It’s hard to believe our Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program is already half over. June has been a blast! We have enjoyed visits from a famous jump roper, the One Book South Dakota author, Kent Nerburn, and the Omaha Zoo presenting Animals in Space. Not to mention, we have made slime and moon sand and sundials and adults tried their hands at paper quilling. We also have Lego Club every Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. and family-friendly movies every Friday at 2 p.m. throughout June and July. All are welcome!

One of the best parts of working at the library is seeing people find such joy in reading-especially in the summer when kids are not reading for AR points or homework assignments but simply picking books they love to read! It is great to see big stacks of books going out the door. If you haven’t registered for Summer Reading yet, there is still time! You can register by clicking the link on our website Kids from birth to fifth grade are able to earn beads on their reading chains for each hour they read. The more they read-the more decorated their chain becomes! For readers in grades 6-12, you can register to complete different challenges throughout the summer. For each challenge completed, you can put your “tickets” into prize drawings. Adults shouldn’t miss out on the fun either! Adults that register will also earn chances to win prizes for each challenge completed. At the end of the summer, we will be giving away two Amazon Fire 7 tablets-one to a teen reader and one to an adult! If you need help registering, just stop at the library or give us a call.

The library will be closed on July 4-5 in celebration of the holiday, but the rest of the month will continue to be full of fun activities! Check our Facebook page, website or stop in to get a calendar of events. One of the upcoming highlights for adults includes Bad Art Night on July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Willa B’s. There is no registration, fees or strong artistic talent required. All supplies will be provided. You just need to show up ready for some fun! After the “masterpieces” are created, they will be on display for a week at the library where others can come and vote for their favorites in a variety of categories.

Another event you won’t want to miss — mark your calendars to see Gail Shaffer Blankenau on July 23 at 6 p.m. Gail is on a mission to help fellow genealogists succeed with their family history. She will give a presentation on Women Homesteaders and Genealogy. The 1862 Homestead Act provided women heads of household-whether single, widowed or even abandoned-with a unique opportunity to own land in their own right. She will present a variety of women’s homestead files and explore how to use them as a springboard to flesh out your own family genealogy.

To end our Summer Reading Program, we will be hosting our second annual Talent Show at Marian Auditorium on the Mount Marty campus on July 29 at 6 p.m. We are looking for more “acts” of all ages, so sign up at the library today to share your talents with the community. Acts must be less than five minutes and can be music, dance, comedy, magic, jump rope tricks or any other family-friendly talent that you’d like to showcase. Performers will receive “swag bags” and door prizes will be given away to audience members at the event. The library staff will be performing as well.

We hope you are having a summer full of fun, relaxation, and lots of reading whatever you love to read. We hope to see you at the library soon!

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