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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Kids encouraged to ‘Dig into Reading’ this summer

  • Youth ages preschool through Grade 12 are invited to “Dig into Reading” this summer at the Redwood Falls Public Library during its summer reading program.
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  • Youth ages preschool through Grade 12 are invited to “Dig into Reading” this summer at the Redwood Falls Public Library during its summer reading program.
    Registration is currently being accepted for those who would like to take part in the program that encourages students to continue reading over the summer months to help ensure those reading skills they have developed during the school year are not lost.
    According to Jill Deinken, Redwood Falls Public Library’s children’s librarian, the theme of digging means offering a wide variety of activities centered around everything from archeology to gardening.
    “We’ll talk about plants, dinosaurs, mummies and construction equipment this summer,” Deinken said, adding anything that has to do with digging could be a topic for the summer.
    Students who have completed Grades K-4 who register for the summer reading program receive a bag with a reading record and stickers to keep track of their reading. A sticker is placed on a reading log for every 10 minutes of reading.
    For every five stickers a student is going to receive $1 of “Muddy Money” to spend in the library store.
    For kids who are ages zero to six the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program continues through the summer, with children re-ceiving a sticker for every 25 books read to them.
    Those youngest children who take part may also receive Muddy Money to spend at the library store.
    Every Tuesday during the summer at 10:30 a.m. those preschool aged youth are invited to come to the library for story hour. A variety of activities are planned for those who attend.
    For the older students in Grades K-4 there is a craft event every Thursday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., and Deinken said this is a come and go event when anyone who is interested may arrive at any time during those hours to work on a craft.
    An Adventure Club is also being planned Thursdays at 2 p.m. for those who have completed Grades K-4, and Deinken has a lot of different things planned for those who attend club events.
    For students who have completed Grades 5-8 a lunch bunch is being offered Wednesdays at noon.
    For the teens, Dein-ken said the theme for the summer is “Digging Into the Past,” with activities such as learning about ancestry scheduled.
    An anime group is also going to be held during the summer months, as well as a Wii challenge and a lock-in. For more about these events, stop in to register with Deinken at the library.
    Reading logs are also being given to the teens as part of its summer reading program, with incentives being given to those who achieve certain reading levels.
    Page 2 of 2 - Every time one reads a book and fills out a review slip they receive a punch, and once one has eight punches on their card they receive a reward.
    A grand prize drawing is being held at the end of the summer.
    Some of the other special events scheduled for the summer include:
    • A 1,000 books family night May 28 starting at 6 p.m.
    • A visit by Bruce the Bug Guy Aug. 2 at 4 p.m.
    • An end of the summer celebration Aug. 6.
    For more information, contact Deinken at the library by stopping in during regular business hours or by calling (507) 627-8650.
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