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PV library to emphasize exercising mind this summer

The Prescott Valley Public Library is kicking off its 2016 summer reading program with an emphasis on exercising the mind.

The Prescott Valley Public Library is kicking off its 2016 summer reading program with an emphasis on exercising the mind.

Exercising the mind is just as important as exercising the body that houses said mind. That’s important for children and teenagers on their summer break from school as well as the adults who spend their summers at work.

One good way to exercise the mind is by reading and the Prescott Valley Library has that covered with its Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is centered on exercise and is called “On Your Mark, Get Set … Read,” for the kids, “Get in the Game … Read” for the teenagers and “Exercise Your Mind … Read,” for adults. This year is also more collaborative with the program kickoff on Wednesday, June 1 being library wide for the first time, said Adult Services Librarian Michelle Hjorting.

“This year, we’re really trying to make a real impact as far as summer reading and letting the community know that we’re here, this is what we’re doing and check it out,” Hjorting said, noting the importance of summer reading programs. “For that lag time for the kids to keep the continuation of their learning as far as literacy and not just take off the summer … The parents are already involved with the kids and so why not have something for the adults as well as anybody in the community. It joins everybody together.”

As far as teenagers go, Teen Librarian Shelbie Marks echoed Hjorting, stating the reading program helps stop what’s called the “summer slide.” For the summer months, they’re still being challenged and are doing something other than sit around all summer long, she said.

The kickoff is all day as well, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and everyone of all ages are welcome to every event of the kickoff, Hjorting said. Some are participatory, such as Zumba, and some are demonstrations of things like karate and yoga.

As for the events going on for the duration of the program, which is from June 1 to Saturday, July 30, they’re all tied around exercising the mind, Hjorting said.

Events in the kids program includes an interactive program teaching children what to do if they get lost outdoors, a performance by magician Eddie Siller and LEGO Fridays.

There’s plenty of events for the adults as well, such as a legal clinic with free legal advice, a fencing club demonstration and a hiking talk focused on survival and mental awareness.

When it comes to the teenagers, the events are exercise and mental health related, Marks said.

“They’re not all sports related necessarily, but good mental health and good physical health as well,” she said. “Some demonstrators, like a fencer, come in and demonstrate fencing. They’re here to just demonstrate different types of physical activities that are really fun.”

There’s also Maker Mondays, which is all about art and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Marks said.

Also going on over the summer is TECH, which focuses on teens working with older community members on technology, such as how to use their phones, Hjorting said. Having come from Portland, where a lot of the libraries there are doing something similar, it’s something Hjorting said she’s been interested in. Marks is looking forward to it as well, she said.

“Our teens are super tech oriented and I feel that I’m pretty tech oriented, but then even that they’re just way more than I am,” Marks said. “It does seem pretty natural for them to just come in and help people who don’t necessarily know how to use it … It just comes from being part of that digital age.”

For more information about the Prescott Valley Public Library’s Summer Reading Program pick up a brochure at the library or call 928-759-3040.

To register, visit or see the Children’s Library, Teen Library or Help Desk.

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