Local kids who just completed another school year probably have other things on their minds than hitting the books. That’s why the Homer Public Library is adding a little pizazz to its annual summer reading program.
Claudia Haines is Youth Services Coordinator at the library. She has all sorts of fun summertime activities planned for local kids as part of the library’s annual “Summer at the Library” program, which she says is not just about reading books anymore.
"We inject all sorts of new ideas into it ... ideas that we get from the theme," said Haines. "This year, the theme is 'Dig Into Reading.' We're using a lot of local artists and experts to come up with ideas and get the kids doing lots of fun stuff."
One of the weekly activities is called “Maker Monday,” where kids from all age groups will have a chance to exercise their creativity muscles at the library.
"One of them will be an introduction to 'steampunk' ... making lots of stuff with gears," said Haines. "We'll be deconstructing things and then rebuilding them in the steampunk idea,"
Kids will also be able to learn the craft of stop-motion animation using Lego blocks. And if that’s not enough fun for Lego-philes, the library is also putting on its third annual Superhero Lego Contest in July, which requires contestants to create an original Lego scene, complete with a narrative describing what’s going on.
Older kids can look forward to the library’s Teen Lock-In night, an evening of activities designed for teens that will be tech-connected to other libraries around the country.
The library asks families to register in advance for the “Summer at the Library” program so that they can get involved early in the summer reading challenge, which offers prizes for kids who complete reading goals throughout the summer.
Registration can take place in person at the Homer Public Library or online at the library website.