'Libraries Rock' is theme for Grand Island summer reading programs

Grand Island Public Library (NTV News)

As the weather warms up, the Grand Island Public Library is preparing to kick off a summer of reading and learning.

The 2018 summer reading theme will be “Libraries Rock” and will be celebrated with a special kickoff event on with Emmy Award Winning music duo, Jack and Kitty. The music program is intended for kids of all ages. The concert is on Thursday, May 24, from 7 to 8 p.m. and Friday, May 25, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Grand Island Public Library, 211 N. Washington St. For more information about Jack and Kitty, visit their website.

Monday Children’s Programs

Programs that ROCK will be held at 10:30 a.m. for all ages. Mad Scientist Jim Birkel will be on location, Omaha Zoo Rocks program, and Crane River Theatre is back with Page to Stage Madagascar. Furthermore a Library Circus program will be held, Magical Paradise Zoo, Edgerton Explore-it Center-Good Vibrations Science program, and Grand Island Little Theatre GILT Trip Program-“Are you a kid or are you seaweed?”

Tuesday Children’s Programs

Stories and Crafts will be held at 10:30 a.m. for preschool through fifth grade. During this time good vibrations with science experiments will be held, the Wild West with parachute fun and kids will make tambourines, Dreaming of Drums where kids will make a spin drum, Yellow Submarine-painting, and Stars and Stripes forever. The Tuesday fund doesn’t end there. The Blowin’ in the Wind craft where kids will make a rainmaker, My Many Colored Days will include making a mosaic, and Dance, Dance, Dance-kids will be painting giraffes.

On Tuesdays are also Baby and Toddler Lapsits at 10:30 a.m. for babies birth-two years of age in Bookingham Palace.

Wednesday Children’s Programs

These programs will be at 10:30 a.m. and are intended for ages preschool through fifth grade. During this time children will hear the Golden Sower Picture book nominees and then some fun activities such as making catapults, a visit from Central Nebraska Humane Society, painting a book bag to take home, and so much more will be offered.

Wednesdays at 2 p.m. is Preschool Storytime with Ms. Deb. This storytime is for preschool through second grade and includes lots of fun such as stories, musical instruments, dance, crafts, and snacks. All of this takes place in Bookingham Palace.

Thursday Children’s Programs

Summer Reading Enrichment Club is at 10 a.m. for kids that have finished kindergarten through fifth grade. This fun club is a great way to improve reading skills and keep reading scores up over the summer. Kids need to register for this program by Tuesday, May 29, as the program starts on Thursday, May 31. Each week will include a fund activity such as Read Like a Rock Star, Carnival Games with the Clean Community System, Make a Father’s Day or Special Card for Someone You Love, UNL Extension –Nutrition Rocks, Make Rock and Roll Jewelry, Pioneer Music with the Stuhr Museum, Nebraska Games and Parks, and the last Thursday will be a special Drive-In Movie Party where kids can watch a movie after the program, with Drive-In Movie food.

Thursday afternoon will be Big Kid’s Club for kids that have finished third through fifth grade. These programs are at 2 p.m. and include, Let’s Dance Zumba and Music, Cool to be Kind Kindness Rocks Projects, Octopus’s Garden-Make a mini planter with Home Depot, Living on a Spare-Bowling and Marbles, Rock of Ages Ashfall Fossil Bed Virtual Tour, Strawberry Field’s Forever with UNL Extension Nutrition Program, Weird Science, and the Sweet Escape-Escape Room

Saturday Children’s Programs

Storytimes are at 11 a.m. for kids of all ages. Eddy and other Comfort Dogs will be part of the fun, Bookbop-Music and Movement storytime, as well as stories, crafts, and other special guests. These storytimes are great for family time.

This summer the Summer Reader has a new name—Wandoo Reader. The program will go live the day of the program kickoff. Kids can sign-up and start entering minutes beginning Thursday, May 24, at 7 p.m. Kids who read 100 minutes earn a free kid’s meal, 200 minutes a Nebraska State Fair packet, 300 minutes a free book, as well as up to ten prizes for each 100 minutes.

All reading minutes will be due by Tuesday, July 31. Once again the city elementary schools will be competing to see which school has the most kids that read at least 100 minutes. Each year a special prize is given to the winning school. Shoemaker was the winning school last year.

For the children’s summer reading program list of activities, visit the library’s website at or call 308-385-5333 for more information or to get registered. The library is also on Facebook and Twitter.

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