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Reading is music to our brains, and for this reason we are orchestrating to bring kids, teens and adults rocking and rolling in to the library for “Libraries Rock,” our 2018 summer reading program. We’ll be getting into the groove, starting June 1, with the melody continuing all summer long until we reach our final bow on Aug. 31, just before school resumes.

Reading (or being read to) at least 20 minutes a day throughout the summer is important to helping prevent the “summer slide.” That’s what we call it when kids lose skills they have already learned. The summer reading program is ideal for providing the motivation and encouragement to keep children’s minds active and improving their chances of school success.

On that note, we will be offering toe-tapping activities for all ages, all summer long. Rocky Mountain Puppets, children’s musician Steve Weeks and magician Cody Landstrom are just a few examples of performances planned that are sure to be the perfect accompaniment to a trip to the library. StoryTimes for preschoolers will have your little ones shaking and shimmying to books, and Tween Mondays for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders will set the stage to get them reading to the beat.

A complete calendar of events will be available at registration, along with a log where participants can keep track of their reading time. At the end of each month (June, July and August), those who have read at least 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week will receive a prize for keeping in tune with books.

We also want parents and caregivers to hop on the summer bandwagon with their babies and toddlers. In addition to reading books with the little ones, they will be encouraged to share the early literacy practices of talking, playing, writing, and singing to jazz up their little ones for a future of reading.

If you have teens entering seventh-grade or graduating 12th-grade, we’ve got a major announcement for them as well! Teens can expect a rockin’ summer jam-packed full of entertainment. Back by popular demand, we present the headliner: 4teens at 4 Thursday afternoons noting Pottery By You as the opening act, followed by Teen Harry Potter Club, plus a diverse ensemble of upbeat activities on the set list. Also instrumental in the lineup are a variety of dynamic novels featured in our monthly book clubs. A full schedule of teen programming will be announced and available at registration.

Adults can also get in tune with summer reading. Just bebop down to the library and pick up your musical gameboard for a riotous good time of reading and activities during the summer months. After filling in your gameboard, you can choose from a mix of prizes and be entered into the drawing for some epic grand prizes.

The adult Book Club Field Trip series will be back this summer with some groovy good books and locations. Families can enjoy a grand time at our monthly Family Nights featuring melodious movies and sing-alongs. And create some funky arts and crafts during the monthly Art Walk celebrations and adult Craftastic Saturdays.

Come join us as we launch another year of summer reading. Great people, popular programs, new releases and free prizes—what’s not to like? Make suggestions, see what’s offered, and be a part of the library. There is no better time to get involved.

Summer reading 2018 is sponsored in part by the Natrona County Recreation Joint Powers Board, our local McDonald’s and Serendipity Café.

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Betsy O’Neil is the adult services manager, Jerry Jones is the youth services manager, and Jenn Beckstead is the teen librarian at the library.

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