The Library Lowdown

The Elm Grove Public Library, established and supported by the citizens of Elm Grove, provides access to library facilities, resources, and services necessary to meet the informational, educational, and leisure needs of all the people in the community. It assembles, preserves, and administers an organized collection of print and non-print materials to fill those needs. It places special emphasis on stimulating interest and life-long appreciation for reading and learning among children and adults alike

Get ready for a summer of fun at the Elm Grove Public Library with children's summer library program, kicking off Monday, June 16!

The Elm Grove Library has an action-packed summer library program in store, full of educational and entertaining activities to keep everyone busy, and it's kicking off with a special robotics event on Monday, June 16. From reading to robots to creating rhythms, there is something for everyone all season long at the library.    

The theme for this year’s summer library program is Fizz, Boom, Read!, and it invites kids to explore the wonders of science and discovery.

The fun officially kicks off on Monday, June 16 at 1:00pm with “Books and Bots”, where children kindergarten age and older can learn and interact with robots courtesy of the Hilltoppers Robotics team. And that is just the beginning. Every Tuesday beginning June 17 through July 29, there will be a movie matinee from 1:00-3:00pm in the library with free popcorn. On Thursday mornings beginning June 19 and running through July 31 (no program July 3), there will be a different special performance in the library at 10:30am. Ranging from humor, to puppets, magic, and wildlife education, the wide variety of events will keep children entertained every week.

Everyone’s favorite stuffed animals will be getting in on the action as well. Wednesday, July 23 is the date for the annual sleepover at the library. Children ages preschool-grade 2 can bring their favorite stuffed toy or doll to the library at 6:30 pm, and together we will tuck him/her in for the night with some cookies and stories. Then, come back the next morning and see photos of all the fun activities your toy took part in during the night. Just to be clear, kids do not sleep over at the library, only their toys. Registration for this event is required and begins June 16. Toys may be picked up later the next day if needed.

There are also several activities planned especially for school-aged children. On Wednesday, June 25, the library will host “Give-It-A-Try Science Day” from 1-2 pm. This event requires registration and is recommended for grades 3-6. It will involve hands-on experiments with water, motion, buildings, and other types of science. Additionally, on Monday, June 30, at 1:00 pm, the Atwood Players present: “Create A Play!” at the library. The actors will create short plays in a flash as the audience chooses what props, costumes, lines and theme will be the spark that sets the improvisational play into motion. Pulling the hats, glasses, wigs, umbrellas and who knows what out of their trunk, the Atwood Players are sure to fire your imaginations. This program is recommended especially for third grade and up, and no registration is required.

For those who plan to spending their summer reading as many books as possible, taking part in the summer reading program provides a great opportunity to turn your reading time into a donation for children in need in other parts of the world. For children ages toddler through 12 years old, every 60 minutes of reading materials checked out from the Elm Grove Library counts as one reading sheet. Each reading sheet, to a maximum of 8, will count toward a donation to Heifer International, a worldwide charity aimed at ending hunger and poverty by donating livestock and sustainable living training to areas in need. For teens ages 12-18, every 3 hours of reading can be counted as one reading sheet. In addition, older children can read to younger children and receive double credit. The summer reading program begins on June 16, and runs through August 15.

If you still find yourself with plenty of time after reading and attending all of the activities, channel your imagination into the creative writing contest, which is open to all students, kindergarten through high school. Prizes will be awarded to winners in different age categories and all entries will be displayed in the library. Winning entries in each age group will also be published in the Elm Grove News-Independent. Complete rules and entry forms will be available on June 16 and entries will be due by August 2, 2014.

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