Summer Reading Club in Biglerville
It is hard to believe after the long, snowy winter Gettysburg endured, but summer vacation is near at hand. Most kids in the county have their last day of school on Friday, June 6th. This summer the Adams County Library System kicks off its annual summer reading club on June 1st. Children through the age of 13 can earn prizes by reading. A win-win situation! Every week readers keep track of how long they have read. If they reach 2 hours for the week, only about 15 minutes a day, they report to the library staff and receive a prize. Prizes include bookmarks and books, and there is an incentive each week of the 8 week club. The smallest members of the family can benefit as well. They accumulate time by having someone read to them. An older sibling can read to a child and the time will count for both of them.
Reading through the summer ensures kids’ reading skills stay sharp. But, above all, reading is fun, and there is time in the summer to explore at one’s will, without a teacher’s mandates. Children expand their world by seeing through another’s eyes, they learn new things and they improve their reading skills. In my opinion, all reading is worthwhile reading, whether it be the classics, graphic novels or the latest best-sellers, and the ACLS has a great selection of all of these.
In conjunction with our summer reading club, the Harbaugh-Thomas Library in Biglerville will host a number of free family events. First, on June 10th at 7 pm, join master gardener Kalai Wherley as she demonstrates how to grow vegetables without a garden. All supplies are provided, and each child will be able to take home their own container gardening project. Please call or stop by to register.
Other events in June include a performance by magician David Rojahn, a “shocking” show on electricity by the Whitaker Center, and free play with LEGOS, always a popular program. In July, we’ll host a duct tape extravaganza: we supply the tape and instructions, and the kids take home whatever they create. We’ll have an afternoon of hands-on simple science experiments, and a discussion and demo by naturalist Andy Yoder on lava rocks and volcanic eruptions. Stop by the library for a complete calendar of summer programs, or check www.adamslibrary.org to find a listing for each ACLS library.
I’ve recently transferred from the Littlestown Library to the Harbaugh-Thomas Library. Both are beautiful libraries, and valuable resources for our Adams County residents, and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to enjoy and serve each community. Jess Laganosky, the previous manager of the Harbaugh-Thomas Library, has not left the ACLS--she now heads the Public Services Department at the Gettysburg Library. The Littlestown Library welcomes new manager Val Hoski. Feel free to drop by and say hello!
The Harbaugh-Thomas Library (677-6257) is open Mondays noon-6, Tuesdays and Thursdays noon-8, Wednesdays and Fridays 10 -6, and Saturdays 9-5. The library is located at 59 West York Street, Biglerville.