Jayne Martin leads a summer reading group in the reading of “The Rainbow Fish” at the Tarkio Branch of the Atchison County Library Thursday morning, June 16, 2022. Youth pictured are Hannah Wennihan, Winston Hogue, Cayson Martin, Owen Shaw, JJ Rolf, Julien Jimenez, and Jenna Gebhards.

Atchison County Library’s Children Librarian Otto Brandenburg reads to Rock Port Summer Reading attendees on the first day of the program. (Atchison County Library Facebook photo)

Fairfax Summer Reading youth made rainbow fish pictures using paint and celery. (Atchison County Library Facebook photo)

The Atchison County Library’s 2022 Summer Reading Program has begun! Youngsters ages five through the completion of fifth grade are invited to attend. Programs take place Tuesdays and Thursdays through June 30 at the Rock Port, Fairfax, and Tarkio libraries. Register your child at your local library or call: Rock Port – 660-744-5405; Tarkio – 660-736-5832; and Fairfax – 660-686-2204.

Rock Port

Elizabeth Knierim and Atchison County Children’s Librarian Otto Brandenburg opened Rock Port’s Summer Reading Program for the children ages 3 and 4 with readings of “Curious George Goes Fishing” by H.A. Rey and Margret Rey, “Sand Cake” by Frank Asch, and “The Octopus Escapes” by Maile Meloy. The children enjoyed making sea animal masks and coloring Oceans of Possibilities posters.

Otto and Amanda Vette led the 5 & 6 year old group with readings of “Sand Cake, I’m The Best Artist in the Ocean!” by Kevin Sherry, and “The Rainbow Fish and The Sea Monster’s Cave” by Marcus Pfister. The children crafted their own fish mobile and colored their poster.

On Thursday, June 16, the program was led by Otto and volunteer Julie Clodfelter, who read a rousing rendition of the book “The Pout Pout Fish” by Deborah Diesen, and the group explored sea life facts from several books. The children had fun creating artistic 3-D Fish Bowl dioramas.


Sarah Osburn treated a small group of youngsters in Fairfax on the first day of Summer Reading to “The Rainbow Fish” and “This Is Not My Hat.” The children had fun painting rainbow fish with celery to make scales, reviewed pictures of fish and sea life, and learned about different wildlife that live in the ocean.

On Thursday, June 16, whales were the topic of discussion and fun for the program. Volunteer Ginny Smith read “Secrets of the Seashore” by Carron Brown, and the children picked books about whales and whale facts that they thought were interesting. Books included: “Blue Whales,” “The Life Cycle of the Whale,” and “All About Whales.” Then the activities moved outside, where they drew a life-sized blue whale with chalk on a blocked street, courtesy of the City of Fairfax. The blue whale is the largest animal known to have ever existed. They average 90’ in length, with a 25’ tail, 4’ flippers and a 1’ dorsal fin.


There is an Ocean of Possibilities when it comes to the Tarkio Summer Reading Program. The three and four year olds are led by Courtney Driskell and meet on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the library. On the first day, Courtney read “Three Bears in a Boat” by David Soman, “We’re All in the Same Boat” by Zachary Shapiro, and “Pete At The Beach” by James Dean. They made ocean animal masks, looked at seashells, colored seashell handouts and did a sink and float activity. Children also picked out and checked out library books to take home along with some fun prizes.

Brooke Walton led the five and six year olds, who meet on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. by reading “Mister Seahorse” by Eric Carle and “Dolphin Baby!” by Nicola Davies. They made aquarium crafts and sea monsters using Play-Doh. Each reader checked out books. Both reading groups took home sea-themed bubbles.

On Thursday, June 16, volunteer Jayne Martin read the popular children’s books “The Rainbow Fish” and “The Rainbow Fish and the Sea Monster’s Cave” by Marcus Phister. The children talked about friendship and each child made a hand poster and took the “five finger friendship challenge.” Some made decorations of Rainbow Fish.