At the heart of the season's programming is creativity.
Crookston Library has a summer schedule jam-packed with free activities for all ages. Several of these are part of the Library’s 2009 Summer Reading Program, "Be Creative @ Your Library," designed to encourage children to read over the summer months by making reading more fun with special programs, good books and reading incentives.
Throughout the summer at libraries across Minnesota, Get Creative @ Saving for College gives parents and children a chance to win $1,000 that can be used toward their college education.
Here's how it works:
1. Sign your child up (parent and child must reside in Minnesota) for the Be Creative @ Your Library summer reading program at your local library or LINK Site.
2. Fill out the entry card (available at your local library or LINK Site) and return it to your library for the grand prize drawing of $1,000 that can be used toward your child's college education.
3. If you win a grand prize, your library or LINK Site will also win $500.
Learn more at www.mnsaves.org/library.
Be Creative @ Your Library
At 2 p.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 5 (except for July 1), the summer reading program for children through age12 will have a different topic to engage kids in a fun activity. Children can fill out a reading record for a chance to win prizes. The schedule for the rest of the summer is:
June 17 – You've Got Game! Learn about old-fashioned outdoor games. You might be the next hopscotch ace on your block.
June 24 – Catch the Beat! Orchestra teacher Val Buchmeier will introduce kids to the stringed instrument.
July 8 – Dance Party!
July 15 – Magician Jeffrey Salveson will present his magic show.
July 22 – Ham it Up! Learn about acting from Joyce Johnson.
July 29 – Artsy Smartsy! Jill Schisano will demonstrate a few things about art to children.
August 5 – You're All Wet! Water balloon finale, with books and prizes awarded by the C.A.L.L. Committee
Express Yourself @ Your Library
Crookston Library has a summer reading program for teens, Express Yourself @ Your Library. Read four books or audiobooks for your chance to win prizes. Stop in to the library to sign up and get started.
Teens ages 13 through 16 are also invited to Guitar Hero, Games, Book Discussions and Snacks at 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month through Aug. 11. Enjoy board games, card games, visiting with friends or help put a puzzle together. Bring a bottled drink to have with popcorn if you like.
The book discussion involves talking about popular books on a reading list and soliciting recommendations on books the teens want to read. No book reports…just fun discussions with glimpses of characters and highlighted situations.
Find out what level you can achieve and how high you can score playing Wii Guitar Hero. There will be prizes for the highest points reached by the second week of August.
Prizes, pizza and pop for those who participate in the program will be on the last day, Aug. 12.
All Ages Summer Fun Night
On June 22 from 7 to 8 p.m., everyone is invited to the library to learn Zumba dancing. Jodi Dragseth will teach the group how to Zumba dance on the front patio (sunroom in case of rain). People can also play board games, put puzzles together, enjoy snacks and have a relaxed night out with family and friends.
Free movies, complete with popcorn, will be shown on the following dates:
Tuesday, June 16, 6 p.m. – Hotel for Dogs
Thursday, July 2, 1 p.m. – The Tale of Despereaux
Tuesday, July 21, 6 p.m. – Paul Blart: Mall Cop
Thursday, Aug. 6, 1 p.m. – Space Buddies
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 6 p.m. – New in Town
Individualized computer instruction
Call the library at 281-4522 to schedule an appointment that fits your schedule for individualized instruction on basic computer classes on e-mail, Internet searching and getting to know your computer. Basic computer skills are required for all but getting to know your computer.
• Storytime, designed for young children, takes place Thursdays at 10 a.m. There’s a different theme each week.
• Kids ages 8 through 12 are invited to play Wii Sports, games and snacks the first and third Tuesday of each month from 4-5 p.m.
• Sizzlin’ Summer Reads is the summer reading program for adults. Visit your library for more details.
• Does your organization need a speaker for an upcoming meeting? Contact Crookston Library to schedule a speaker for a half-hour program at the library or another meeting location.