Summer Reading July Sneak Peek

Girl running toward fountainSummer Reading is still going strong as we hit July running (just like one of our Summer Readers in the photo). It’s not too late to be a reading hero! We are still taking registrations for Summer Readers of all ages. And starting July 6th, those who have reached their Summer Reading goals can fly to the library to claim their free book and chance to win other prizes.

Be sure to check out these great programs in the first couple weeks of July, and look ahead to the rest of the summer for even more super programming at your local branch.

The Bronze Age to the Avengers

Epic tales of ancient heroes are still told in modern books and movies. We’ll discuss these heroic stories in all their many guises. Then you can create your own versions using ancient techniques in clay, and on papyrus and paper. Ages 12 and older. Call 443-3161 to register.

Columbia: Thursday, July 2 • 10-10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. or 6:30-7:15 p.m. Continue reading

Training Superheroes at the Library

Superhero Training AcademyYour daughter is fearless and never shies away from danger. Your son has a kind heart, and he has often rescued animals in distress. Now, your little superheroes are being officially trained in developing their awesome powers in our Superhero Training Academy. The remaining sessions are as follows.

Superhero Training Academy Session #3 (for Families Ages 4 and Older)
Ashland: Tuesday, June 30,  6:30-7:30 p.m.
Columbia: Wednesday, July 8, 2-3:30 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. Continue reading

Celebrate Everyday Heroes

Book cover for Heroes of the EnvironmentThis year’s Summer Reading program is all about heroes. There are plenty of books about caped crusaders and super strong crime-fighters, but we also want to highlight those everyday heroes in our lives. They may not wear masks or fly super jets, but they do important work keeping us safe, inspiring positive change in our communities or even saving the planet!

Hero Dad” by Melinda Hardin
A child demonstrates that while Dad differs from a traditional superhero, as an American soldier he is a superhero of a different kind.

Show Me Community Helpers” by Clint Edwards
This picture encyclopedia introduces the youngest readers to important people like fire fighters, police officers, doctors and teachers. Facts and photos teach kids about community helpers and the ways they help us every day. Continue reading

Super Gigi Loves Summer Reading

Super Gigi to the rescueHi everyone! Gigi the Giraffe here. Did you know there are superheroes at the library? My staff have transformed into superhero versions of themselves. I, of course, had to get in on the action – you can, too! Library employees have provided a variety of capes for library visitors to wear while they are here. Isn’t that awesome? Each time you visit you can try on a different color.

Summer Reading started on June 1st. Has your family signed up yet? Why not stop by, try out a cape and get signed up? Starry the Tiger told me that there are comic books for kids to read while they are at the Columbia branch. If you have already signed up, you can still swing by any branch and let us know all the amazing books you have read. You can also see my spectacular costume in Columbia, of course!

2015 Summer Reading Bookmark Contest Winners

Owl superhero bookmark

Designed by Abby Law

A group of very talented kids and teens created bookmarks to promote our upcoming Summer Reading program. The theme for all ages this year is “Every Hero Has a Story.” See the 2015 winners, and be sure to pick up a bookmark when you visit the library!