Summer Reading Program 2017

Summer Reading Program 2017

Build a Better World!

Registration: June 1-8 (in person only at the library–no phone calls!)

Build Better Reading Skills

The reading record program for ages 3-12 includes both Read-to-Me and Read-Alone children.  Readers recording a minimum of 500 pages are guaranteed a trek into the “Tool Box of Prizes” to select a prize of their choice at the reading finale on Thursday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the Colby Lion’s Shelter.  The “Tool Box of Prizes” is set up in the library so children can see what awesome gifts were donated by area businesses and families.  The prizes will all be transported to the Lions Shelter for the Finale.   (Note:  The Finale is at the Lion’s Shelter; all other summer events are at the Colby Public Library/Community Room.)

A display of nine prize packages, including a NOOK, Target gift cards, and Rogers Cinema movie passes, are located in the Young Adult section for the teen reading program.  Read books and fill out teen book reviews for chances to win.

For those under the age of three, the CPL offers year-round 1000, 2000, 3000, and 4000 Books B4 the End of Kindergarten programs.  Prizes are offered at the completion of each 100 book level.

                                                            Build Creativity

Registered summer readers are encouraged to guess How  Many LEGOS? it took to build the LEGO Village in our children’s section.  There is a limit of one guess per day.   Winners of the “LEGO” guessing contest may select one of the creations at the finale.

Design and create a building for our Neighborhood of Readers wall.  Start with a plain white paper bag and use your imagination to construct a building.  Readers bringing back a decorated building for the wall earn 100 free pages.

Build a Better World Activity Booklets will keep readers busy this summer.  Complete 30 activities throughout the summer to earn a prize bag at the Finale.

Build Entertainment on Thursdays

We kick off our six-week program on Thursday, June 8 at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. with entertainer David Landau’s musical talents. He will be Building Music and Laughter for kids and adults of all ages.

Story Times will take place this summer on two Thursdays:  June 15 (Build It) and June 29 (Build a Better You).  Children ages 3-6 may join Ms. Becky at 10:30 a.m. for stories, songs, activities and crafts. Pre-registration is necessary.

Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. will bring opportunities for all ages:  June 15 is Build LEGO Hour, June 29 is the ShowCase Players Get in the Act workshop for budding youth actors and actresses, and July 20 is Popcorn and Movie Night.  “Rock Dog” will be the movie shown.


From 1-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 6, a Build a Better Community Craft-a-Thon for children and their families will be held to create crafts for the community.  Design Thanksgiving placemats for the Community Dinner, decorate grocery bags for the Friends of the CPL Cheese Days Book/Movie Sale, and create Hobbit House table favors for St. Joseph Hospital home meal deliveries.  Hundreds of items are needed, so please consider joining in this service project.

The Traveling Lantern Theater Group’s play, The Ribbles Build a Residence, will be performed Thursday, June 22 at 10:30 and 6:30 p.m.  There is no charge to see this fun show by professional actors, and it will appeal to all ages.

Monday, July 24 by 5 p.m. is the final day to record pages, turn in teen book reviews and activity booklets, and bring in a decorated building.

Build a Playhouse?

Yes we did!  The ShowCase Players (SCP), our local theatre group, has constructed a SCP Playhouse in the library.  You won’t miss it, and everyone is encouraged to spend some time in the house playing, reading, acting, putting on a puppet show, or simply using their imaginations.


Build Community

Director Vicky Calmes reminds people, “Don’t forget to register in person June 1-8 for a summer of reading fun.  The Colby Public Library has designed programs to help beat summer boredom AND maintain reading levels during vacation from school.  The Build a Better World theme is ideal this year with the construction of the new Colby Community Library going on.  We hope both children and adults join and support the community events we are offering.”

Schedules with all the summer reading program events/dates/times are available at the circulation desk.  The Colby Public Library is open M/W/F from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; TU/TH from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and SA from 9 a.m.-noon.  Call the library at 715-223-2000 for more information.