During the summer, children usually make a splash at the public swimming pool or the beach, but this year’s Newton Public Library is urging children to also “Make a Splash” during the summer reading program.


During the summer, children usually make a splash at the public swimming pool or the beach, but this year’s Newton Public Library is urging children to also “Make a Splash” during the summer reading program.
The theme for both reading programs this year incorporates water with “Make a Splash — Read!” being the theme for children ages 12 and younger while the theme for teens is “Make Waves at Your Library.”
In keeping with the theme, the reading program then will culminate in an Aug. 1 pool party where parents also are welcome. The reading program must be complete by 6 p.m. July 31. Enrollment started May 1, and the program begins June 1.
“It’s important for children to come to the summer reading program to continue their reading skills during the summer,” said Amy Bayes, head supervisor of the children’s services area.
Besides motivating youth to read, there will be free activities, including storytimes, Wednesday Workshops, family time, gaming Mondays, movies and crafts. Everything is free.
Storytimes and Wednesday Workshops are full, but the library is taking names for a waiting list, Bayes said. The workshops are for children ages 8 through 11 and will be at 10:30 a.m. during six Wednesdays in June and July. Programs include the Roving Imp Theatre Troup on June 2 and a visit from the Great Plains Nature Center on June 30.
Storytimes are for children ages 6 months through 8 years old, meet at a variety of times and are organized in three age groups.
Splish Splash Family Time Fun is at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Bessmer Meeting Room. No enrollment is required, and each program is about 45 minutes long. The schedule is as follows:
• June 2 — Roving Imp Theatre
• June 9 — Magician Keith Leff
• June 16 — Barn Yard Puppet Theatre
• June 23 — Rolling Hills Animal Preserve
• June 30 — Great Plains Nature Center animals
• July 7 — Meet storyteller Jo Ho
• July 14 — Juggler Jason Huneke
• July 21 — Ventriloquist Kevin Horner
• July 28 — Barnyard Puppet Theatre
The reading program for children 12 and younger is divided into three programs, from any of which they can choose:
• Fidgety Fish — Children who read on their own can read 20 books and receive an invitation to the pool party; read 40 books and choose a prize from the mystery box; and/or read 60 books and be entered in a drawing for a library T-shirt.
• Jumpking Jellyfish — 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 Sharks — Children who are reading chapter books can read 12 hours and receive an invitation to the pool party; read 24 hours and choose a prize from the mystery box; and read 36 hours and be entered in a drawing for a library T-shirt.

Teens

“We’re still doing the reading, and they can win T-shirts and movie tickets and gift certificates,” said Angie Vogelman, youth services assistant supervisor, about the reading program for youth ages 13 through 18.
Gift certificates have been donated by Pages and Wal-Mart.
The teen reading program offers the following choices:
• Shark Bait — Read 1,000 pages and get invited to the pool party
• Hang Ten — Read 2,500 pages and get invited to the pool party and get one entry into the grand-prize drawing
• Big Kahuna — Read 5,000 pages and get invited to the pool party and get two entries in the grand-prize drawing
In addition to the reading program, teens will have the opportunity to take part in Gaming Mondays, Movies and More Saturdays, and Thrilling Thursdays. Teens don’t have to sign up for any of the activities — just the reading program, Vogelman said.
Gaming Mondays will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays in the library’s Bessmer Meeting Room. Teens can play on the Wii, use their library cards to get on the laptops or take part in Yu-Gi-Oh Dueling.
Movies and More Saturdays will be from 3 to 5 pm. Saturdays in the Bessmer Meeting Room starting June 5 when “Old Dogs” will show. Other movies offered are: “Free Willy — Escape from Pirates Cove” on June 12; “Where the Wild Things Are” on June 19; “Planet 51” on June 26; “Alice in Wonderland” on July 10; “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” on July 17; and “Anime: Yu-Gi-Oh” on July 24.
Thrilling Thursdays will kick off with a Summer Reading “Float” party. Those ages 10 and older will be treated to root beer floats and get to decorate the sidewalks near the library.
Thrilling Thursdays will encompass gaming and crafts, and those attending can do both or either, Vogelman said. It meets from 6 to 8 p.m. The Thrilling Thursdays schedule is:
• June 10 — Friendship bracelets
• June 17 — Reverse Tie-Dye. Those attending supply the colored garment, and the library supplies the dye. Bring what you want to dye, including a T-shirt, socks or other items. The best colors to dye are darks or brights
• June 24 — Creating Video Games. Trent Rose will get attendees started
• July 8 — Book Bingo. Play bingo for books, pool passes and other prizes
• July 15 — Ductigami. Make your own flip-flops.
• July 22 — Quiz Bowl. Test your knowledge about water

Sponsors

Sponsors of the reading program include Friends of the Library, Bessmer Foundation, Mary Lou Hoberecht, Wendy’s, Family Video, Mitchell 8 Theatres and Wal-Mart.