Library heading to space during summer reading
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.
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.salinecountylibrary.org.