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Sign-ups start June 14 for library’s summer reading program


June 13, 2017

File Photo LIBRARY DIRECTOR ROSE PEDA delivers a little library to Principal Josh Dargis at Oak Heights Elementary.

The Sweet Home Public Library’s Summer Reading Program kicks off this week with registration beginning Wednesday, June 14.

“We will be offering again the free library cards for parents who wish their children to have library cards,” said Rose Peda, Library Director. They also will receive a free book. The program is open to all children, regardless of whether they live inside the city limits.

Children whose parents prefer they do not have a library card will receive the free packet and a free book when they sign up, Peda said. No card is required to participate in the Summer Reading Program.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. Weekly programs begin June 21.

During the summer, students will forget some of the skills they learned in school if they do not engage in activities to practice those skills, according to a press release by the Oregon State Library. Parents can prevent their children from going down the “summer slide” by participating in the free summer reading program at their local public libraries.

This summer’s program, with the theme “Build a Better World,” will be similar to previous years, Peda said. “The only thing that we have new are the free little libraries.”

Those are set up at Foster, Hawthorne and Oak Heights elementary schools; the Boys and Girls Club; and Crawfordsville Market in place of Holley Elementary School. Children are encouraged to take and leave books in the little library boxes at each location throughout the summer.

Programs throughout the summer will introduce children to a variety of animals, Peda said. The Museum of Natural and Cultural History of the University of Oregon will visit, and children will learn ancient engineering and technology, build a shelter, build a boat, weave a shoe and make a fishing tool, designed by Oregon’s first engineers, the Native American people.

During a mad science program, “What Do You Know About H2O,” children will learn about the earth, animals and “saving things,” Peda said. They will learn how animals play a vital role in the earth’s ecosystem.

Among programs this year, Peda said, the library will have dogs that been rescued and trained to do stunts.

Programs for elementary-aged children will be held at the Boys and Girls Club, 890 18th Ave. Preschool and teen programs will be held at the Public Library, 1101 13th Ave.

During the Summer Reading Program, children will complete reading challenges, with prizes available weekly, ranging from reading a certain amount of time each day to questions and answers, Peda said. They will finish the program with an eclipse party, with free eclipse-viewing glasses distributed to participants.

Children will receive a free eclipse activity book along with a free storybook, “Dogs in Space: The Great Space Doghouse,” by author Nancy Coffelt of Portland.

The theme helped generate a lot of ideas for all ages, Peda said. “I think it’s a good thing to remind children that even the youngest child can do something to make their world better.”

Peda thanked the Elks Lodge and the Rotary Club for donating money for the little libraries.

“We would like to thank all the local businesses and the Friends of the Library for all their support – and city staff for getting all the little libraries set up,” Peda said.

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


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