NORTH WEBSTER — Experience world class balloon entertainment when professional balloon artists Brian and Christina Getz perform their balloon show at North Webster Community Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 23.
High energy balloon sculpting, humor and stories are all part of this youth summer discovery event; plus each child will learn how to make their own balloon animal to take home.
Later that afternoon, starting at 4 p.m., therapy dog Irish from Special O.P.S. K-9 Academy will be available for private 15-minute reading sessions with kids. The reading sessions are by appointment only and can be scheduled by contacting the youth services desk. Monday morning and afternoon sessions are also available with therapy dogs Suzie and Mindy.
Ashely Mettham from The Dog House teaches kids about dog care during Local Tales presentation 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 24, followed by a family movie matinee at 2 p.m. Showing is a family fantasy film about a 12-year-old girl who discovers a mermaid friend when she is sent away to live with her father and grumpy grandfather in a small fishing village. The movie is rated G and runs 92 minutes. Free snacks are provided.
The week wraps up with Make-It/Take-It Craft day on Friday, June 25. Kids are invited to stop in the youth department anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to make an alligator craft or take it home to complete.
Children and teens can continue to sign up for summer reading clubs and earn prizes for reading. Prizes are awarded to children for every four hours of reading completed while teens must read five hours to earn prizes. Studies have shown that kids who continue to read experience less learning loss over the summer and are better prepared to start school in the fall.
The library will close early at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, for the Mermaid Festival Cutie Parade.