Tuesday, June 28, 2011

SRP roundup

We are heading into our 3rd week of Summer Reading Program activities and thought we would share some photos and details about what we are up to lately.

For our kick-off events, we were lucky to have Jack Gladstone perform songs with his daughter Mariah performing American Indian sign language alongside him. The audience loved them!

Last week we journeyed to Africa. The younger children created elephant masks, and the older children made lion masks. We also read stories and sang songs about Africa, and some of us even learned some Swahili.

We also had a great group of teens come and work on journaling projects. They decorated their own journals and then spent an hour writing about their hopes, dreams, selves, and futures.

Stay tuned for more news and pictures as we continue our adventures this summer!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Summer Reading Program is coming!

“One World, Many Stories” is the theme for Flathead County Library System’s 2011 Summer Reading Program for children. Through stories, songs, and a variety of crafts, children will enjoy activities and stories that will take them on an extraordinary global journey. The 2011 Summer Reading Program is a free program that encourages all children from infants to those entering 5th grade to enjoy books all summer long.

Registration begins on June 13 at any Flathead County Library System branch. Those participating in the Summer Reading Program will receive a reading log to record time spent reading or listening to books. The program concludes on August 22.

Library locations will offer a variety of children’s programs all summer; no registration is required to attend the programs. Brochures listing program schedules are available at Flathead County Library System locations. In Kalispell, programs will be held Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. Columbia Falls will have programs at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Programs at Bigfork will be on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. Visit the Summer Reading Program website for more details.

“You Are Here” is this year’s theme for the Teen Summer Reading Program. Area teens entering grades 6 through 12 are invited to sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program. Teens can keep track of their time spent reading and earn prizes; teens participating in the program will be entered for grand prizes that include an iPod Touch and a Nook eReader. Teens can also join fun events all summer long. Teen Summer Reading Program flyers are available at all library locations, or contact your library for a list of upcoming events and times.

Registration for the teen program begins on June 13 and the program concludes on August 22.

This year, the Friends of the Flathead County Library System will again sponsor Readers to the Rescue, an additional component of the Summer Reading Program. Any extra hours read by children and teen participants will go to the Readers to the Rescue fund and will be converted to a donation (up to $2000). This summer, Readers to the Rescue will support Literacy Volunteers of Flathead County, a community non-profit organization that improves people’s lives through reading and writing skills.

Special thanks to Park Side Federal Credit Union for their generous support in sponsoring FCLS’s Summer Reading Program.