The Grant County Library is ready to rock and roll! Kids are invited to explore music and geology during Libraries Rock – the summer reading program. The program is open to children who have completed one year of preschool through ninth graders.
Pre-kindergarteners through fifth graders will log reading time to earn Library Bucks to spend in the Libraries Rock store. On Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. from June 6 thru July 18, this group is also invited to create instruments, pan for gold, design pet rocks, play musical charades, make rain sticks, learn to rap, and devise a rock your pom pom game. Movie day is Thursday, June 14 at 1:30 p.m.
Kids who have completed grades six through nine will form the Libraries Rock Teen Program. Participants must earn a minimum of five points to attend the teen program After Hours Finale on July 18 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Points are earned by reading, volunteering, or participating in weekly challenges. Challenges include tenzi dice, mini golf, shrinky dinks, and a selfie scavenger hunt.
This summer’s guest appearances include Duke Otherwise and Phil Baker. Duke Otherwise is a playful wordsmith, skilled guitarist, and tap-dancer from Madison, Wisconson. He appears June 13, at 1:30 p.m. Phil Baker is a four-time White House performer who connects through songs and activities. Baker appears July 18, at 1:30 p.m. The public is also invited to attend both events.
Stop by the library to register for the Libraries Rock Summer Reading Program. Questions? Call the library at 605.432.6543.
The American Academy of Pediatrics states, “Reading proficiency by the third grade is the most significant predictor of high school graduation and career success.” Children who are read to during infancy and preschool years have better language skills when they start school and are more interested in reading, according to research. In addition, parents who spend time reading to their children create nurturing relationships, which is important for a child’s cognitive, language, and social-emotional development.