Eli Auwarter and Patrick Wheeler are making houses out of popsicle sticks during Fairfax Summer Reading.

Emma Ohlensehlen, Delaney Oswald, and Kenzie Oswald are building the tower during their last day of Fairfax Summer Reading.

Summer Reading volunteer, Tiffanie Gaines listens to the answers to her question “How have you used water today?”

Meyerkorth puts on her hard hat and is ready to build during the last day of Rock Port Summer Reading.

The youngest children attending the Fairfax program met with Ashley Grossman on Tuesday, July 25. They listened to stories about construction including Pete The Cat: Construction Destruction by J. Dean and Mighty Mighty Construction Site by S. Rinker. The children had fun pretending to be the heavy equipment. They stretched to be tall like cranes, they did bending and scooping like a digger, and they pretended to push dirt forward like a giant bulldozer. The kids also built houses with craft sticks and construction paper. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by E. Carle was a just for fun story, and Ashley sent the children home with craft kits to “build” butterflies.
Leann Ohlensehlen took her charges, age five and six, in a new direction for part of her final program. They discussed how firefighters and K-9 detectives make the world better with the services they provide. The children listened to Firefighters A to Z by C. L. Demarest and R. Scarry’s Sniff The Detective, stories about these public servants. Lending a helping hand to a mother and daughter in need was the focus of The House On Dirty Third Street by J. Kittinger. The group also studied some pictures, from books on special structures, that illustrated different types of architecture. They did experiments with different support systems for a rectanglar shaped piece of material (a/k/a a cookie sheet). They found that columns, or cylinders, provide the most strength and support. Cylinders have fewer points or “weak spots” than other shapes, so they will withstand more compression. The kids could stand on the cookie sheet, and it did not collapse when it had a good support structure! Mad Science lesson, well learned! This group learned about a variety of ways to Build a Better World: public service to the community, kindness, sharing and good construction practices. What a full hour!
Reading programs in Fairfax finished on July 20 for the older groups. The younger children finished on July 25. A total of 53 children enrolled in the programs, and 44 attended at least once. The average weekly attendance for all programs was 20 children. The library presented each child, who attended at least one time, with two new books and a certificate for ice cream at the Dairy Diner. Book bags and other treats were provided each week. Pizza Hut provided certificates for pizza, and McDonald’s and the library provided cookies for the final sessions. Volunteers Ashton Lewis, Sarah Osburn, Leann Ohlensehlen and Ashley Grossman provided great programs for the very lucky children who attended these programs.
Andrea Cook’s final Build a Better World program was all about kindness and the importance of having good manners and following the rules. Rude Cakes by R. Watkins was about saying please and thank you, listening to your parents, waiting your turn, saying I’m sorry and not saying mean words to hurt others’ feelings. We can all learn to be nice to each other, even if we are “not so nice” some times! How To Heal A Broken Wing by B. Graham addressed the healing power of the kindness and patience of a loving family. Stick and Stone by B. Ferry was a story of how you can become a friend by playing together and helping each other when you have a problem. For their activity, this group of three and four year olds each colored a card for someone they wanted to thank for being nice to them. The children enjoyed sharing the names of those who would receive their card.
How have you used water today? How will you use water this week? These questions began the discussion for the group hosted by Tiffanie Gaines, and there was a long list of answers! Drinking, cooking, brushing, flushing, swimming, laundry, a bath and filling the fish tank were just a few. Mrs. Gaines read All The Water In The World by G. E. Lyon, a lively book about the cycle of water, and how the cycle happens over and over again. All plants and animals must have water to live and grow. “So precious – do not waste it. And delicious – we can taste it. Keep it clean, keep it clean . . . Keep Earth green!” G. E. Lyon. Tiffanie also read excerpts from Wonderful Water by H. Lanz. This book is full of fascinating facts about the water we use, and how we can save this precious resource. Did you know there is the same amount of water on Earth today that there was 4.5 billion years ago? We drink the same water the dinosaurs drank! The children watched Mrs. Gaines do a demonstration about all of the water in the world. One gallon of water represented all the world’s water. One-fourth of a cup of the gallon represents the world’s fresh water – all the rest is salty! Four tablespoons of the fresh water represent fresh water that is not frozen in polar ice caps. One drop of water from the four tablespoons would represent the water that is clean, fresh, not polluted and ready to use! The children were amazed by these facts! A Cool Drink Of Water by B. Kerley is a simple but very important book about access to clean water by people living in all parts of the world. Tiffanie used a globe to show the children the faraway places where some of the people lived who were pictured in the book. She located Indonesia, Thailand, Italy, India, and Peru, as well as Oregon and Iowa in the U.S.A.! This program concluded with a story about kindness and compassion: Lucky Ducklings by E. Moore. This group of five and six year olds learned many things about Building A Better World today. Water is precious, and kindness is too! Ending question: What will you do to “Build A Better World”?
The Rock Port reading program concluded for the older groups on July 20 and for the younger children on July 25. Seventy children enrolled, and 57 attended at least one time. The average weekly attendance for all programs was 34. At the final session, of each of the four programs, each child was gifted two new books from the library. The library provided book bags and other take-home treats each week. McDonald’s and the library provided cookies, and Pizza Hut provided certificates for pizza at the closing session. Volunteers Trudy Heitman, Dixie Teten, Jennifer Geib, Tiffanie Gaines, and Andrea Cook provided fabulous programs for the children who were fortunate enough to join them in the library these past three weeks. Great assistance for the programs was provided by Juleighanne Adams, Libby Lotter and Tawni Ellis.
Brooke Walton, Jan Taylor White and Barbara Tubbs were the talented volunteers who hosted the Tarkio children for wonderful programs that ended July 19 and 20.
Janice Rosenbohm, Library Director, wants everyone to know that all of the books used for summer reading are available at your library. She encourages you to “come see what we have, and please, when you see these volunteers, say thank you!”