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10:43 PM Fri, Sept. 21st

D-H library opens Summer Reading Program June 8

The Dewey-Humboldt Town Library, 2735 S. Corral St. in Humboldt, will conduct its Summer Reading Program for children ages 18 months to 12 years old from June 8 through July 24.

Community librarian Jeff Franklin said the program encourages "kids to read and continue to grow during the summer" while they are away from school.

This year's summer reading theme is "Make a Splash! READ!" In addition to the reading program, the library is planning 33 other activities over a seven-week period.

The library is registering children now for its summer offerings.

On Tuesdays, the complex will conduct afternoon games from 2-4 p.m. for those ages 7 and up.

The library will have board games, such as Battleship, Connect Four, Sorry!, Uno!, chess, checkers and dominoes, for children to play. Program participants also can play the library's Nintendo Wii video game system on its 80-inch widescreen TV. Children should bring their own Wii games from home.

From 10-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, Mary Harbeck will lead arts and crafts activities for those ages 8-12. Throughout the program, children learn interesting science about water and complete engaging water-based activities. Participants also will hear stories about water, beaches, pirates, aquatic life and more.

On Friday mornings, from 10-11:30, Heidi Remakel will pace children ages 4-7 through story and activity time. Participants also will hear water-themed stories, sing songs and make crafts.

Library staffers will serve refreshments for both events.

In addition, the library is starting a new activity this year for children ages 18 months to 3 years old from 11:30-11:50 a.m. on Saturdays. Dina Mountcastle will present "Toddler Time with Ms. Dina," a series of short activities that inspire children to learn songs, letters, numbers and more.

From 2-4 p.m. on Saturdays, the library will show "Saturday Afternoon Family Movies" on its 80-inch high definition movie screen.

The movie schedule includes:

• June 12 - "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs."

• June 19 - "Monsters vs. Aliens."

• June 26 - "Where the Wild Things Are."

• July 10 - "Planet 51."

• July 17 - "Astro Boy."

• July 24 - "Alice in Wonderland," with Johnny Depp.

From June 28 through July 3, the library will not offer any programming. The building will be closed July 3 in celebration of Independence Day that Sunday, July 4.

For more information about the library's summer reading program, including how to register, call Franklin at 632-5049.