A summer of reading, music, crafts, cooking, science and fun await youths and adults in the 2018 Summer Reading Program, which runs June 4-July 28.
Sign up is underway for the annual readfest, which awards participants for how many minutes, pages or books they read. Participants – from babies to adults — set their own reading goals and choose how they keep track of their progress.
When signing up at the Belt Branch, Savannah Branch and Bookmobile, participants will receive a reading log and a colorful brochure that contains a two-month summer calendar. They turn in their logs when they are halfway to their goals to receive a prize. Once they reach their goals, they’ll be given a certificate and a free book.
Participants will be entered in the summer prize drawing at sign-up, their halfway points and when they reach their goals. Several gift baskets, prize packages and three grand prizes of $100 Walmart gift cards will be given away in the drawing on Aug. 1.
As a pre-summer event, families and youths can attend Touch-a-Truck, a parking-lot exhibit of vehicles such as fire trucks, law enforcement cars, work trucks and more, at 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Belt Branch and 2-3 p.m. at the Savannah Branch on Thursday, May 24. Kids and families can get up-close looks at the vehicles and sign up for the reading program, too.
This summer’s theme is “Libraries Rock!” and a variety of events are planned around the theme. The featured performers are scheduled for Mondays, with events at 11 a.m. in the Belt Branch Upper Story and 4 p.m. at the Savannah Branch. Singer Babaloo is the opening act June 4.
All summer events can be found on the library’s website, www.rhcl.org. Some require advance sign-up, which can be done online.
Creating a fun environment at the library is meant to inspire kids and adults to read. Winning prizes for their efforts is another incentive. But the real emphasis is on reading.
“Summer reading is important because any reading that a child does will help keep up their reading skills and prevent what is called the summer reading slide,” said Savannah Branch manager Saundra Keiffer. “It’s also a chance for us to present a variety of programs that we normally don’t do during the rest of the year and to engage kids who don’t always get here during the school year.”
Need some suggestions for a fun summer read? Check out some of the newer items the Library has gotten in recently, from exciting new authors and old favorites!
The Woman in the Window
by A.J. Finn
Fans of Gillian Flynn would enjoy this one
by Lauren Denton
For fans of Kim Vogel Sawyer and Colleen Coble
The Parking Lot Attendant
by Nafkote Tamirat
Fans of Harper Lee might enjoy this unique novel
This Could Hurt
by Jillian Medoff
For fans of “The Office” television show
New Books from Bestselling Authors
Ever think that life could be just a teeny bit easier if you just knew all the inside tips? Join us at the Belt Branch on Tuesday May 15 at 6:30pm as we take a light-hearted, hands-on look at some of the best tips from the book Little Book of Life Hacks by Yumi Sakugawa, and find out tricks to remember people’s names, how to keep cake fresh (yes, there will be cake!), how to organize your fridge and much more. Register today so we know how much cake we need!
Both branches of the library will open late on Friday, May 4, so library staff members can attend training classes in the morning.
The Belt Branch and the Savannah Branch will open at 1:30 p.m. and be open until 6 p.m. that day. They will resume normal hours on Saturday, May 5.
Only 1 1/2 more weeks until May 4, 2018!!!
Why are we so excited about that date? It’s our first ever Star Wars celebration! From 3:30-5:30 p.m. in The Upper Story, visitors will be transported to another galaxy far, far away.
There will be Jedi games, crafts, snacks, prizes and much, much more! Costumes are encouraged and welcomed, but not required. May the Fourth be with you!!!!
Do you love food and cooking? Do you read cookbooks just for fun? Test your culinary knowledge with our just-for-fun Culinary Quiz!
And, as always, the magic number for foodies at the Library is 641!
I love money. I love everything about it. I bought some pretty good stuff. Got me a $300 pair of socks. Got a fur sink. An electric dog polisher. A gasoline powered turtleneck sweater. And, of course, I bought some dumb stuff, too. –Steve Martin
Whether you are in the market for a fur sink or not, money is often in everyone’s thoughts. The Library has numerous good books to help you make sense of your dollars and cents—-check out the list below:
The financial diet: a total beginner’s guide to getting good with money
a great primer for people who are new to personal finance concepts
Credit repair: make a plan, improve your credit score, avoid scams
The sensible strategies in Credit Repair help you take control of your finances, clean up your credit report and rebuild your credit.
You need a budget: the proven system for breaking the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle, getting out of debt, and living the life you want
“A handy guide for readers looking to increase their financial literacy and manage their money carefully and successfully.” (Booklist)
How to make your money last: the indispensable retirement guide
provides savvy suggestions to people approaching, entering, or managing retirement
How to retire with enough money: and how to know what enough is
“Ghilarducci uses humor, easy-to-understand calculations, and personas to showcase how readers from varying walks of life can make sustainable retirement savings choices.” —Library Journal
April is Financial Literacy Month, and the Library is offering two programs, both presented by Dave Thompson, founder and host of “It’s Your Money”, about personal finances.
Making Your Money Last As Long As You
Thursday April 19, 6:30pm, Upper Story, Belt Branch
Make sure you can maintain the income you need throughout your entire lifetime. Dave will give a presentation about retirement income strategies, as well as long term care coverage issues.
Keep More of Your Income in Retirement
Tuesday April 24, 6:30pm, Upper Story, Belt Branch
Strategies to keep more of your money in retirement, whether that’s in 10 years or 30 years. Dave will give a presentation about tax-free retirement income strategies, as well as how to choose the right financial advisor for you.
I’m sure you know that the Library carries books about all kinds of crafts–quilting, knitting, crocheting, sewing and so forth. But I bet you didn’t know about these unusual crafts–check one out from the Library today!
Every month, 2 separate book groups are held at the Belt Branch, led by staff member Gena Fisher. The meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month. Here’s what’s in store for April 18–there’s still time to read the books, and anyone is welcome! Questions? Call the Library at 816-232-5479.
Cover to Cover → Meets at 12pm
Little Bookshop of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch
The story of a couple who move to a struggling Virginia town and hope to revitalize it with the small bookshop they buy. Soon the small bookstore becomes a large part of the community. A light refreshment and beverage will be served.
Novel Ideas → Meets at 6:30pm
Georgia by Dawn Tripp
A look at the painter Georgia O’Keefe’s life and work and how her choices inspired her greatest paintings. A light refreshment and beverage will be served.