• Summer Reading Program

    Fizz! Boom! Read!

    CPL Summer Reading Program 2014

    The staff at the Colby Public Library announces that the Summer Reading Program 2014 is planned.  Registration, IN PERSON, runs June 6-14 for both the youth and teen programs. The CPL can accommodate hundreds of readers in the reading record program and the teen program. Please note there are limited spots available for story and craft times due to space and time constraints. No phone registrations will be accepted.

    We’re calling all scientists to join us this summer, as the themes are “Fizz, Boom, Read!” for our children’s program ages 3-12, and “Spark a Reaction” for teen readers ages 13-19. Books need to be checked out at the Colby Public Library to be eligible for the program. Reading may begin immediately upon registration.

    The reading record program for ages 3-12 includes both Read-to-Me and Read-Alone children. A reading folder is available at the library. By reading or listening to at least 500 pages and recording them in the folder by Monday, July 21 by 5 p.m., readers will be able to shop in the “Laboratory of Prizes” at the reading finale on Thursday, July 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the Colby Lion’s Shelter. Prizes have been collected through the generosity of many community donors and are on display in the library.

    Readers are encouraged to investigate many books as they read through the eight levels from the Tin Club (500 pages read) up to the Gold Club (2500 pages read). Readers reaching the Gold Club will have their names in the Finale’s “Laboratory of Prizes” drawing container first; then, the names will be put into the bin according to level until the Tin readers are drawn.

    Youth are invited to invent monster artwork for the CPL “Let’s Make a Monster Patch” wall. When registering, a cardboard template will be available for children to design their creature for the patch, which will be displayed when it is returned. Readers bringing back a decorated creature for the patch by July 21 at 5 p.m. earn 100 free pages for their reading folder and a chance to be in a drawing of several “monstery” prizes.

    Pick up a Science Activity Booklet when registering. Complete at least 25 of the 50 activities/experiments, have it signed by a parent or guardian, and return it by Monday, July 21 at 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded at the Summer Reading Finale for scientists successfully finishing a minimum of 25 activities.

    Visit our children’s department to view our newest addition:  an 8 lb., 9 oz. bouncing, baby…monster piñata!  Fill out a slip each time you visit the library to estimate the number of treats in the piñata.  The winner will be the reading program participant to guess closest to the number of treats without going over.  The winner of the piñata will be announced at Reading Finale.

    Thursdays are special days for children at the CPL, as story times and Krafts for Kids times are held. Morgan Huber is returning to run this portion of the summer programming.

    Story times will be June 12, 19, 26 and July 3 for children ages 3-6 at 10:30 a.m. in the City Hall Community Room. Children will join in on some wacky, scientific fun! Stories, games, songs, and a small craft are all part of these exciting mornings. Registration is necessary, as numbers are limited for story times.

    Krafts for Kids will be held on June 12, 19, 26 and July 3 for youth ages 7 and up. The experiments and crafts during this session are more detailed and begin at 1:30 p.m. in the basement of the Colby City Hall. Registration is necessary to allow for ample supplies.

    From noon-5 p.m. on Thursday July 3, we will be making placemats for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Everyone is invited to help us make Thanksgiving placemats, and craft stations will be set up in the Community Room for families or individuals to make one or more. They will be given to the Thanksgiving Community Dinner held at the Colby VFW in November.

    Thursday, July 10 will be an adventurous, exciting day as “The Zinghoppers” will be presenting three shows.  The 10:30 a.m. “Paws to Read” show is geared toward younger readers.  At 1:30 p.m., the “Fizz, Boom, Pow” show on experiments will be geared more toward elementary readers. Finally, at 6:30 p.m., all ages are welcome to come enjoy a “Dance Extravaganza.” All three programs are free to the public. You do not have to be a registered reader in the summer program to attend. As all the shows are different, plan to attend any or all of them.

    Mark your calendars for the Cheese Days Book Sale July 17-19. Movies, books, and CDs for all ages will be sold. Saturday, July 19 is bag day—fill a grocery bag for only $4!

    Monday, July 21 is the final day to record pages, turn in Teen reviews, and bring in any monster creation. Tallying will be completed that night to prepare for the July 24 reading finale at the Colby Lion’s Shelter at 10:30 a.m.

    A display of seven prize packages, including a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Roger’s Cinema movie passes, and Clay Corner Crafting Certificates are located in the Young Adult section of the library for the teen “Spark a Reaction!” reading program. Read a book (or two or twenty), fill out a “Lab Report” for each one, select the prize package desired, turn in your report, and perhaps you will be the winner through a random drawing for that prize. The more you read, the better your chances to win.

    Be sure to observe the themed books under our night sky at the front of the library! You’ll find a great assortment of science-themed books on our Magic School Bus for lots of fun reading discoveries.  Our Monster Patch area is filled to the brim with books about robots, monsters, and other creatures.

    Join us as we explore the science of the sea with our crocheting/knitting “Underwater Adventure!”  Use patterns available in the library to create underwater creatures to be put on display for the summer;  then, in the fall, they will be donated to St. Joseph’s Hospital  pediatric patients.

    “We invite all children ages 3-19 and their families to make summertime reading a priority in 2014. Come into the CPL and see what exciting activities await you,” commented CPL Director, Vicky Calmes.

    Please note:  The “1000 Books Before the End of Kindergarten” program continues all year long for those children too young for the summer reading program.  Questions? Call the CPL at 223-2000 to inquire.

     The Colby Public Library is open for your convenience

    Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.           Tuesday/Thursday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
    Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon.