Inspiring and supporting lifelong learning and the love of reading

The big solar eclipse is happening on August 21. If you don't have a pair of solar glasses, try making this handy pinhole camera for a safe view of the action. The attached document is all set to print with instructions as well.

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Congratulations to our kids' summer reading grand prize winners! All winners have been contacted by phone.

1. Bloxels – Aidan P.
2. Sing Set -  Noah B.
3. Outdoor Fun – Brody V.
4. Art Set – Greta G.
5. Game Night – Kaashvi K.
6. Star Wars Legos – Bennett S.
7. Stik Bots Set – Drew D.
8. Play-Doh Pack – Sophia D.
9. Paw Patrol – Audrey P.
10. Star Wars Pack – Clementine Y.
11. Juggling Balls - Marissa G., Claire L. and Lily H. (added prizes courtesy of juggler Truly Remarkable Loon)
 
Thanks for reading with us this summer!
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One of the best times of the year is here--the library's summer reading program! Keep your children's minds engaged all summer by participating in Build a Better World--an eight week program where reading at home meets awesome activities at the library. Reading throughout the summer helps prevent summer reading loss, and the library is your partner to help keep reading fun.

The kids' program is for children ages three through entering grade 5. Sign up at either location to pick up the first reading card. Cards can be turned in starting June 12 and continuing through August 4. Kids will earn entries into the grand prize drawing plus a coupon from a local business when cards 1, 3, and 5 are turned in, and a prize from the treasure box when cards 2, 4 and 6 are turned in. Card 7 earns each reader a free book, and card 8 earns either a book or toy prize plus a certificate.

To help us Build a Better World, hours of reading this summer are going to be tallied to help raise money for Habitat for Humanity. Our goal is 25,000 hours of reading, and that will enable us to give a $1,000 donation with the support of FOLKS (Friends of the Library), Vanderloop Shoes and Ecovalley Landscaping. All that extra reading builds brains and will also help repair houses next summer at Rock the Block in Kimberly and Little Chute.

We also have a great line-up of Wednesday events for the entire family. Here is a quick overview:

  • 6/14 - Bubble Wonders at 10:30AM & 1:30PM in Little Chute
  • 6/21 - Nature's Niche Live Animals at 10:30AM & 1:30PM in Little Chute
  • 6/28 - Mad Science Show at 10:30AM & 1:30PM in Kimberly
  • 7/5 - LEGO Batman Movie at 1:30PM in Kimberly
  • 7/12 - Duke Otherwise Musical Show at 10:30AM in Little Chute
  • 7/19 - Daryl Roger's Magic Show at 10:30AM in Little Chute
  • 7/26 - Rockin' with Leonardo at 10:30AM in Kimberly
  • 8/2 - Truly Remarkable Loon Juggling Show at 10:30AM in Kimberly

We also have many Friday events:

  • 6/16 - Build to the Sky Paper Sculpture Workshop at 10:30AM in Little Chute
  • 7/7 - Michelle's Magical Poodles Show at 10:30AM in Kimberly
  • 8/4 - Make and Take Crafts with The Learning Shop at 10:30AM in Kimberly
  • Build with Bricks and Blocks on 6/23 & 7/21 at Kimberly and 6/30 & 7/14 in Little Chute from 10:30AM - Noon

We even have a special Tuesday show on June 27 in Kimberly called Animals are Builders, Too where kids can learn about animal architects and create a 3D paper spider web with artist Mary Tooley.

Build a Better World and a better reader this summer! See you soon!

Summertime is a perfect time for reading--especially as a participant in the library's teen summer reading program. Besides all the great new books to discover, you can earn fun prizes as well as chances to win a grand prize. Our theme is Build a Better World, and teen reading hours will be tallied up as part of the library's goal to have 25,000 hours of reading completed by the community. If the goal is reached, then a donation will be made to support Habitat for Humanity, so your hours of reading will be beneficial to you and also help the community!

Here are some fun teen programs just for students entering grades 6-12:

  • June 20 at 1:30PM in Kimberly - Pet Plants: learn about succulents and make a little home for your very own
  • June 26 at 1PM in Little Chute - High School Street Art Stenciling Workshop: learn how to create and use stencils. Open to students in grades 9-12, and registration is required--call 788-7825.
  • July 11 at 1PM in Kimberly - Aubree's Blankets for Veterans: create a tie blanket for veterans
  • July 17 at 1PM in Little Chute - Teen Movie and Pizza
  • July 31 at 1:30PM in Little Chute - Kahoot Teen Trivia: bring a smartphone or tablet for fun trivia

The summer reading program runs June 12-August 4. Registration begins on May 30, so stop by either location to pick up your reading booklet. Read and help Build a Better World!

Wondering what to read next or what to look forward to? Check out this list from Pop Crush and get your reading list ready for summer and beyond.

The classic picture book The Story of Ferdinand is getting the big screen treatment. The peaceful bull is voiced by WWE legend John Cena, who says, "People think he's a fighter because he's a big bull. Sound familiar?"

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Our artist-in-residence, Stephanine LH Harvey, presents this special art workshop for middle schoolers. Roll up your sleeves and have fun while learning more about one of the most mysterious art forms around during this Little Chute Spring Break special event. Learning history of street art is just the start of getting immersed in the world of easily accessible art.  Learn how to create and use stencils. There really are endless possibilities for sharing and showing your art with the world. Open to students in sixth, seventh, and eight grade. Registration is required. Sign-up begins March 1. Call 788-7825.

Basketball may be on your mind in March, but there is another kind of activity that kids can take part in: March BOOK Madness! Great books are paired against each other to see which title comes out on top. What a fun way to get kids engaged in reading! Kids can vote and help their favorite books make it to the finals. There is a picture book category, a middle grade category, and even one for teens. Check out March Book Madness to see the contenders and join in the spring reading fun!

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