Li­brary head­ing to space dur­ing sum­mer read­ing

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The Sa­line County Li­brary is gear­ing up for an­other sum­mer full of ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages.

“Our Sum­mer Read­ing Pro­gram is not just about read­ing,” said Youth Ser­vices Man­ager Sara­beth Lesko. “We want to of­fer fun, ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties through the sum­mer.”

Sum­mer Read­ing will run June 3 through July 27. This year’s theme is Space Camp.

Chil­dren and adults can set daily read­ing goals and turn in their read­ing track­ers weekly. When they turn in the track­ers, chil­dren will be en­tered to win prizes in weekly draw­ings and adults will earn en­tries each week they turn in theirs for a grand prize draw­ing at the end of the pro­gram.

At the con­clu­sion of week four, read­ers will re­ceive a li­brary T-shirt and week eight they will earn a book, a book buck to spend in the used book store or a li­brary tote bag.

On Mon­days at 1 p.m. at Boswell Li­brary and 3 and 6 p.m. at Herzfeld Li­brary, there will be spe­cial pro­grams for all ages.

June 3 will be the Nitro

Joe Science Show. June 10 will fea­ture Ma­gi­cian Marty Boone. Fan­cy­ful Fairy­tales will bring in princesses June 17 and July 15. An­i­mol­ogy will bring their an­i­mals June 24 and July 22. July 1, the li­brary will have the Mom and Pop Mu­sic Va­ri­ety Show. Celia’s Sing Along Dance Party will be July 8.

There will be dif­fer­ent pro­grams held on Saturdays.

At 10:30 a.m. June 1 and July 6 at Herzfeld Li­brary, there will be Min­gling Mom­mies for par­ents and chil­dren ages 6 months to 24 months.

From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 8 and July 13 in Ben­ton and 10 to 11 a.m. June 15 and July 20 in Bryant, chil­dren and any­one who needs prac­tice read­ing can at­tend Puppy Tales to prac­tice read­ing to dogs.

June 15, Hamp­stead Stage Com­pany will per­form “The Jun­gle Book” at 1 p.m. at the Ben­ton lo­ca­tion. The com­pany uses two ac­tors with props and cos­tume changes to bring sto­ries to life. The ac­tors re­cruit assistants from the au­di­ence.

“They are great,” Lesko said. “Ev­ery­thing they do is re­ally in­ter­est­ing.”

From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 15, a track­less train will be of­fer­ing rides at the Bryant branch.

Lit­tle Rock Dog Train­ing will show off their pup acts at 10:30 a.m. June 19 at Herzfeld.

The Li­brary will hold Baby and Me at 9:30 a.m. and

Play to Learn for chil­dren from birth to 4 at 10:30 a.m. Thurs­days in Ben­ton.

At the end of the sum­mer, the li­brary will hold Baby Prom in Ben­ton from 10 to 11 a.m.

Nancy Pruitt will bring out an­i­mal friends at 10:30 a.m. July 20. She will tell sto­ries and show her an­i­mals.

At 10:30 a.m. on Tues­days in Bryant and 3 p.m. Wed­nes­days in Ben­ton, the li­braries will hold their Awe­some Astro­nauts for chil­dren ages 5 to 8 and Space Ex­plor­ers for tweens ages 9 to 12. Both pro­grams will fea­ture dif­fer­ent art and STEM projects each week such as build­ing a rocket ship and a scav­enger hunt.

On Tues­days at 4 p.m. in Ben­ton, teens 13 to 18 will be go­ing back to Thistle­bryt School of Magic for the third year. The teens will take part in ac­tiv­i­ties in­spired by the world of “Harry Pot­ter.”

At 4 p.m. on Thurs­days in Bryant, teens can take part in a space-themed role play­ing game — In­sti­tute of Ce­les­tial Knowl­edge — cre­ated by Teen Li­brar­ian Brett Wil­liams.

The li­brary plans to hold sev­eral pro­grams for adults 18 and older.

Kick­ing off June 3, the li­brary will hold its 48-Day Film Project where pa­trons can cre­ate their own short movies to ap­pear in the SCL 48-Day Film Fes­ti­val from

6 to 8:30 p.m. July 25. The manda­tory meet­ing for the project will be at 6 p.m. June 3. Films must be fam­ily friendly.

Yarn It All will con­tinue at 10 a.m. Mon­days in Ben­ton.

At 6 p.m. Thurs­days, the li­brary will of­fer dif­fer­ent projects in the Mak­erspace

from galaxy bath bombs to dream­catch­ers.

Laura Erik­sen, a cer­ti­fied ESOL teacher, will lead English lan­guage classes at 6:30 p.m. June 6 and 20 in Ben­ton.

Tolkien In­ter­ac­tive

Movie Day will be held at 11 a.m. June 15 at Ben­ton. Par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive “elevenses” of pizza, donuts, gra­nola bars, pret­zels and water and watch a movie in­spired by the works of the fa­mous au­thor.

June 18 at 6 p.m., lo­cal au­thor Carla Mc­claf­ferty will dis­cuss her new book, “Buried Lives: The Enslaved Peo­ple of Ge­orge Washington’s Mount Ver­non.”

Kon Mari Work­shops will be of­fered at 10 a.m. in Bryant and 6 p.m. in Ben­ton June 25, with Sue Fel­berg an­swer­ing ques­tions and pro­vid­ing tips.

Adults will be able to im­merse them­selves in the mag­i­cal world of “Harry Pot­ter” with an Adult Harry Pot­ter Night from 5:45 to

9 p.m. June 28, in Ben­ton. They will eat snacks in the Hog­warts Din­ing Hall, take classes such as po­tions and de­fense against the dark arts and more.

“We have had so much in­ter­est in adult Harry Pot­ter pro­gram and we are fi­nally do­ing it,” Lesko said.

The li­brary will close out the sum­mer of pro­grams with SCL Con from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 27. Lesko said last year’s con was pop­u­lar with more than 800 peo­ple at­tend­ing.

There will be ven­dors, cos­tumes, games, art and more. ARKLUG will bring their full Lego setup. Fan­ci­ful Fair­ty­tales will bring Kylo Ren, Rae and BB-8 for light saber train­ing and games.

“It is a great event for the whole fam­ily,” Lesko said. “There is some­thing go­ing on for ev­ery age to en­joy.”

Herzfeld Li­brary is lo­cated at 1800 Smithers Dr. in Ben­ton and can be reached at 501-778-4766. Boswell Li­brary is at 201 N. Prick­ett Rd. in Bryant and can be reached at 501-847-2166.

More in­for­ma­tion about ev­ery­thing the li­brary of­fers is avail­able at www.salinecoun­tyli­

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