Valley libraries’ summer programs begin

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WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Public Library’s summer reading program starts this week. Events and activities will be held at various times during the summer months at the library, 238 E. Alder St. The programs are free and suitable for all ages.

Beginning today, there will be Super Storytime at 11 a.m. with stories told in English and 6 p.m. for stories told in Spanish. Storytime is a way to introduce children to reading.

On Tuesday at 2 p.m. youth can create a “dig-it dude” to guide summer reading adventures, get signed up for a library card and the summer reading program. There will be a bonus prize for every new library card issued.

“Everyone Has A Story,” a talk by author Arthur Dorros will be held 2 p.m. June 25. Dorros is an award winning bilingual author and family literacy advocate. He will share how he creates stories and show how to create a story.

For more information, call 527-4550 or visit the library.


MILTON-FREEWATER — Author Patrick Carman will be at the Milton-Freewater Public Library, 8 S.W. Eighth Ave., at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, as part of the Libary’s Dig Into Reading summer reading program.

Carman will talk about books and reading and will autograph copies of his books.

A few lucky summer reading club members will win free books at the program. Five readers in each age group will win a free book: “Elliot’s Park” for the youngest group; “Floors” for the middle group; and “Pulse” for the older kids.

Copies of three of Carman’s books will be available for purchase,

Children must be registered for the summer reading program and be present at the program to be eligible to win a book. Registration is now open during regular library hours.

This year’s program will offer weekly activities for three age groups: 4-year-olds through first grade; second through fourth grades; and fifth through eighth grades.

Activities run from June 18 through August 1. The youngest group will meet on Thursdays from 11 a.m.-noon. The middle group will gather on Tuesdays 3:30 -4:30 p.m. The oldest group will get together on Wednesdays, also from 3:30 4:30 in the afternoon.

Rewards will be given to members who reach certain levels in their reading during the summer. Special events will include the Dragon Theatre puppet show from Portland, a Scholastic Book Fair, and a couple of movie nights. Details available at the library.

Library hours are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about summer reading, visit the library or phone 541-938-8247.


TOUCHET — The Touchet Community Library, 161 Hanson Road, has announced some of the summer reading activities for youth to be held at the library. All of the activities are free.

The Reptile Man will appear June 19 with is scaly menagerie as the opener for the “Dig Into Reading” summer program. He will arrive with his reptiles at 6:30 p.m.

On July 17 Mineral Madness will be held 3:30-4:40 p.m.

The Teen Summer Book Club meetings will be at 1 p.m. on third Mondays through August. The first meeting will be June 16. The group will be discussing “Croak” by Gina Damico, the story of a juvenile delinquent who discovers she is a Grim Reaper. Pizza and soda will be provided.

For more information about signing up for summer reading at Touchet Community Libary, call 509-394-2329.

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