“Build a Better World” is the theme of Huron Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Program.
Patrons are invited to try something new this summer — at home, in the community, throughout the country, and around the globe. Read a new book, try a new craft, meet new people, and learn about new places. Registration begins on May 30 with the program running June 5 through July 26. A celebration of building a better world will be July 28, with a pool party at Splash Central.
Reading incentives will be given throughout the summer to encourage people to read. Participants must read 500 minutes to qualify for the pool party celebration at the end of the program. Patrons who read 2,000 minutes will qualify for the grand prizes, gold prizes, silver prizes and bronze prizes.
This year’s grand prizes are a laptop for adults; a $200 Visa credit card for teens, two bicycles for children, two scooters for children and one tricycle for wee readers.
Children ages 0 to fifth grade will keep track of the minutes they read by reading logs or via Read Squared computer program. There will be crafts, activities, movies, story times, Tween Day!, special events (Stop, Drop, and Read!, Family Nights, Legos) all helping them to Build a Better World.
Area teens, grades six through 12, are encouraged to participate in helping their community through reading and giving programs. Special events for teens include Books-R-Us, Slippery Slide Kickball, Gaming, Rummage Sale Flip, movies and crafts.
Similar to the children, Teens will have to read 500 minutes to qualify for the end party and 2000 minutes for the grand prizes.
Adults will also be welcome to participate in Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization that collects, packs, and ships care packages to the military, veterans, and first responders. They will be meeting weekly throughout the summer to knit/crochet scarves and hats for a military care package.
Adults, 18 years and older, will also be challenged to Build a Better World during the program. They will participate in games, puzzles, brainteasers, family activities, adult craft night, book discussions, movies and a children’s clothing swap.
Children’s clothing swap
Patrons may bring clean, gently used children’s clothing and accessories in good condition on Thursday, June 8, between 2 to 6 p.m., and Friday, June 9, between 3 to 5 p.m. They will receive a receipt for the total number of items donated, that they can use on Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to shop!
Suggested items to swap include socks, shoes, coats, pants, tops, dresses, and baby blankets. There is no limit on the number of items brought to swap. There will be a table of free items that do not require tickets. Leftover items will be donated to local charities.
The Huron Public Library would like to thank the following contributors to the summer reading program. They truly are building a better world: Friends of the Huron Public Library, American Bank and Trust, Burger King, Burger Plus, Casey’s General Stores, Inc., Clothing Company, Coborn’s, Creative Printing, Dakota Provisions, Dakotaland Credit Union, Dakotaland Feeds, L.L.C., Domino’s Pizza, Don’t Spill the Beans, Donut Shoppe, Double D Western Wear, East River Nursery, Escape Salon & Spa, Fair City Bowling, Godfather’s Pizza, Huron Chamber, Huron Noon Lions, Huron Sertoma Club, Java Hut, Lewis Drug, Maurices, McDonald’s, Oscar Nails Spa, Riverview Lanes, Runnings, Ryan’s Hangar Restaurant, Taco John’s, Walkers Flower Shop and Walmart.
For more information, call the library at 353-8530 or visit our website at library.huronsd.com. Just click on 2017 Summer Reading Program for brochures, calendars of activities and access to online registration.