Manawa library launches reading program
Singer, storyteller kicks off summer at Sturm Memorial Library
Randy Peterson will present “Every Hero has a Story” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, at the the Sturm Memorial Library in Manawa.
A nationally renowned singer/songwriter, Peterson is a Wisconsin native who has been performing at schools, libraries and community events for over 25 years.
His shows are a fast-moving mix of music, humor and storytelling that are geared for kids, but which all ages enjoy.
His performance is free and open to the public. Any youth age eight and under must be accompanied by a responsible party.
“Every Hero has a Story” will run from June 8 through July 31 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. Participants will be able to choose how much or how little they want to get involved in the program and the program is flexible enough to accommodate all young people.
The teen program “Unmask” will also feature special programs and activities targeted to teens in 7th grade and up.
Every Hero has a Story and Unmask will feature additional special programs including Super Hero Science on June 23, Mehndi Henna Tattoos on June 23, the Rodeo Lunch on June 30, Incredible Bats on July 8, Shrek the Musical on July 21, Star Wars author John Jackson Miller on July 22, and Local Heroes and Finale Picnic on July 30.
In addition to these special events the library will offer Lunch Bunch on selected Tuesdays, Science Heroes on selected Wednesdays, Lego Lab on selected Thursdays, MovieTime and the preschool programs StoryTime and Babygarten.
The only program that requires pre-registration is the Mehndi Tattoo program.
Summer programs at public libraries are proven to prevent the “summer slide” in children from all walks of life. To keep reading skills up and children engaged in learning, the summer programs offer enrichment activities that allow young people to keep engaged in a fun and peer filled environment.
At the Sturm Memorial Library, activities that appeal to a wide range of interests are offered and reading for fun is encouraged.
The Manawa business community supports the program by donating funds that are used to allow participants who reach their reading challenge goals to get a book of their choice and have a book donated to the library. This “reward” actually encourages more reading instead of having the opposite effect of making reading something kids have to do to earn something else.
For more information on the program and the special events, call the library at 920-596-2252 or visit the library’s website at www.manawalibrary.org.