Thursday, July 31st, is the last day of our Summer Reading program. More than 2,100 children participated, and together they have read for nearly ONE MILLION MINUTES this summer! Special thanks to our awesome Teen Volunteers who have helped give out prizes to these amazing readers all summer. Come to the prize desk this week to pick up the prizes you earned!
THANK YOU to our Summer Reading sponsors:
Flint Hills Discovery Center
Manhattan Kiwanis Club
Manhattan Library Association
Noodles & Co.
Papa Murphy’s Pizza
by Grace Benedick, Children’s Librarian
As a child, I loved the long summer days and the warm summer nights, but if there was one thing I really hated about summer, it was bedtime. I think we can all remember the childhood trial of trying to fall asleep before the sun had set—when it seemed the whole world was still wide awake. Fortunately, for all of you grown-ups with children undergoing that yearly trial, the library is full of wonderful bedtime stories to appease your wakeful children. In fact, over 200 titles will come up if you search our catalog for picture books about bedtime, so here’s a small selection of summery favorites to get you started:
Jonathan Bean’s debut picture book, At Night is all about one of those restless nights when sleep just won’t come. The story moves at a poetic, quiet pace, following a restless girl as she chases the night breeze up to her city roof. With her curious mother trailing behind, she takes her pillows and blankets upstairs to the rooftop terrace, where she can see the moon and feel the breeze, and better yet—fall asleep.
The Rodeo Readin’ Round-up event this morning was very successful with about 95 kids and 50 adults. Char Henton and others from the Kaw Valley Rodeo board helped coordinate this fun program. Cowboy poet Ron Wilson started out with some poetry with audience participation, followed by a skit performed by the librarians based on Jan Thomas’s “Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy.” Legendary barrelman Rick Young and bullfighters Andy North and Dustin Brewer, dressed in their rodeo clown gear, talked to the kids about their interesting jobs in the rodeo. Andy North always reads his favorite book, “Those Can-Do Pigs” by David McPhail. The Flint Hills Discovery Center was very kind this year to host the event in their facility. Look for a picture on today’s issue of The Mercury! Check out the Kaw Valley Rodeo this weekend, Thurs-Sat. at 8:00 at the fairgrounds.
Be prepared to celebrate your country’s independence this month at Zoofari Tails Storytime! Join us Friday, July 25 as we read and do activities featuring red, whit, and blue animals. Stories read will include: The Little Red Hen, Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear, and The Blue Chicken. Children who attend will be entered to win a free prize book – courtesy of Clafflin books – and even be considered for a free year membership to the Sunset Zoo (drawing in December). After storytime, zoo staff will present touchable animal biofacts and even lead tours throughout the zoo, to view a variety of colorful animals! Also, feel free to bring blankets and/or chairs to sit on. We hope to see you there!
Join us for come-and-go science activity stations! Kids in K-6th grade can come to the library’s Groesbeck Room to experiment with invisible ink, magnets, and more. Visiting all the stations will take about 30 minutes. Feel free to come at any time between 2:00 and 3:30.
Couldn’t survive five minutes out in the wilderness? Then, this program is for you. Learn the ropes of wilderness survival with Daniel Schapaugh. Katniss and Peeta will have nothing on you after this program. Be there on Saturday, July 19th at 10:00 in the Groesbeck Room. See you there! Recommended for tweens to adults.
Summer is always a busy time in the Children’s Room. We are fortunate to have some great library staff and volunteers who come on board to help us out. The only problem is that we really miss them when summer is over! Special thanks goes out to our three summer librarians, Molly, Chelsea and Allison, and our adult volunteers, Barb, Sherry, Lexi, Meshell and Linda!
By Jennifer Adams, Children’s Services Manager
It is summer break, and the kids here are reading maniacs! In June, more than 30,000 children’s books and audiobooks were checked out from the library. So far, 2,000 children have registered for the library’s summer reading program and read more than 600,000 minutes. They are earning cool prizes to keep them motivated, including squirt toys, magnifying glasses, free books, and a wide choice of free food coupons or free kids’ day passes to the zoo and Discovery Center. The last day to collect prizes is July 31, and it is not too late to get your children signed up and include all the reading they have been doing since June 1st.
Amidst the kids checking out books and getting their prizes, you may have noticed construction crews on the grounds, up on the roof, and in and out of the building. The Children’s Room is shrinking while this phase of the construction project proceeds with renovations inside the current space, and with connecting the room to new spaces on both the north and south ends of the Children’s Room. This will double the size of the space when the project is completed at the end of this year.
Luckily, we are able to keep all our children’s materials available to the public, but space is getting more and more crowded for children’s events. Children’s librarians will be doing some fun programs out and about the community during this phase. Ms. Amber is leading weekly storytimes at Bluestem Bistro. Meet on the patio on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 during the month of July to hear fun stories, rhymes and songs about colors. This week’s theme is “blue” featuring Deborah Freedman’s Blue Chicken. What happens when an energetic chicken stumbles off the page and into a pot of blue paint? Join us on the patio to find out. (more…)
The June storytime series may be over, but the July series is just beginning! Join us at Bluestem Bistro, located at 1219 Moro in Manhattan, for an all ages storytime on Wednesday, July 9th at 10am. We will be reading stories about the color red and enjoying the beautiful summer weather out on the patio. There is no registration required and this is a free storytime series. A big thanks goes out to the Bluestem Bistro staff for hosting us!