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Dinosaurs, gnomes, books help kids 'Dig into Reading!'

12:50 PM, Jul. 30, 2013  |  Comments
Logan Loppnow, 4, plays with dinosaur puppets he used to present a show for his family on July 25.
Logan Loppnow, 4, plays with dinosaur puppets he used to present a show for his family on July 25.
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Celebrating all things underground, T.B. Scott Free Library just successfully completed its lineup of children's events and activities highlighting the 2013 nationwide theme, "Dig into Reading!"

Hundreds of children visited T.B. Scott Free Library to "Dig into Reading!" during June and July. Many were brought by parents or grandparents. Others came with group leaders from daycares, Park and Recreation Department playgrounds, and MAPS summer school.

Dinosaur Den

Each summer, an indoor playhouse reflecting the summer theme is built by painting cardboard and attaching it to a sturdy frame. This year children played with puppets and puzzles in the Dinosaur Den. Letting their imaginations soar, many made up puppet shows and presented them through the windows to friends or family.

Digging done, treasure found

Following the 2013 national summer library theme, "Dig into Reading," young readers and listeners were challenged to dig into the library's collections to uncover a wealth of fun and information.

Ongoing library activities and events encouraged children to stay immersed in reading and learning throughout the summer. Our goal is for children to return to school in the fall at the same level as or higher than when they left in spring.

Reading incentives

Summer readers had plenty of incentives to challenge them and make reading more fun. Local businesses donated hundreds of prize certificates for ice cream, pizza, bowling, and more. The Friends of the Library supported the summer programs with books, book bags, toys and other novelties that summer readers could earn by reading. Three hundred eighty children participated in T.B. Scott Free Library's reading club during June and July.

Teen volunteers

The assistance of summer volunteers is vital at T.B. Scott Free Library. Ranging from middle school to college age, 28 youth volunteers assisted staff by listening to children talk about their reading and then supervising the prize wheel and selection of prizes. Volunteers also helped facilitate the Preschool Peanut Butter Picnic and the craft event that wrapped up "Dig into Reading!" on July 31.

Enriching family fun

Looking for a family adventure before school resumes? Reading program participants each received a pack of passes, including a one-day family pass from the Department of Natural Resources to Council Grounds or another state park. Parents, be sure to check expiration dates on all passes and coupons, including those for Hardee's, Pizza Hut, Lincoln Lanes and other DNR passes.

Come to the library in August and check out some "Scott-free" fun. The staff can help you find movies, computer games, and learning games, as well as books and audio books. Be sure to stop at the Do-It-Yourself table for some activity sheets and to make a Guessing Jar entry.

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