Gravette Li­brary read­ing pro­gram in­cludes read­ing and STEAM

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GRAVETTE — The Gravette Pub­lic Li­brary will be­gin its chil­dren’s sum­mer read­ing pro­gram Tues­day, July 10, with Dan Skoff, chief me­te­o­rol­o­gist of KNWA, giving a pre­sen­ta­tion on weather.

The li­brary will hold pro­grams at the li­brary each Tues­day at 11:30 a.m. for five weeks, be­gin­ning July 10. Each pro­gram will of­fer pre­sen­ta­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties. Snacks will be pro­vided.

Skoff will ex­hibit a tor­nado ma­chine and talk to the chil­dren about weather pre­pared­ness. Lo­cal en­gi­neer Doug Holm will share how mag­nets are used in ev­ery­day items on July 17; Tabitha Craw­ley, a GHS stu­dent and 4-H mem­ber, will talk about in­sects and present her Mada­gas­car cock­roach col­lec­tion on July 24; the FIRST Robotics Club will give a demon­stra­tion on July 31; and Kather­ine Auld will talk about fos­sils on Au­gust 7. Weekly ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude weather and mag­net ex­per­i­ments, mak­ing slime, com­plet­ing an Ozobot course and rock paint­ing.

Each child who reg­is­ters for the pro­gram re­ceives a sum­mer ac­tiv­ity bag which in­cludes, among other things, a read­ing log that, when com­pleted, rep­re­sents five hours of read­ing. Ev­ery child who com­pletes the read­ing log will re­ceive a book to keep with six ti­tles to choose from, as well as a ticket for an end-of-sum­mer prize raf­fle. The first 45 chil­dren who sub­mit com­pleted read­ing logs will re­ceive a coupon for two tick­ets to an Ar­kan­sas Nat­u­rals base­ball game.

Each child will choose one of four brag tag de­signs to be worn on a chain. For ev­ery 10 min­utes they read, they’ll earn a bead to add to the chain. As they ac­cu­mu­late beads, they can trade up to glit­tery beads, star beads and glow-in-the-dark beads.

Sum­mer read­ing bingo is of­fered for teens and adults. Bingo sheets are avail­able at the li­brary’s cir­cu­la­tion desk. Par­tic­i­pants who com­plete a bingo will be awarded tick­ets for an end-of-sum­mer prize raf­fle.

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