The theme for the Marshalltown Public Library's 2013 summer reading program is "Dig Into Reading" and features free activities and reading incentives for children of all ages.
Hundreds of Marshalltown students have heard about the prizes they can earn by participating in the incentive program, during a class visit to the library or school assembly over the last few weeks. The summer reading program is open to any age of child, whether that child is a pre-reader, beginning reader, fluent chapter book reader or teen reader. Kids can sign up for a points log at the library anytime during the summer. Information on how the program works and what kids can do to earn points can be found on the "Dig Into Reading" summer reading page of the library's website at www.marshalltownlibrary.org.
In addition to the reading incentive program, free activities are offered each week for a variety of age groups. An online calendar can be accessed on the library's website and a June print calendar is available at the library.
The first week of June brings a "Gardens" story time for preschoolers and a caregiver at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday with stories, songs, finger plays, followed by a planting activity in partnership with Iowa State University Extension.
Dan Wardell, of PBS Kids, will bring his annual Reading Road Trip to the Marshalltown Public Library at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday , with a repeated story time show at 10:15 a.m.
The library's year-round Pokemon trading card league continues this summer from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays At this league, coordinated by volunteers, players bring their own cards and battle each other. Players can also earn free cards by playing.
At 10:30 a.m. on Friday, a special Beginning Reader Blast-Off program will be offered for students finished with kindergarten through second grade and their parent(s) or caregiver. This program will offer a light breakfast, tips about ways to best encourage beginning readers over the summer months, finding "just right" books and more. Parents will be able to ask questions, including talking with a teacher, while kids enjoy a couple fun activities. Each beginning reader who attends will receive a free PBS booklet and "Five Finger Rule" bookmark. Pre-registration is required. The program may be repeated on an evening or Saturday, if enough parents express interest.
More details on any library programs or services, including summer reading programs for teens and adults, can be found on the online calendar on the library's website www.marshalltownlibrary.org or by calling the library at 641-754-5738, extension #3.
Free activities will continue through June and July, including Toddlers & Two's (registration for this program is full for June, but families can register for the waiting list for July), Story time, special performers, trading card league, hands-on science and arts activities and more.