West Liberty Public Library to hold annual Summer Reading Program for all ages

Get ready to color your world during the West Liberty Public Libraries’ annual summer reading program, set to begin this June for everyone in the community.

This year’s theme is “Reading Colors Your World.” With our programs, projects, and plenty of paint, you can do just that, with activities for you, your family, and friends of all age groups.

From June 7 through July 31, patrons can pick up reading logs and activity packets to participate. Each age level has unique events and prizes.

“We’ve taken what we’ve learned over the past year and applied it to our Summer Reading Program, mixing fun events and activities that are safe and accessible to all,” says Library Director Allie Paarsmith.

Adults (16+) who participate will be given book logs in the form of a bookmark, each of which can be completed by reading six books! There will also be take-and-make projects and two major programs during the summer reading program.

The first program will be a Plant Swap on June 13, and the second will be a Plein-air Painting Tutorial on July 18 to correspond with the West Liberty Area Art Council’s Plein-air event this summer.

There is plenty to do for teens, children, and infants as well. This year youth activity logs are much more than reading, they’re interactive. Your kids will be challenged to read and participate in a variety of activities, including take-home kits, events on the library lawn, and art, lots and lots of art.

Youth programming will include pendulum painting, fidget spinners, upcycled thrift art, wire sculptures, and broken crayon art. Younger children will also be able to attend story times online and in person.

“I’m so excited to finally be able to interact with our families and kiddos in person! That was a big factor in planning the activity logs for the youth programs,” says Youth Librarian Lily Smith. “I wanted to make sure voracious and unenthusiastic readers alike can participate.”

While we at the library believe reading is a prize in itself, we’ll also have a variety of real-world prizes for participating and completing reading logs and activities, thanks to sponsorships from West Liberty State Bank and MidwestOne Bank.

Adults will vie for the grand prize, $100 in Chamber Bucks plus art supplies, while prizes for children will vary by age. Our youngest kiddos will get a book for participating, while elementary students and older will get books and coupons for finishing their logs.

To be a part of the Summer Reading Program, sign-up begins on June 7! Thanks to Hills Bank we have several “Color Your World” summer reading T-Shirts on a first-come, first-serve basis.

In order to get started, either fill out a form online at wlpl.org or visit us at the library. You can also learn more about the summer reading program and specific dates online, or from a handout at the library.

“After a rough year, we’re excited for the Summer Reading Program,” says Director Paarsmith. “Not only does it challenge our community to read, but it gives them activities to do.”

The West Liberty Public Library is now open to walk-ins, and we hope the Summer Reading Program will encourage you to visit. The library is open Mon-Thurs (10 a.m.-7 p.m.) as well as Friday and Sunday (2-5 p.m.).Contact us at 319-627-2084 or visit wlpl.org to learn more. Whether you want to participate in the program, or just want to check out our collection of books, movies, and video games, we’ll be happy to see you!

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