By Tara Mathews
HOWARD LAKE, MN The Howard Lake Library has many events planned to keep students and their families busy and reading during summer break.
“Studies have shown that children lose up to 25 percent of their vocabulary if they’re not reading during summer break,” Howard Lake librarian Deb Cox-Johnson said. “The library provides a fun way for children to keep their literacy skills high during summer months.”
There is a summer reading program through the Great River Regional Library (GRRL) system that is meant to encourage children to read through the summer.
The program, which begins in June and ends in August, has activities for three levels of reading, children 0 to 3 years, 4 to 12 years, and teens.
To participate in the summer reading program, students sign up with their local library, and log the hours they spend reading or doing reading-related activities for prizes.
There are events and experiments that are included in the program, which students can relate to recent books they’ve read or topics of interest.
Events planned for this summer include:
• “The Big Ice Cream Giveaway,” a six-day event, June 8 through 13, at which children can receive a coupon for a free ice cream treat from Howard Lake Drug by signing up for the library’s summer reading program.
• Summer Storytime, a weekly event which takes place Fridays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., June 12 through Aug. 7. Parents and their preschool-age children can participate in reading stories, singing songs, fingerplay, and crafts. The theme for this summer will be, “Read to the Rhythm.”
• There are three “Read to a Dog” events scheduled, Saturday, June 13, Saturday, July 25, and Saturday, Aug. 22 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It is a “drop-in” event where children can read to Reading Education Assistance Dogs.
• Singer/songwriter Paul Spring will perform a collection of songs prior to the summer reading program kick-off, Wednesday, June 17 from 2 to 3 p.m.
• A summer reading program kick-off party will take place Wednesday, June 17 from 3 to 4 p.m.
• Minnesota author Nikki Rajala will perform songs, make crafts, and teach children about the work of a French Canadian voyageur at an event geared toward children ages 8 to 12, Tuesday, June 23 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
• “Rhythm and Blue Jays” will blend storytelling, singing, and hands-on activities for preschool and school-aged children Monday, June 29 from 3 to 4 p.m.
• Artist Jen Anfinson will be hosting a leather bracelet workshop Wednesday, July 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. The event is designed for teens and adults.
• “Kidpower!” with Rachael Kroog is a guitar, comedy, cartoon impressions, and juggling act geared toward the whole family that will take place Wednesday, July 15 from 2 to 3 p.m.
• Frog Symphony is an event that includes storytelling and imitating frog sounds using homemade instruments. The event, which is designed for children 3 to 5 years old, will take place Tuesday, July 21 from 4 to 5 p.m.
• Author, illustrator, and cartoonist Gary Harbo will host a beginning manga art lesson at which school-aged children can learn to draw and illustrate, Wednesday, July 29.
The Howard Lake Library is located at 617 6th Avenue. Those interested in more information can call the librarian, Deborah Cox-Johnson at (320) 543-2020, or follow the link at www.herald-journal.com.
HL Library hours
The Howard Lake Library is open Monday through Saturday all summer. The hours vary daily:
• Mondays, 2 to 8 p.m.;
• Tuesdays, 2 to 6 p.m.;
• Wednesdays, 2 to 8 p.m.;
• Thursdays, 3 to 6 p.m.;
• Fridays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 3 to 6 p.m.;
• Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.