When parents hear the typical summer chant of children — “I’m bored!” — they can whisk their kids over to Newton Public Library, which is offering a plethora of activities this summer.

Youth through age 18, as well as entire families, can take part in some kind of activity through the library this summer, without breaking the bank.

“It’s an inexpensive way to entertain and educate children for the summer,” said Amy Bayes, head supervisor of the children’s services area.

There will be reading programs, story times, a pool party, gaming Mondays, movies and programs. The program runs from Monday through Aug. 2.

The theme for the reading program for youth up to age 12 this year is “Be Creative” while the theme for young adults is “Express Yourself@Your Library.”

The reading program must be completed by 6 p.m. Aug. 1 and is free.

For more information, call the library at 283-2890. Enrollment began May 1.

Last year, 1,400 children enrolled in the reading program for the younger folks, with 1,086 finishing. In the reading program for the young adults, 107 enrolled and 26 finished. A total of 115,000 pages were read in the young adult program.

‘Be Creative’

Children through age 12 can choose the following reading programs:

• Creative Kids — Children who can read on their own can read 20 books and receive and invitation to the pool party; read 40 books and choose a prize from the mystery box; and read 60 books and be entered in a drawing for a library T-shirt.

• Star Readers — Children who do not read yet can listen to 20 books and receive an invitation to the pool party; listen to 40 books and choose a prize from the mystery box; and listen to 60 books and be entered in a drawing for a library T-shirt.

• Reading artists — Children who are reading chapter books can read 12 hours and receive an invitation to the pool party; read 24 books and choose a prize from the mystery box; and read 36 hours and be entered in a drawing for a library T-shirt.

The pool party will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Newton Municipal Pool. Parents are welcome.

In addition to the reading program, youth will be offered story times and be able to participate in The Imagination Station. All sessions are full, but the library is taking names on a waiting list.

Youth ages 9 through 12 will be able to get creative at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays through July 22 (except July 8). Each program is free and will last about 45 minutes. Enrollment is required, and some programs have a number limit. The following are the programs:

• June 3 — Environmental art with the Mad Scientists.

• June 10 — Craft Day with Harvey County 4-H’ers.

• June 17 — Great Plains Nature Center.

• June 24 — Sedgwick County Zoo.

• July 1 — Program by the library’s resident artist Susan Bartel.

• July 15 — Explore the art of being a crime scene investigator with Exploration Place.

• July 22 — Learn the craft of balloon twisting, juggling and more with a clown.

Family time

Also as part of the “Be Creative” program are free programs for the family at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Bessmer Meeting Room. No enrollment is required. Programs are:

• June 3 — Discover the art of science with the Mad Scientists.

• June 10 — Magician and ventriloquist Mike Niehaus.

• June 17 — Magician Chris Starr.

• June 24 — Barnyard Puppet Theatre.

• July 1 — Jay and Leslie Juggling Team.

• July 8 — Kansas Cosmosphere.

• July 15 — Exploration Place.

• July 22 — Big Red Clown.

• July 29 — Barnyard Puppet Theatre.

‘Express Yourself

@Your Library’

The young adult summer reading program offers the following choices:

• The Apprentice — Read 1,000 pages and get invited to the pool party.

• The Master — Read 2,500 pages, get invited to the pool party and get an entry into the grand prize drawing.

• The Star — Read 5,000 pages or more and get invited to the pool party and have two entries in the grand-prize drawing.

Prizes include T-shirts, movie tickets and gift cards.

Gaming Mondays also will be offered for young adults. This will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays in the Bessmer Meeting Room. Young adults will be able to play Wii and use their library card to get on laptops. There also will be Yu-Gi-Oh Dueling. Last fall, the library acquired a Wii system, and that will be continued into the summer, said Angela Vogelman, youth services assistant supervisor.

This age group also will be treated to movies from 3 to 5 p.m. most Saturdays from June 6 through July 25. At that time, laptops will be set up for attendees to work on art projects and transform book covers with Publisher.

Teens also can take part in “Express Yourself” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays June 4 through July 23. Youth can take part in art activities and play games. No sign-up is required. Art projects will include decorating book bags, and making hemp jewelry, ductigami, flag key chains, drawing and friendship bracelets.

Contributions

Sponsors of the reading program include Friends of the Library, Bessmer Foundation and Mary Lou Hoberecht.