By Adam Eisenbarth
There’s about a month of summer holidays left for kids and the Rimbey Municipal Library has been keeping many busy in their free time.
The summer reading program has been running for about a month and is still open to any students looking for something fun to do. The program is a great way for kids to keep their minds fresh as they prepare to head back to school in the fall.
“That’s one of the main selling points of the program is that over the summer the kids can lose what they’ve accomplished through the (school) year, so if they can keep up with their reading and the activities, then they won’t fall behind,” says Jeanine Went, who runs the program with Amy Mayner.
Kids gather at the library every Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday to enjoy reading, as well as other fun activities.
“Each week has a different kind of theme that we’ve organized and different activities and crafts that go along with that,” says Mayner.
About 100 kids have participated in the program.
A teen program has also been offered on Wednesdays. The program allows more kids the opportunity to get involved at the library. The teenagers can be a little more difficult to entice into the program however.
“We’ve been trying really hard but the interest isn’t quite there. We have a couple kids that are interested and coming but it’s hard to get the older kids to join in,” says Mayner.
“The kids are still coming back so I would say it’s a success.”
The summer reading program isn’t the only activity keeping kids busy at the library; movie nights have been a popular hit.
Movie nights are held every Thursday and every second Friday to the end of August. Starting at 6:30 p.m., admission is free, while pop and popcorn are available for $1 each.
Along with the summer program, the library has some other special events for the kids including an Aug. 21 sleepover at the library.
On Aug. 25, storyteller Denise Miller will entertain the kids at Pas-Ka-Poo Park at 1 p.m. Admission is free to this event as well and all ages are welcome.
You can stop by the library to sign up for the program, free of charge. Kids need a membership to take out books.