Public libraries host summer activities for kids, families

Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2009

JUNEAU — There are many activities for kids and families at the public libraries this summer. Activities at the three public libraries are free and open to the public.


The summer reading program includes a reading game which people can play in paper or online. Visit for more information. Children may enter a drawing for prizes donated by local businesses by writing a book review. Libraries will give out six prizes each week, two at each public library. The libraries want to know what books readers recommend.

Stories with crafts are a hit with all ages as kids explore illustration and art materials. In July, we are looking forward to stories and crafts about masks, sea creatures, quilts and weaving.

Toddlers have their own storytimes with songs and finger-plays on Mondays, both at the downtown and Mendenhall Valley libraries.

For kids in grade three to five, the “I Love to Read” Reader’s Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays in July at the downtown library. There are five weeks of shared reading and fun activities. No pre-registration is necessary. Call MJ Grande at 586-5303 for more information.

For grades six to eight, there is a reader’s theater group, “Stories Alive,” which meets at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday in July at the downtown library. The class was inspired by Bruce Coville’s visit to the library last April. Check out some of Coville’s “Full Cast Audios” at the library. Attend the first meeting to register. For more information, call Carol at 209-9297.

Kids and families are welcome to attend an evening of games from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 18, and Aug. 8 at the downtown library. Pizza, drinks, a Wii and wireless for laptops will be available. Computer timers will be turned off. Participants can bring cards, board games and own laptops or games.

Family Movie and Craft Night takes place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, and Aug. 5 at the Douglas library. For information and title of the movie, call Amelia at 586-5303.

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