Summer Reading

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Every June and July, the library hosts a Summer Reading program. All ages can participate, from babies to teens to grandparents. It's free to join, and readers can earn fun prizes, restaurant certificates, and free books as a reward for reading during the summer months.
raccoon in race car Starting June 1st, kids (birth through 6th grade) who participate in the "Dream Big!" summer reading program simply keep track of how much time they spend reading or listening to books being read to them. Kids or parents can log reading time online, or they can keep track on a colorful reading chart available from the library. In addition, kids and families can attend fun events, movies, storytimes, clubs, educational programs and more at the library all summer long. Everything is free!

for Summer Reading (online registration opens May 21)

Kids who read or listen to books for 250 minutes will recieve a free Vista ice cream cone coupon and a toy. Kids who reach the library's reading goal of 500 minutes will get to choose a free book and a restaurant coupon for a free meal. A bonus prize for kids who reach 1000 minutes includes a Superstar Reader bookmark and a second restaurant coupon. Remember, the last day to log reading time and pick up prizes is July 31st. Happy reading!


STORYTIMES & CLUBS - June 4 - July 28
June 2, 10:00-12:00 - KICK-OFF PARTY - Games, prizes & entertainment on the library lawn
June 8, 2:00 - Kids' Movie
June 16, 5:30 - After Hours Pajama Party
June 22, 10:00 - Kids' Movie
June 22, 2:00 - Beach Museum Program
June 29, 10:00 - ZOOfari Tails storytime
June 30, 2:00 - "Dream Big!" special program
July 3 - Stargazing for the Family (time & place to be announced)
July 6, 2:00 - Kids' Movie
July 14, 2:00 - Dream Big!" special program July 20, 2:00 - Milford Nature Center Program
July 26, 10:00 - Rodeo Reading Round-Up
July 27, 10:00 - ZOOfari Tails storytime
July 28, 2:00 - Lucky Stars Show: Juggling & More
Events take place in the library's auditorium unless otherwise noted


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Baby Rhyme Time - Mon. or Tues. at 11:00

Toddler Time - Mon. at 10:00, Wed. or Thurs. at 11:00

Move & Groove Storytime - Tues., Wed. or Thurs. at 10:00, Wed. at 1:45, or Sat. at 11:00

K-1st Grade* Club: The Dazzling Dreamers
Tues., Wed. or Thurs. at 1:30

2nd-3rd Grade* Club: The Shooting Stars
Tues. or Wed. at 2:45

4th-6th Grade* Club: The Space Badgers
Wed. at 4:00 or Thurs. at 2:45

*refers to the grade children are entering next fall

A big THANK YOU goes to our wonderful sponsors:
Manhattan Library Association (MLA), Pediatric Associates of Manhattan, Applebee's, Vista Drive-In, Baskin Robbins, Quizno's, Chili's, Papa Murphy's, Marvin and Doris Marsh, and the North Central Chapter of the Kansas Reading Association (NCCKRA).

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