Library has summer fun for kids, adults

By Brittany Wise bwise@civitasmedia.com

May 30, 2014

The Grayson County Public Library is gearing up for a summer full of fun as they prepare to kick off their summer reading programs for kids of all ages and adults.

Saturday, June 7 marks the big start for kids programming with festival-type fun for children from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. including a variety of bouncy houses for all ages, and even an inflatable obstacle course.

The event will take place on the lawn of the library. At 4 p.m. when the outdoor fun ends, a group called Animal Tales will provide a fun and education look at some interesting live animals to go along with the summer program’s science theme.

The following week, June 9 - 13, kids programs will begin in earnest, with preschoolers meeting on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Kindergarten through 1st graders will meet Tuesdays from 9:30 to 4:30 p.m.; 2nd and 3rd graders meet Wednesdays between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Toddlers gather between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Thursdays; and 4th and 5th graders meet Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Middle- and high-school aged students meet Fridays between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m.

According to library director Lisa Jones, participants can stop in anytime, and do not have to stay for the entire duration of the program each day.

Children will attend the age group for the school grade which they have just completed, and parents of toddlers through 2nd graders need to be present during the time their children are in attendance.

Throughout the four-week program, kids will earn ‘bucks’ which can be redeemed for the items of their choice at the Summer Reading Store wrap-up on Saturday, July 19 to close out the summer fun.

“We’re really excited and we would love for people to come participate,” Jones said, adding, “We want to keep those kids busy and have fun in the process!”

Sign-ups are already open for the program, and students may sign up at the event on June 7 or even afterward if needed, though Jones said she would like to see kids participate in as much of the program as they can.

All kids’ programs will be held in the library located at 130 E. Market Street in Leitchfield.

There is no cost to participate.

For more information, stop by the library during business hours, call 270-259-5455, visit the library’s website at www.graysoncountylibrary.org or email lindsey@graysoncountylibrary.org.

For adults who want to participate in the annual summer program, meetings will take place at the Grayson County Extension Office.

On June 17, the group will get a fun lesson from Extension Agent Natalie Taul about green cleaning. On June 23, participants will focus on the science of beauty and health, making their own lip balm, bath salts and body scrubs to take home with them.

Other adult programming will be added to the schedule, and will be posted on the library’s website.

While all adult programs are free, advanced registration is required as space is very limited, Jones said.

Another fun option for adults is to read 10 books between Memorial Day and Labor Day in order to receive a free mug, which was custom-designed by library staff for their adult summer readers. The mugs are different each year and, Jones said, many participants have fun building their collection each summer.