Summer Reading concluded last week. In all, 43 children attended during the four-week program in Fairfax this year.
The three- and four-year-olds read the interactive story Don’t Touch This Book by Bill Cotter. They walked like robots, roared like dinosaurs, flew like birds, and in the end, showed Larry the Monster how to share. They also read another adaptation of The Tortoise and the Hare, by Janet Steven. Before leaving, they enjoyed eating cookies provided by Tarkio Hy-Vee and watched their friends act out the Tortoise and the Hare, while patiently waiting their turn to get up and be a part of the play.
Ashley Grossman and the five- and six-year-olds had so much fun, they almost forgot to leave! They created their own Olympic Games last week. In preparation, they looked for different sports listed in G is for Gold Medal by Brad Herzog. They played bucket ball and circle hop, had a pom-pom race and a straw javelin throw, and played flyswatter tennis with balloons! During breaks between events, they read Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucille and Are You Ready to Play Outside by Mo Willems.
The first and second graders learned more science behind the sports during their group. They tried a couple of water experiments that showed how different temperatures and different textures and sizes of objects affect play. Your muscles react differently in the cold (like during the Winter Olympics) than they do in the heat (like during the Summer Olympics). The kids stuck their hands in ice water and tried writing their names before and after to see the difference. It’s much harder to move or control your fingers when they’re cold (as many of us adults already know)! They also finished reading Maybelle in the Soup by Katie Speck, and filled in a Crazy Soup Mad-Lib.
The third, fourth, and fifth graders met twice last week to make up for missing a meeting during the storm. They read several fun books, like Mitchell Goes Bowling by Hallie Durand, Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucille, Olivia Saves the Circus by Ian Falconer, and some poems from When Green Becomes Tomatoes by Julie Fogliano, as well as continuing to read from A Million Ways Home by Dianna Dorisi Winget. They played Four Corners, and used both days to build famous landmarks with toothpicks and marshmallows, like the Golden Gate Bridge and the Washington Monument. Ashton Lewis also read Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola, and they fixed noodles in a magic pot just like Strega Nona did.
The Summer Reading Program is a collaboration of many people’s efforts and generosity, and they are grateful to all. Sarah Osburn, Ashley Grossman, LeAnn Ohlensehlen, and Ashton Lewis were the program volunteers, and they did an amazing job of creating fun, interesting programs each week. The library provides two new books to each attending child, as well as ice cream certificates for use at Rays’ Dairy Diner. Pizza Hut and Tarkio Hy-Vee also donated items this year, in the form of free pizza certificates and several dozen cookies for the children at all the branches.