Huron Plainsman | Huron Public Library Summer Reading Program

The Huron Public Library’s annual summer reading celebration “For the sake of reading: the rest” begins June 1 and ends July 16. The program is designed for all ages and pets in the family! No registration is required to participate in the program. Due to the pandemic, the program will be both virtual and live programming at the library.

Here is an overview of the activities of Kid’s Korner:

• Birth – third year (entry year fall 2021), fall in love with the joy of reading! Summer 2021 will bring an exploration of reading through crafts, virtual programs and outdoor activities! Reading will give kids the chance to win prizes and fall in love with a new genre, character or series that they have never read before! Join us for an amazing summer of reading!

Registration for the Kid’s Korner Craft Kit begins May 3. The children will register for the whole summer of weekly crafts in one go. Weekly craft videos will be posted on Facebook at HPL Kids’ Korner.

June Highlights
• June 14 – 20 children will have a virtual experience with Didgeridoo Down Under! It is an exciting, motivating and educational adventure on Australia.

The video will be available for seven days on Facebook at HPL Kids’ Korner. Thank the National Council of Young Leaders of Centraide for its financial support for this experience.

The month of June will feature Wacky Wednesday’s, an anecdote about animals and a toy sleepover as well as all the daily virtual activities.

Details are available on Facebook at HPL Kids’ Korner or the monthly calendar on our website or a hard copy at the library.

July Highlights
Daily activities will continue until July 15. Additionally, Kids’ Korner will be hosting Soldier Cards starting July 6. This is an opportunity for children to give to others. This project will be open to all ages.

• From July 6 to 11, children will have a virtual experience with musician Phil Baker. Known for his signature style, red guitar, catchy tunes and heartfelt lyrics, Phil Baker writes and performs music to help children learn something about the world around them. But most of all, he just likes to make children laugh and smile. Phil Baker is from Sioux Falls. Visit his website for a demo of his music.

Tweens and adolescents
The Tween / Teen Department of the Huron Public Library strives to bring the joy of reading to young people in the Huron area. A variety of programs are available to encourage young people to read throughout the summer.

Reading options include:
• Facebook Read Aloud every day of the week at 6.30 p.m.
• Mystery book bags filled with three books and fun surprises. Young people choose a bag from a variety of genres.
• Zoom book clubs are offered to tweens and college youth.
Other activities include:
• Teen Nailed It, teens will receive a theme and decorate a cake to illustrate that theme. The cakes will be posted on Facebook for public votes.
• Tween Making It is intended for students in Grades 4 to 5. They will get a kit from Carry Out and compete against each other to use these items to create a recycled creation.
• Weekly outdoor games are offered for wacky Wednesdays; young people must be ready to get wet!
• A weekly trade is available each of the seven weeks. Teens can log into Facebook for craft instructions.
• Young people are challenged not to make a difference by participating in a weekly service project.
• Young people are encouraged to attend films outdoors.

Please note that these activities require registration. Tween / Teen Librarian Mary Olson strives to meet a variety of learning styles and interests when planning programs. There’s something for everyone at the Huron Public Library.

Pets have the opportunity to be part of the fun of their humans. If your animal is wondering if it is considered a pet, here is the definition from “Wikipedia”: a pet kept for pleasure rather than utility.

Pets must obtain a library card to be part of the summer reading program. They can send their staff… uh, human to sign them up. They get a bookmark with activities to do. When the bookmark is complete, their person returns the bookmark to the library. Their name will be inscribed in a final drawing.

Other options for your household rulers (pets) include biweekly drawings where completed animal bookmarks are entered to win a prize, selfie posts on library Facebook pages, paw prints or traces of your tail.

Adults will have the opportunity to win prizes, attend book clubs, make crafts and attend entertainment programs like family movie night. Customers can pick up their bookmark bundles from June 1. After completing the bookmark tasks, return it to the library for consideration for the designs. All bookmarks must be submitted by Thursday, July 15 at 6 p.m. for the final draw – a chance to win Huron Bucks!

For more information on this service, stop by the Huron Public Library or call 353-8530. You can visit the library webpage or find them on Facebook and Instagram.

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