On Your Mark, Get Set … Read

2016-srp-sloganSummer Reading Program is off to a great start! If you haven’t signed up your kids yet, you can still do so at our website http://lmlibrary.org/kids/summerreading/ or at the library. Teens (6th – 12th grade) can sign up at http://lmlibrary.org/teens/summerreading/

The library has lots of fun stuff going on every week! Here’s what’s coming up in June:

The school system is serving free lunches for kids ages 1-18 Mondays through Thursdays from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm here at the library, in our basement. No registration or identification is required.

fieldhouseToday through Thursday: Storywalk! Take a stroll outside the library and read a fun book at the same time. Start outside our front doors (next to the big open book) and go to your right until the last page, which is on the outside of The Learning Center annex.

We have a great guest coming on Wednesday at 6 pm! Former KU Basketball player and Graphic Novelist Scott Novosel will be here, it should be a lot of fun!

We have four storytimes every week, for all ages of kids. Wee ones & toddlers are invited to our Tuesday 11:15 am storytime, and we have a storytime on Tuesdays at 2 pm for 3rd – 5th graders. Thursdays at 11:15 am is our Preschoolers & Kindergarteners storytime, and 1st & 2nd graders are welcome at our 2 pm storytime on Thursdays. If you have children in multiple age ranges, you are welcome to come to the storytime that fits best with your schedule.

If you can’t join us at our normal storytimes, we’re also doing a special storytime on Friday, June 17th at 10 am at Spencer Browne’s Coffeehouse. Enjoy coffee or your favorite morning beverage and relax as your kids listen to stories, sing songs, and do a craft.

This week, we also have a special puppet show! “Racing to Read” is Friday at 1:30 pm. Come watch the classic story about a tortoise and a hare.

Teens can join us every Tuesday at 4 pm for a movie and a craft in the YA area. We also have a video game & tabletop game club for teens every Thursday at 4 pm in the basement.

Tuesday at noon, we have our Book Club for adults – bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of Same Kind of Different as Me, by Ron Hall and Denver Moore.

Adults and teens can also join us Wednesday at noon or Thursday at 6 pm for Coffee provided by Spencer Browne’s and Crafts! This month, we’ll be making stone art.

And, adults can join our popular monthly dice game of Bunco at noon on Thursday, June 23! Registration is required, either on our website or by talking to Shannon.

On Wednesday, June 22 at 1 pm, join us for a show from Mad Science! Learn something about science through fun demonstrations.

angels for animalsDo you like dogs? Friday, June 24 is “Take Your Dog to Work Day,” and Angels for Animals will be here at the library at 2 pm to show us some rescue animals!

Performers including singers, dancers, musicians, poets, and actors have a chance to show off their talents on June 25 at 1 pm for Open Mic Day! Anyone interested in participating should contact Tammy, tammyg@lmlibrary.org. Or you can just come and enjoy the show.

Our monthly recipe swap will be on Monday the 27th at 6:30 pm. Bring a food that’s served cold for summer or just come enjoy everyone else’s creations.

Smoky Hills Public Television will be at the library on Wednesday the 29th at 1 pm with a Curious George presentation! He’ll teach us about eating healthy in his funny way.

We’re having a lot of fun through our Summer Reading Program here at the library, so come join us as we read, play, craft, and learn for the win!

Summer is Coming

2016-srp-sloganReady or not, summer is just around the corner! And with it comes the library’s annual Summer Reading Program. This year, we will be having activities starting in late May, and throughout both June and July! The theme for kids this year is “On Your Mark, Get Set… Read!” There will be lots of fun guests and activities here at the library, including an obstacle course, life-sized board games, the Kansas Cosmosphere, Rattlesnake Andy, a Curious George presentation, and former KU Basketball player Scott Novosel! Summer reading kicks off on Monday, May 23! Kids and teens can earn prizes by reading and coming to library activities this summer.

Sign up your child on our website at: http://lmlibrary.org/summer-reading-signup-kids

Teens can sign up at: http://lmlibrary.org/summer-reading-signup-teens

The library has entertaining activities to tide you over until Summer Reading gets here:

  • Tuesdays at 6 pm and Thursdays at 11:15 am: Storytime! Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.
  • Wednesdays at 4 pm: Lego day! Come build with us.
  • Wednesday, May 18 at noon & Thursday, May 19 at 6 pm: Coffee and coloring! Enjoy a variety of coffee and tea flavors as you snack and converse and enjoy the relaxing world of adult coloring! Adults and teens welcome.
  • Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20: Kids and teens can join us for a craft and games at 1 pm, followed by a movie at 2 pm! Popcorn and lemonade will be served during the movie.

Then Summer Reading Program starts, and there will be lots of fun stuff happening:

  • Monday, May 23rd at 6 pm: Summer Reading Kickoff, featuring Poppa D. Clown!
  • Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 pm: Recipe swap! Join us this month for a Barbeque cookout. Bring something to share or just taste all the great recipes people have.
  • Tuesdays at 11:15 am: Storytime for Wee Ones & Toddlers (0 – 36 months) – If you have children in different age brackets, you are welcome to bring all of them to the storytime that works best for your schedule.
  • Tuesdays at 2 pm: Storytime for kids entering 3rd – 5th grades – This summer, we’ll be reading about sports, exercise, and eating healthy.
  • Tuesdays at 4 pm: Teen movie & coloring in YA area. Enjoy some summer films and color from our adult coloring books. We have everything from owls to Doctor Who and Marvel’s Civil War! Refreshments provided.
  • Wednesday, May 25th at 2 pm – Scavenger Hunt – We provide the clues, can you find the prizes? For all ages.
  • Wednesdays at 4 pm: Lego day! Come build with us.
  • Thursdays at 11:15 am: Storytime for Preschoolers & Kindergarteners – Stories, crafts, and songs.
  • Thursdays at 2 pm: Storytime for kids entering 1st & 2nd grade – Quote the adult theme for this year, “Exercise your mind: Read!”
  • Thursdays at 4 pm: Videogame & Tabletop game club for teens – We have Playstation 4, Wii, and Xbox One, not to mention every tabletop game you can think of! Play some Madden or Apples to Apples, or challenge yourself with Settlers of Catan!
  • Fridays: Crafts & games at 1 pm, movie at 2 pm! Popcorn and lemonade will be served during the movie.
  • Saturday, May 28th at 1 pm: Open Mic Day! Singing, music, acting, poetry, and ending with a karaoke singalong! Participate or watch the show! Talk to Tammy (tammyg@lmlibrary.org) if you would like to perform!
  • Monday, May 30th: The library will be closed for Memorial Day.

Please join us for lots of fun as we read, play, exercise, and learn how to eat healthy this summer!