Summer Reading party and Read with a Ranger

This year’s free Summer Reading Program will come to a close tomorrow (Friday, July 31) when all registered participants are invited to the closing celebration party at 5:30 p.m. that includes free food, fun, music and prizes. No advance reservations are required,

This summer we have had 51 adult participants, 41 teens, and 140 children and tweens participating. In addition to enjoying a wide variety of fun programs, these avid readers have competed for some wonderful prizes that will be given out at the party tomorrow evening. The children/tween prize is a bike and helmet package from The Hub Bike Shop.  The teen prize is a river rafting adventure for two from Wilderness Journeys. The adult grand prize is a choice of either a river rafting adventure for two or a scenic 4×4 jeep tour for two. In addition, two other adult winners will win a $25 donation to the charity of their choice.

The RetroCats band will perform during the event. We will have fun crafts, snacks, general merriment and, of course, the drawing for the grand prizes at 6:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, this summer’s final free Read with a Ranger program takes place on Tuesday, August 4 from 2-3:30 p.m. Kids entering the second through fifth grades are invited to join Ranger Brandon as he read nature-themed books and provides interactive activities, crafts and a whole lot of fun. Parents or caregivers are not required to attend. No advance registration required.

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions – kids (includes tweens), teens and adults.

New teen advisory group

Join us next Thursday, August 6 from 4-5 p.m. for the first meeting of a new teen advisory group where we want to listen to your fun and innovative ideas for programs for the seventh-twelfth grades.  The second meeting is set for Thursday, August 20 from 4-5 pm.

Free Medicare 101

Area Agency on Aging will present a session on Medicare next Tuesday, August 4 from 10:30 a.m. – noon at your library to help you understand your rights, options, deadlines, possible penalties and where to find the information you need. Registration is required. Call them at 264-0502 to reserve your spot.

Annual Book Sale

Save the date for the Annual Book Sale – Friday, August 21 from 5-8 p.m. for members of The Friends, who enjoy a potluck and first access to the sale goodies, and then Saturday, August 22 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. for the general public.

Free movie Fridays

Please note no movie tomorrow (July 31) because of the Summer Reading party. Join us August 7 at noon for popcorn and a movie suitable for teens and kids. Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the activities calendars in the library with the film names and their ratings (PG or PG-13).

Free teen gaming

No teen gaming August 4. Join us Tuesday, August 11 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for fun for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades. Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.

Free Superhero Academy

Kids entering first-sixth grades are invited from 1-2:15 p.m. today (Thursday, July 30) for the last chance to build costumes, learn about the science of superheroes and enjoy super activities.

Free baby/toddler time

This time is a half hour of playtime and socialization for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. Come meet other children and parents — we’ll pull out games for all to share.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Drop in with your technology questions. A more formal session requiring advance registration is Facebook Basics on Monday, August 3 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Free programmed Nooks

Reminder: We have nine Nooks and three tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure. The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers. The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

Free downloadable movies

For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed. Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website where you will find programs such as “Mister Rogers & Me,” “The Day Carl Sandburg Died,” “The Science of Healing,” “Saving the Ocean,” “Forgotten Ellis Island,” “Ken Burns’ The Address” and “Kind Hearted Woman.” You can access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on our library website.


“Kill Bill” Volume 1 is R-rated. “Woman in Gold” is a true story starring Helen Mirren. “Jungle Book” is the Rudyard Kipling classic. “Girl, Interrupted” stars Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie. “The Big Lewowski” stars Jeff Bridges and John Goodman.

Thrillers and mysteries

“The Secret Place” by Tana French begins with a young boy’s murder in Dublin. “Vanishing Games” by Roger Hobbs is a thriller and the sequel to “Ghostman.”

Other novels

“The Truth According to Us” by Annie Barrows evokes the charm and eccentricity of a small town. “Dead Ice” by Laurell K. Hamilton is a vampire novel.


“Epic Survival” by Matt Graham and Josh Young is a memoir by Discovery Channel’s ‘Dual Survival” star. “Armada” by Ernest Cline is a sci-fi story seeped in gaming. “Smoke Jumper” by Jason A. Ramos is a memoir of one of America’s most select airborne firefighters.

Large print

“The Wolfe Widow” by Victoria Abbott is a Book Collector mystery. “The Marriage Charm” by Linda Lael Miller is a romance. “The Children’s Crusade” by Ann Packer follows a Silicon Valley family. “The Melody Lingers On” by Mary Higgins Clark is a mystery. “A New Hope” by Robyn Carr is a Thunder Point novel. “The Santangelos” by Jackie Collins is a family saga.

Music CDs

Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you. You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Medora Bass, Mary Hunt, Susan Johnson, the Springs Resort and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

I’ve learned that a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.” – Andy Rooney (1919-2011), American radio and TV writer.



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