This summer 2409 children between the ages of 0 and 5th grade each read 12 books or for 30 hours to finish our Summer Reading Program! We think that is great given the constraints of our temporary location. (The Teen Zone reports 600 participants in the 6th to 12th grade, and Adult Services had 845 finishers. Grand total 3854 Lawrencians and visitors!)
Remember the Wings of Love program with the beautiful birds, or Reggie Regg and his amazing magic, or Paul Mesner’s puppets? Then there were the Kidsapalooza and Exploratorium clubs, and the Author Pizza Parties! Many thanks to the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department for the use of the Carnegie Building for our larger programs, and for partnering with us again to present Bookworms & Waterbugs at the outdoor Aquatic Center. And to the Watkins Community Museum and the Lawrence Arts Center for their quality programs. Thanks are also due to Freddys Frozen Custard, Cici’s Pizza, and the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library for their generosity in providing coupon prizes for children who finished the program. It was a great community summer.
Storytimes are back in session. Read across Lawrence for Kids is in full swing, with hundreds of kids now enjoying Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm, and related activities all month. (At this time there are still free copies available at the Children’s Desk.) October features two new series to open kids to the world: Multicultural Storytime on Saturday mornings is for all ages. This is a great opportunity to expose you and your children to some of the many languages and cultures that make up Lawrence. Then we’re partnering with KU’s Center for East Asian Studies to bring you a month of Japanese fun hosted by Erica Norikami. These are hands-on activities for ages 7-11 on Wednesday afternoons at 3:30 pm, starting with Japanese Craft Day.
There is never a dull moment at the Library, see you there!