Come one, come all to join us for our "Jubilee, 1958-2008" summer reading program at the Northwest Branch Library at 3202 McKinzie Road.
We will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Texas State Library Summer Reading programs and my 20th summer reading at Northwest. We will also be celebrating our first summer reading in our newly remodeled Northwest Branch Library.
We are going to have lots and lots of activities for your child. As always, everything is free and open to the public. Some of the programs are geared for preschool children and some programs are geared toward school-aged children, but all programs can be attended by any age child (except for the birding class that is for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders).
You can begin registering for the summer reading program, Monday, June 2, after 2 p.m. You fill out a registration card for each child. The children will need to read either 10 books or 500 pages by July 19 to receive the reading certificate, name tag and goodie bag. We will also have lots of programs for you and your child to enjoy.
"Jubilee" opens up with a visit by "Sheriff Shorty" on Thursday, June 5, at 11 a.m. We will also have a visit by Bonzo Crunch from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Friday, June 6, at 3:30 p.m.
Our regularly scheduled programs for the summer begin June 9. On Mondays will be "Winging It" with all kinds of crafts using and about nature.
Tuesdays we'll have two programs. "Who's Whooo" at 3:30 p.m. is where we will have nature adventures and nature experts. "Night Crawlers" will be at 7 p.m. This program is stories and songs geared toward early elementary aged children.
Wednesdays we'll have two programs. "Tales or Tails" family storytime is at 11 a.m. This is geared toward preschoolers with lots of songs, books and fingerplays. "Books Come Alive" is a joint project with Del Mar where the students will act out the stories in costumes (this program ends July 2).
On Thursdays we will have "Batty About Books" storytime at 11 a.m. (this is a repeat of Wednesdays storytime). "Animal Creations" at 4:30 p.m. are more nature crafts adventures geared toward the elementary school aged.
Fridays during June will be "Books Come Alive Too" at 2:30 p.m. This is part of the joint project with Del Mar students.
And last, but not least, on Saturdays will be "Nature Explorers" at 2:30 p.m. This will be more special adventures with nature (different from the Tuesday program).
The birding class for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders that I talked about last article still needs people to register. It begins Tuesday, June 10, at 2 p.m. and then is on Monday, June 16, 23, 30 and July 7 at 2 p.m. This is a special class that gets its own rewards. (registration required).
Come by to get a calendar anytime. Registration begins June 2. Come join our celebration of "Jubilee 1958-2008" summer reading at Northwest.
Jean Meadors is the children's librarian for the Northwest Branch Library in Corpus Christi. Readers may contact her at 241-9329.