Tom Pease will perform at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, at the Sturm Memorial Library in Manawa.
The singer/songwriter will kick off the library’s summer reading program, Fizz Boom Read.
Pease, from nearby Amherst, has been performing for youth since 1982 and does an average of 200 shows a year. He has performed for libraries, schools and special events all across the country and has been the recipient of numerous awards for some of his many recordings.
This show is free and open to all ages, although youth under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible party.
Fizz Boom Read will run from June 9 through Aug. 1 and is open to youth ages 0-18.
The program will include special events, library programming, fun weekly activities and a lot of good books to read.
No prior registration is necessary to join and most of the program is done on an independent basis so it easily accommodates the busy schedules of youth and their families.
The program for preschoolers and early readers will run much the same way it has in years past, but library staff has changed up the program for elementary school aged youth this year.
Participants will complete an activity card through the summer that includes several fun activities and in addition to that they will sign a reading pledge that will allow them to read whatever they want, how much they want and when they want. Participants who complete their pledge and the activities will be able to receive a book of their choice and they will be able to pick a book for the library’s collection.
Fizz Boom Read will also include additional special events throughout the eight-week program including a Bubble Show on June 24, the annual Rodeo Lunch with the Rodeo Queen on July 1, Get Science! on July 15, Waupaca Community Theatre’s performance of Alice in Wonderland Jr. on July 22, and Juggler Bob Kann on July 31 followed by the finale picnic.
The summer library programs will include Lunch Bunch, Weird Science, Movie Time, Lego Club, Story Hour and Babygarten.
Summer programs at libraries all over the state will encourage youth to stay in touch with reading and learning and prevent summer brain drain. At the Sturm Memorial Library, this is all done with a big dose of fun.
Brochures about the program, including a calendar of events, are now available at the library. For more information, call the library at 920-596-2252 or visit www.manawalibrary.org.