Summer reading to kick off June 1 with skating party

by Brooke Pankonin

Grant Tribune-Sentinel

It’s time to “Build a Better World” during this year’s summer reading program at Hastings Memorial Library in Grant.

For ages 18 months to sixth grade, the annual program will feature contests, drawings and prizes.

The weekly programs begin the week of June 5 and continue through the week of July 3.

Library Director Robin Quinn said Toddler Story time was added this year for ages 18-36 months since it had already been taking place, and it will be held on Mondays from 10:15-11 a.m.

Participants in the following age groups will be able to choose which day or time to attend. Quinn said they added an extra time for upper elementary since they are expecting more in that age group this year. 

Children ages 3 through kindergarten may attend story time on Wednesdays or Thursdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

First and second graders may participate in activities from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays or Thursdays.  

Third through sixth graders may come on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Grade levels indicate grade just completed.

A summer reading kick-off skating celebration will be held Thursday, June 1 from 5-7 p.m. at Route 61 Roller Dome. 

Skating, pizza and cupcakes will be provided for those wishing to register for the summer reading program. Anyone who is not pre-registered by Thursday, May 25 will have to pay $2 to skate. 

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. 

Readers have eight weeks to complete four prize levels. 

Other programs coinciding with summer reading include 1,000 books by kindergarten for ages 0-5, and the Golden Sower Reading Club for grades kindergarten and up. 

On July 11, a pool party will be held for all participants from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Grant Municipal Pool. 

The adult summer reading program will begin in July.

To register for the kick-off skating celebration and/or the summer reading program, call the library at 308-352-4894.

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