Baldwin City Public Library summer reading ends with food fight
Judging from the response during the first three hours of the two-day registration for the Baldwin City Public Library’s summer reading program, there are going to be a lot of community youngsters and adults reading books this summer.
Barbara Mathews, Baldwin City Public Library children’s librarian, said more than 90 children and adults signed up for the summer reading program from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday. Although this summer’s activities are geared to youngsters from pre-school through junior high, the reading program is open to adults.
The effort continued Wednesday with a sign-up fair, which featured face painting, a fish pond, a photo booth, sidewalk art and other activities. Those who missed the event need not worry because registrations are still being accepted.
Again this year, the summer reading program will feature weekly activities days from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays, starting June 3 and continuing through July 11. As it has the past two years, the Lumberyard Arts Center, 718 High St., will have an 11 a.m. Wednesday arts activity to complement the reading program.
The reading program will conclude with a July 18 rewards party for those students who completed their summer reading goals.
Those goals haven’t changed from last year, Mathews said. The goal for children in the second grade and younger is to read along or have more than 20 books read to them by July 11. For older children, the goal is to read 10 age-appropriate books or 1,000 pages by the same date. The adult goal is to read three books.
The schedule of weekly programs includes four that are returning from last year — a visit from Claudia Hey of Ad Astra Alpacas with some of her animals, a presentation from Operation Wildlife, a morning of fun crawling through tunnels constructed of appliance boxes and a lesson from the community’s Douglas County Master Gardeners. Added this year is a trip across the street to the Baldwin City Fire Department and a show from local magician Eric Vaughn.
“He performed at the high school’s after-prom party and was thoroughly enjoyed by the students at 2 a.m.,” Mathews said.
Prizes for those completing goals include goody bags, an invitation for a July 18 party at the Baldwin City swimming pool and books, Mathews said. Adults reaching the goal will be eligible for drawings for a stack of books and gift baskets.
Baldwin Junior High School is providing an added incentive by making homework passes available for the coming year for students logging at least two hours of reading, Mathews said. In addition, the library has added a first-time reward in an attempt to attract more junior high readers.
“We shamelessly stole the idea from the Great Bend library,” Mathews said. “Junior high readers who reach their goals will be eligible for a food fight outside the library. We’re thinking things soft, squishy and yucky like mashed potatoes, Jell-O and leftover pasta.”