Summer reading takes off into a universe of stories

A Universe of Stories, Hastings Memorial Library’s summer reading program, will kick off Thursday, May 30 at Route 61 Roller with a skating party form 5-7 p.m.  

Those attending can register for the program, which will feature contests, drawings and prizes for youth ages 18 months to sixth grade.

Participants will receive a reading record to keep track of the books they read or have read to them. They must read at least one book each week at their reading level. Older readers may set goals and report pages or minutes read rather than books read. 

The program will culminate with a cookout and pool party in July to celebrate reading accomplishments. Exact date to be determined.

The weekly programs begin the week of June 3 and continue through the month of June.

Toddler Story time for ages 18-36 months will be held on Mondays from 10:15-11 a.m.

Youth ages 3 through kindergarten may attend story time on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m., or 10:30-11:30 a.m.

First and second grade activities will take place from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays.  

Third through sixth graders can come on Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Grade levels indicate grade just completed.

Program sponsors include Adams Bank & Trust, Country Supply, Friends of the Library, Hatch’s Super Foods, Hastings Memorial Library Foundation, Kwik Stop and the Perkins County Chamber.

Adult program

The library began its adult reading program last week, which will continue through Saturday, June 22. 

Following last year’s new format, the program includes several events as well as six prize packages for winners to choose from.  

For every two books participants read, they get an entry to win the prize package of their choice. Prize package themes include Road Trip, Pet Parent, Italian Chef, Ice Cream, Family Fun Night and Book Lovers. 

Every four books read gets participants an entry into the Best of Perkins County Basket, which includes a collection of handmade treasures, gift certificates and other great items from people and businesses in Perkins County.  

Adult and teen titles in print, eBook and audiobook format are eligible.

Those interested in joining the program may fill out a registration form at the library. Progress is recorded by the librarians.  

Participants can earn an extra entry by attending the following events. Participation in the reading program is not required to attend an event.  All events are free and open to the public. 

• Sip and Scribble: Adult Coloring—Tuesday, May 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

An evening of relaxing music, teas, coffee, snacks and coloring. All refreshments and supplies will be provided by the library.  

• Make Your Own Book Planter—Tuesday, June 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Learn how to repurpose old books into a new planter. Books, plants and craft supplies provided by the library. 

• Online Book Club Meeting—Thursday, June 20.

Join the online book club. For May/June the book is “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris.  

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