By TERRI RITTER
Public Relations Coordinator, North Webster Public Library
NORTH WEBSTER — The Youth Department at the North Webster Community Public Library is a busy place this summer with fun activities going on each week. Stop by and pick up a schedule of summer events. It’s a great way to keep the kids entertained and engaged in learning while out of school.
Family Story Time starts next week at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 14. Every Tuesday morning through July 19, children will learn through stories, crafts, and fun about staying healthy and active. Registration is requested, but visitors are always welcome.
The next day it’s Sports BINGO at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, in the Community Center Banquet Hall. Using BINGO cards with sports stuff, kids will have lots of chances to win prizes. No one goes home empty handed, and kids of all ages are welcome to play.
We’re Celebrating Birds when wildlife rehabilitator Maria Waltz presents a program about wild birds at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 16, in the Library Meeting Room. In this program geared for preschool through second grade, children will meet a live red-tailed hawk and eastern screech owl, examine real bird nests, learn through interactive displays, and make a bird craft. The program is limited to 20 children, and pre-registration is required to attend. So don’t delay in signing your child up at the Youth Services Desk or call (574) 834-7122 ext. 202. Next month, Waltz will present a program geared toward older children.
Echo the Therapy Dog will return to the library from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, June 17, and is eager to listen to kids read her stories. Children, ages 5-12, can sign up for a 15 minute reading session with Echo. It’s an excellent way for children to practice their oral reading skills, and Echo doesn’t care if they stumble over words, she just likes the attention. Your child must have an appointment to read to Echo, so contact the Youth Services Department to inquire about available openings.
Kids can stop by any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday, June 17, to attend Make It/Take It Craft Day. The event is in the Youth Department.
If your child is signed up for the Summer Reading Program, be sure they bring their Reading Passports to all the events to get stamped for extra credit toward prizes. There is no registration deadline, but the sooner they get started, the more opportunity they have to earn prizes.
Adults will have the opportunity to tour the Cooks Bison Ranch at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 21. If you haven’t signed up yet, there are still openings available. The tour includes a wagon ride to see and feed the bison herd, an informational video, question/answer session, and opportunity to purchase bison products in the ranch gift shop. The cost is $8 per adult and $6 for seniors 55 and older and children under 12. We will meet in the library parking lot and travel by carpool to the ranch located near Wolcottville in Noble County. Pre-registration is needed. Sign up at the Circulation Desk or call (574) 834-7122 to reserve your spot.