Atchison County Library Summer Reading participants were excited to see the experiments that Mad Scientist Asteroid Aaron had to offer at the Tarkio Resource Center June 25.


Mad Scientist Asteroid Aaron shows the kids what dry ice does when mixed with water. It forms a gas.


Assistants Levi Hirner and Tiberius Baruth assist Mad Scientist Asteroid Aaron in seeing how many breaths it takes to fill up this bag with air.


Jaylee Wood slides down the inflatable slide during Atchison County Library’s Summer Reading Program Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Tarkio. More than 80 attendees enjoyed both indoor and outdoor games and activities.


These youngsters enjoyed a beautiful morning outside, sharing their plans for the summer with one another.


Playing with water Orbeez balls during the Atchison County Library Summer Reading Program are Weston Jackson, Elijah Hirner, and Cammie White.


The Atchison-Holt Ambulance Service brought an ambulance to Atchison County Library’s Summer Reading Program last week. The youth were given tours of the ambulance and sent home with stickers. (Jennifer Roup photo)


“Adventure Begins At Your Library” was the theme of the Atchison County Library’s 2024 Summer Reading Program June 24 through June 27. The library hosted over 80 children ages one year to 11 years old throughout the week.

The Tarkio Library and Resource Center was the perfect place to host the county-wide event, thanks to the spacious areas upstairs and downstairs and the kids enjoyed outdoor activities on the front lawn of Tarkio High School.

Each age group rotated around five stations: crafts, storytime, STEM activities, snacks and outdoor recess. Crafts included glow-in-the-dark painting, jewelry making, painting rocks and bubble painting. STEM activities ranged from kinetic sand creations, making binoculars for bird watching, an “escape room” and making a memory match game about camping. Outdoor recess was a success thanks to bounce houses, scavenger hunts, relay races and fun with water Orbeez balls. They even had a visit from the Atchison-Holt ambulance crew, who let the kids tour their ambulance and gave them stickers. Snack time was a huge hit, with Twinkie submarines, watermelon whales, fishing pole pretzels, trail mix and much more.

On Tuesday, “Asteroid Aaron” the Mad Scientist gave a program about adventures with ‘Biblio’ the magic egg and created bubbles with dry ice and showed off very impressive science projects.

Snack time was a huge hit, with Twinkie submarines, watermelon whales, fishing pole pretzels, trail mix,and much more.

All of this fun could not have been possible without wonderful help from volunteers: Shelbie Graham, Tabitha Waigand, Betsy Larson, Laura Bjorklund, Brooke Walton, Payten Shrader, Cathy Riggins, Becca Spiegel, Lisa Erdman, Krystal Leichliter, Jayne Martin, Dianna Carpenter, Kayla Sierks, Zoe Madron, Braylynn Wood, Harper Wood, Olivia Roup, Maeve Roup, Kinley Lair, and Audrie Meyerkorth, along with library employees and many parents and grandparents who stayed to enjoy Summer Reading along with the kids. The library staff is extremely grateful to have such a helpful group of volunteers.

On the last day of Summer Reading, each child went home with a brand new book. They also received goodies all week, including magnadoodle key rings, plushies, writing LCD tablets, flashlights, pool balls and Summer Reading 2024 dog tags.

They also went home with a special message from Children’s Librarian Amanda Vette and Library Director Jennifer Roup: “Adventure truly is available at the library! The fun activities, books and imagination they experienced during Summer Reading are available at your local library, so always remember to visit your local branch and attend special events when you hear about them!”

(Note: If your child or children attended any of the Summer Reading days but did not come on Thursday, June 27, for the last day, please call the Rock Port branch at 660-744-5404 to receive their free book!)