June has finally arrived, and we are excited to announce that we are expanding our Summer Reading Program (SRP) activities this year! This year’s nationwide Summer Reading theme is “Libraries Rock,” and the majority of our summer programming will center around music and the arts.
For kids, the special star of SRP will be Pete the Cat. Pete the Cat is the purrrfectly rocking creation of artist and children’s author James Dean. Keep an eye out for groovy storytime themes, educational scavenger hunts, rewards for time spent reading or being read to by a caregiver, and much more in the weeks ahead. There are activities for kids of all ages. There will be a special sign-up day for children ages 0-15 on Saturday, June 23, from 3:00—5:30pm. Miss Linda will be on available to hand out a special sign-up packet that includes a Pete The Cat book bag, reading log, bingo card, book mark, and special prize. Stop by and pick up our new brochures about programming and get answers any general questions about the Summer Reading Program or youth programming in general. Refreshments will be served.
For adults and teens ages 16 and up, the primary activity of our first-ever SRP for this age group is our Summer Reading Bingo contest. Participants can pick up and turn in up to one bingo card per person, per week. Read or listen to a book or other material, such as a magazine, that fits the description on a reading bingo square to fill it in. One-line bingos earn you an entry in a drawing to win a huge array of prizes, including local art, award-nominated books, tickets to local theater performances, and gift certificates to local businesses. Turn in a bingo card with a blackout (all squares filled in) and you will earn an entry for our grand-prize drawing—a new Kindle Fire tablet. The prize drawings for adults and teens will take place on August 20, so participants have plenty of time to plan their reading lists and work on their bingo cards.
Our official partner for Summer Reading Bingo 2018 is Forecastle Books, and the following community groups and businesses have generously donated prizes for this year’s event:
- The Chetco Pelican Players
- Pelican Bay Art Association
- Soroptimist Brookings
In addition to Reading Bingo, we will also have special music and the arts-themed events throughout the summer, including concerts and poetry slams.
We have created a special page on the library website where you can find full details on the Summer Reading Programs for both kids and adults, browse recommended summer reading lists, download and print extra reading logs and reading bingo cards, and view or print calendars of our special summer activities. You can find our online Summer Reading Portal at chetcolibrary.org/SRP.
Regular Kids Programming
Story Time for Toddlers/Preschoolers. Story time takes place every Wednesday morning at 10:30am with Miss Linda, followed by a simple craft activity. June’s story time theme is “Weather of our World.”
STEAM 1 for Elementary and Middle Schoolers. Join Miss Linda every Thursday afternoon at 3:30 for crafts and projects focused on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. STEAM 1 is recommended for kids and tweens ages 7 and up.
New Youth Programming to Launch at the End of June
Miss Linda is also excited to announce that beginning the week of June 25, the Youth Services department will be launching three brand new programs for young people:
“Makerspace.” Explore everything creative and science minded with our new Maker Space Cart. It’s free-style learning at its best, allowing kids to build, craft and create with the different elements that Miss Linda will have on hand. The Maker Space Cart will be available, in the youth area by Miss Linda’s office, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00am to 12:00pm.
“Robotic Fundamentals.” Geared for youth ages twelve and up, this easy-to-learn introductory program will teach teens to use microcontroller kits to discover engineering, computer programming, and software fundamentals. This program will run every Wednesday from 3:00 to 5:00pm.
“Legos for Little Ones.” This creation-centered program will begin on Friday, June 29th, from 10:30am to 12:00pm and will run every Friday from then on. Come join us for all types of Lego fun. This program is designed for children ages two to six.
“Creation Station Saturdays.” We’re going all out on Saturday afternoons by combining our love of Legos with our Maker Space Cart. Stop by and see what Miss Linda has in store for you on this fun, creative afternoon. Running from 3:30 to 5:30p, kids can explore everything on the Maker Space Cart as well as build creative, original thingamajigs with Legos. This program is open to kids of all ages.
June 8, 6:00-8:00pm. “Frankie C and Tom Poole in concert.” Join critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and local favorite Frank John Colli (“Frankie C”) and multiple GRAMMY®-winning trumpet player Tom Poole for an evening of songs, stories and celebration of the unforgettable music of the 60’s and 70’s. Tom is a legend in the industry and has played with Boz Scaggs, Greg Allman, Bobby Womack, Billy Preston, Etta James, Van Morrison, The Temptations and Ella Fitzgerald. The concert will be held in the Chetco Library’s large meeting room, 405 Alder Street, Brookings. Admission is free. This program is made possible by the Friends of the Chetco Library.
June 16, 3:00-5:00pm. “Community Poetry Slam.” Back by popular demand, the library is teaming up with the volunteers at KCIW to host another Community Poetry Slam! Do you love to write or listen to poetry? Come celebrate the beauty of the written and spoken word at our Summer Community Poetry Slam! Performers may bring their own poetry or recite a poem by their favorite poet. There will be divisions for both youth and adults at this free event. Sign up to perform at the door—performers have a chance to win poetry-themed door prizes!
Circulation Desk: We will be highlighting our Summer Reading Program this month. Patrons can browse a selection of recommended titles and pick up a list with suggestions to help fill out their Reading Bingo Cards.
Lobby Display Case: This month, the library’s children’s department has a display titled “Our Library World,” which features artwork and projects created by children during the library’s Story Time, After-School Crafts, and STEAM programs.
Large Meeting Room: Artists Jay Mosby, Audi Stanton, Les Cornish, and John Gehl are teaming up to assemble a display of paintings titled “Images of Brookings.”
New On the Shelf: Fiction
The Outsider, by Stephen King. A standard police investigation into the assault and murder of a young boy takes a supernatural turn in the latest tale from the nation’s Master of Horror.
Campaign Widows, by Aimee Agresti. A young woman’s American Dream is hilariously upended when her fiancé hits the road to help with a candidate’s presidential campaign.
Beach House Reunion, by Mary Alice Monroe. The Rutledge family is back for the third installment of Monroe’s heartwarming Beach House series.
New On the Shelf: Nonfiction
Robin, by Dave Itzkoff. Itzkoff’s new biography paints a riveting portrait of the struggles and triumphs of the late comedian Robin Williams.
Frenemies, by Ken Auletta. Auletta explores the digital revolution’s effects on the advertising business.
What the Eyes Don’t See, by Mona Hanna-Attisha. A first-hand account of the water quality crisis that recently ravaged the community of Flint, Michigan.
June 8: Staff Training
The library will open at reduced hours, from noon to 6:00pm, to allow for a staff training session on the morning of June 8.