Summer Reading Masterpiece In The Works

Judy Kramer
County Reporter
Free summer fun for kids begins at the Warsaw Branch of the Boonslick Regional Library (BRL) begins on June 1 and runs until July 31. Dual programs will take place during this time frame including one for those ages 2 through 11, and a second one for teens 12 through 18 years. Prizes will be given for every reading slip returned and there is no limit. Each reading slip turned in will also be entered in contests for gift cards and bags of books. Each age group will also be offered weekly programs, demonstrations, and an End of Summer Party.
Participants can begin signing up for the program on June 1. Reading slips will be provided so every four hours of reading can be logged. The slips can be returned until 5:30 PM on July 31. Reading materials allowed for the program are books, magazines, e-books, e-audios, e-magazines and e-comics from any BRL branch. Two $50 gift cards and two $25 gift cards, plus bags of books for elementary school students will be awarded on August 1.
Programs and demonstrations for ages 2 through 11 will take place on Thursdays at 1:30 PM in the library. On June 13, children will learn how real rockets fly through space when they make a straw rocket.  They will also make a windsock-style kite. On June 20, participants will make and decorate a Party Planet Hat, and recreate moon phases using cookies. On June 27, Tammy from UM Extension will give kids an opportunity to learn about and taste foods from around the world. The library will be closed on July 4. July 11 will feature a presentation entitled “Re-think your Drink,” put on by the Benton County Health Department – WIC. On July 18, Lindsy and Rachel from Warsaw Fitness will tell kids about the many benefits of Yoga and teach a few poses. It is advised that everyone dress in loose, comfy clothing. On July 25, the Stepping Stones Garden Club will guide participants as they create a card to tell a family story.
Story Time will be held on Thursdays at 10 AM for ages 2 through 5, June 13 to July 25, and will also feature finger plays, songs, simple crafts and a short video. Legos are available every Monday at 2 PM for all ages. The End of Summer party will be held July 31, at 10 AM at the Warsaw Community Building for the 2 – 11 year olds. A juggler will entertain.
Programs for teens will be held on Thursdays at 3 PM. The first session, on June 13, is entitled “Outer Space Rocks” and will involve painting everyday rocks to look like the night sky. On June 27 there will be CD Art, and on July 11, teens will make an Eclipse T-Shirt. They must bring their own dark colored t-shirt, and wear old clothes because they will be using a half-bleach water mixture to spray on their shirts. On July 25, teens will make Nebula Jars.
The teen End of Summer Party will also be held July 31, at 1 PM in the library meeting room. It is the last day to turn in reading slips, and there will be a movie and snacks.
Studies have shown that children who participate in summer reading programs have increased reading levels and improved reading skills entering the new school year. BRL not only wants to provide a program that develops literacy skills, but to be a place where children and their families can have fun.
The BRL wishes to thank the following business and organizations for making the summer reading program possible.  They are Casey’s General Store, Dollar General Store Literacy Program, Jester’s, Lucas Oil Speedway, McDonalds of Warsaw, Mr. Condray’s Middle School art students, Sonic of Warsaw, Warsaw Friends of the Library, Warsaw Municipal Pool, Warsaw Pizza Hut, and Warsaw Walmart.