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Summer Reading Program Wrap UP

Summer Reading Program Wrap UP

We had a great time this July at the library for the annual Summer Reading Program, "A Universe of Stories." The Brownsville Community Library hosted this free event for kids of all ages to come learn, play and grow with over 45 attendees each week in July. Every child in attendance received a free book and a weekly age appropriate event that encourages reading throughout the summer. The younger crowd started each week with a story time that included reading several books and singing a few songs. 


As usual, our kick-off event was held during Pioneer Picnic. Noah McLain Philpot engaged the crowd with magic, laughter and fun, as he used the art of puppetry to tell us stories with his trusty companion, Fooble the Dragon. 


Week one, our younger crowd all ventured out behind the library to create a time-capsule poster to be put up for 3-5 years and pulled out during a future Summer Reading Program. Our older kids spent their time with Melissa Selby, learning all about bees and planted a sunflower to take home.


During our second weekly gathering together, teacher Carolyn Jackson taught the class about agriculture, with an emphasis on John Deere who invented the plow! The older kids spent their time creating different kinds of slime with Katie Vanderstelt, who provided several different recipes using common household ingredients like glue, cornstarch and glitter to concoct colorful, textured, eewy gewy slime.


Our third week the presentation was put on by Mia Jackson, Outreach Coordinator of the Museum of Natural & Cultural History at the University of Oregon. There were several hands on activities offered both indoors and outdoors. A few of the activities included ‘Your weight on the moon,’ ‘Building with balance,’ and ‘Energy powers our world.’ All the activities were related to our program theme ‘Universe if stories. This much enjoyed event was paid for by the Brownsville Women’s Study Club. 


The last week together, our preschool and younger children created junk art journals and treasures. These kids created some really fun things out of common recycling items including journals, backpacks, instruments and keepsake boxes. The older group created their own comics, and made projects involving their favorite superheroes.


This program has been offered by The Brownsville Community Library for over a decade. We have already began planning and look forward to next years program!