Friday, May 30, 2014

Science at the Library!

Science is the theme for Summer Reading this year, and there will be programs for all ages to enjoy!

Sign-ups for all programs begin June 1. The Read-To-Me Club is for children ages one to five years old and their families. Small rewards are provided for the children whose families read to them. Toddlertime will continue at the library during the summer, June 3 – August 7. Toddlertime is at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Children ages 6-12 can earn a Fizz! Boom! Read! t-shirt by setting a reading goal for the summer and keeping track of the titles they read. When that goal is reached a t-shirt is awarded. Programs for all ages happen in Literacy Park every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. beginning on June 18 with comedy, juggling and physics from Jugglemaniac Rhys Thomas. Sponsorship for these programs comes from Umpqua Bank, Newport Public Library Foundation, Ross and Janis Neigebauer, Jeannette Hofer, Linda Yapp, an Oregon Legislature Ready-To-Read Grant from the Oregon State Library (including additional funding from the Lincoln County Library District), Sylvia Beach Hotel and La Quinta Inn and Suites.

For our teens, ages 12-18, we have an 8-week Teen Summer Reading Program, Spark A Reaction. Teens sign up starting June 1, and track their reading or volunteer hours weekly. Based on their reading logs and volunteers hours they will receive raffle tickets for weekly prizes. Each month we host a different program, free! All supplies and food and drink are available at the programs. We do ask that interested teens register ahead, as we do often fill up and have a limit of 30-40, depending on the program. On June 19 we kick off the summer with “Catapults and Contraptions." For the month of July our program will involve making mazes and running races for very small robots. We finish up in August with henna artist Lyn Getner and henna designs and instruction for all who sign up.

The Library will also be holding a summer reading program, Literary Elements, just for adults.  (Parents, this is a great opportunity to model positive reading habits to your children!) Stop by the library to sign up and get a reading log. For every book (or ebook or audiobook) you complete, fill out a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of twelve weekly prize drawings. There will be three science-themed evening events for adults. On Tuesday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m., come see The Oregon Fossil Guy, a.k.a., Guy DiTorrice, share his knowledge of the fossils found here on the Oregon Coast. July 26 Randy Reid of the Good Heathens brew club will teach us how to get started on making our very own homebrew. On August 26, sit back and munch on popcorn while watching 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubric’s 1968 classic movie on humanity’s struggle with technology.

Sign-up and schedule information for all programs is available by calling the library, 541-265-2153, or online at

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