing for grand prizes.

The reading challenges include different activities designed to get children looking into books and using their library. Some require them to find information from specific books, while others are a sort of treasure hunt.

Upon completion of the tasks in the challenge, the child wins eight prizes, mostly coupons to local businesses for free items.

The annual teen question is underway. The winner each week receives a $20 gift card to Wal-Mart. The question is printed (at the end of the story this week) each week in The New Era. The first teen to figure out the answer, go to the library and tell a staff member the answer wins the card.

The Library Dragon is out and about as well for 3- to 12-year-olds.When they spot the dragon, usually hidden each week at a local business, they must return to the library and tell a staff member. If correct, they get to pull a prize from the treasure chest.

“I like it, and the kids have had time not majoring on the programs but having fun with other types of things,” Leonard said of the different schedule this year. They’re not counting hours for their reading challenge. They’re engaging in a variety of activities where reading is necessary.

Among businesses donating prizes are A&W, Figaro’s, American Family Video, Santiam Feed, Dairy Queen, the Friends of the Library and McDonald’s.

She was especially thankful to them, she said. She expected a difficult time getting prizes, but when she approached these businesses, she pretty much didn’t have to even ask.

For more information, contact the library at (541) 367-5007.

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