By Lisa Bragg-Hurlburt
Spring is here, so time to pop the screens back into your windows, banish that snow blower to the farthest corner of your garage, and walk or bike on over to the Colfax Public Library. Besides books, movies, music, computers, and Wi-Fi, we have a host of fun, reading-inspired events planned for the next couple of months. Unless specially noted, registration is not required for anything we offer. Also, all events are free to the public.
Game Board Club meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month, and is geared toward school-age children (from grade school to high school age). This is supervised fun with the idea of encouraging children to interact with one another, take turns, and read to follow rules. We have 34 different board games including UNO, chess, and Jenga. Snacks are provided. Game Club’s next meeting is May 21st, from 3:30 – 5:00 pm (stay tuned for different meeting times in the summer).
Lego Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, with May events planned for the 14th and the 28th, 3:30 – 4:30 pm. This is typically attended by grade school children. We provide the Legos, and kids are either given a theme to build to or encouraged to “free style” build. As with Game Board Club, summer hours may be different.
Colfax Library Book Club meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month, from 5:30 – 6:30. This is a reading group for adults. Call the library for more information if you’re interested. New members are sought and encouraged!
Story Time. During the school year, Jolene reads to toddlers and preschool age children every Wednesday at 10:00 am. There’s no story time during the summer, when our summer reading program is in full gear. This school year’s last story time will be May 13th (Ocean Animals).
1000 Books Before Kindergarten. Just because Story Time ends in the summer doesn’t mean your preschooler’s developing literacy needs to wait! 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a parent-child reading program that will both prepare your little one for reading AND get them started with their own book collection. It works like this: you or a loved one reads books to your child (any books; there is no pre-set list) and keeps a tally. If your child loves a few books in particular, go ahead and read them over and over… each time can be counted as “a book.” Come to the library every time you reach the magic number, “100”. For every 100 books read your child will receive a brand-new, hard-cover book to keep. By the time one thousands books are read your child will have earned ten free books. This program has already started and is ongoing. Please call the library to register your child. The official kick-off was in Menomonie on April 30th.
Summer Reading. This year’s Summer Reading theme is “Discover Your Super Hero.” Our program is geared for children ages 5 – 10, but younger or older siblings are also welcome. Registration starts in mid-May, with the program itself running July 8 – July 29. At the time of registration, the parent and child decide together what the summer’s reading goals will be. Personalize it to what will work for you and your child. If the goals are met by the end of July, your name will be entered into a drawing for a set of movie tickets to the theater in Menomonie.
Special summer reading events include July 8 — The Mad Scientist of Iowa; July 15 — Nature Connection (guest is bringing a variety of reptiles and small animals for kids to see); July 22 ‑ “Jeanie B” music; July 29 — Community Heroes (so far we have a police officer, a veterinarian, a nutritionist, and a nurse lined up to talk to kids).
Guest Author Joe Niese will be speaking on May 21st at 6:30 pm. He’s a Chippewa Falls librarian who wrote the young adult books Burleigh Grimes: Baseball’s Last Legal Spitballer and Handy Andy: The Andy Pafko Story. He will be talking about the baseball player Andy Pafko, who was a native of Boyceville and a quiet, faith-filled man who was very proud of his Slovak heritage. During his career he played for the Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers, and Milwaukee Braves.
We hope to see you at the Colfax Public Library soon!