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Library’s summer reading program kicks off in Lehigh

June 5, 2019
By MELISSA BILL (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

East Lee County Library launched its annual summer reading program on Tuesday, May 28. The Lee County Library System's program this year is 'A Universe of Stories' and it will run from May 28 through Aug. 10. The goal of the yearly program is to promote a joy of reading by offering weekly events and branch activities designed to spark curiosity and engage library users of all ages.

Parents and kids came out to sign-up for the summer reading program and choose a free book to take home and read. They also had a chance to sample food from a variety of foods trucks and cool down with a Pelican's snow cone during the afternoon.

Other local agencies such as Lee Domestic Animal Services and Community Cooperative, which runs food pantries throughout Lee County were on-site to connect with the public as well.

According to Food Pantry Coordinator Rebecca Busby, there are presently two food pantries in Lehigh Acres.

"We are trying to get the word and let residents know we have these pantries in the area. Today we are giving out food items including breads, fresh vegetables, beans, cereals and water.

The reading program, which runs throughout the summer, will host a reading challenge, and feature weekly giveaways, which children and teens in grades K-12 can enter by visiting their local library.

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According to Lisa Jacobs, her daughter looks forward to the library's summer program each year.

"We come and do this every year. The activities and events throughout the summer really keep my daughter engaged and into reading. It's a great way to keep the kids learning while on break," Jacobs said.

Last year, more than 15,000 children participated in the Lee County Library System's Summer Reading summer. This year the library added a new feature where readers can use the Reader Zone app to create a free reader account for a chance to win prizes by entering the reading code "lcls2019summer."

Another new component to this year's program is an Intergalactic Multi-task Challenge, which provides adults with opportunities to win prizes while exploring library resources.

"This year's theme, "A Universe of Stories," has many programs that have an intergalactic twist and there are even some activities intended for adults," Tim Engstrom Lee County Government Communications Specialist said.

The library will also be giving out numerous prizes. Babies and preschool children can win an early literacy prize basket, while older kids will have the chance to win a dinner cruise aboard the Little Toot tugboat. Teens will win a variety of tickets to area attractions, and adult readers have the opportunity to win a Kindle Paperwhite.

Each branch will host programs and special events throughout the summer, many focusing on the theme of space and technology. All programs are free to the public, but may require advanced registration, due to limited space. A few of the programs planned include black light bingo parties, virtual reality and robotics programs, paper airplane design challenges, pop-culture interactive movies, escape rooms, magic shows, storytelling and more.

The library was able to extend the reach of its 2019 program through donations from Friends of the Library groups, the Potash Foundation and participating sponsors. For more information about the Summer Reading Program or to register for weekly events, please call Telephone Reference at 239-479-INFO(4636), stop by any library branch, or visit the Lee County Library System website at www.leelibrary.net/summer.

Upcomings programs at East County Regional Library

The East County Regional Library is at 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres.

Adult Programs

Intergalactic Coloring for Adults

* Monday, June 17 at 2 p.m.

Enjoy soothing music and a relaxing atmosphere as you color the universe as you see it. Participants may bring their own materials or use those provided.

Galaxy Glass and Glitter

* Saturday, June 22 at 1 p.m.

Learn an out of this world painting technique to create the look of a galaxy on a wineglass in this fun summer program for adults. Paint and materials will be provided. Participants may also choose to bring their own pair of wineglasses to paint. Registration is required.

TED Talk: Cosmos

* Friday, June 28 at 2 p.m.

Watch streaming TED Talks on the topic of space and the universe, then share your thoughts and opinions.

The Night Sky

* Tuesday, July 9 at 6 p.m.

Learn about the features of the night sky, then join us to observe the moon and planets. Presented by the Southwest Florida Astronomical Society.

The Music of the Stars and Planets

* Wednesday, July 17 at 6 p.m.

Did you know that stars vibrate, or "oscillate"? NASA's new planet-hunting satellite, TESS (for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite), is able to detect these oscillations in thousands of nearby stars. In this program, learn how we use these signals to understand both the stars themselves and the planets that we are discovering in orbit around them.

Paint Your "You"niverse

* Thursday, July 25 at 2 p.m.

The Summer Reading theme, a Universe of Stories, collides in an interactive DIY painting experience with Paint Your "You"niverse. You decide what your "You"niverse looks like and let those paints fly.

Children's Programs

Super Science

* Tuesday, June 11 at 11 a.m.

Explore the far reaches of science with hands-on incredible demonstrations and take-home projects to share with friends and family. For children who have completed grades K-5. Registration begins May 28.

Mission: Family Movie Matinee

* Saturday, June 15 at 1 p.m.

Families with children up to age 18 are invited to come watch a space themed family movie. Don't forget to bring snacks to enjoy during the film.

A Universe of Myths

* Tuesday, June 18 at 11 a.m.

Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge will help us discover the myths related to wildlife, how they started and if they are true. For children who have completed grades K-5. Registration begins June 11.

Joey and Alex Magic

* Tuesday, June 25 at 11 a.m.

This all-new thrill ride comedy magic show takes the audience on an action-packed adventure of stories shown through magic, comedy, puppets, balloon artistry and hilarious audience participation. For children who have completed grades K-5. Registration begins June 18.

Mission: Family Movie Matinee

* Saturday, July 13 at 1 p.m.

Families with children up to age 18 are invited to come watch a space-themed family movie. Don't forget to bring snacks to enjoy during the film.

Star Stories: Greek Myths

* Tuesday, July 16 at 11 a.m.

Look up! The night sky is full of star constellations. The ancient Greeks named the star constellations after their awesome myths and folktales. Katie Adams performs these myths with colorful shadow puppets, storytelling and audience participation. Registration is required.

Outer Space Science

* Tuesday, July 23 at 11 a.m.

Professor DoDad and his new friend Darcy will share facts about the solar system, space travel, gravity, stars and much more. DoDad's Lab is full of audience participation, experiments, original music, learning, and laughter. Registration is required.

Teen Programs

Universe of Trivia Showdown

* Tuesday, June 11 at 1 p.m.

Bring a team of friends, or join a team and make new friends, during this trivia challenge featuring Space Age information, pop culture and space exploration. Winners of the Universe of Trivia Showdown are in for a special treat. Bring your brain and we will bring the fun. For teens entering grades 6-12.

Mission: Family Movie Matinee

* Saturday, June 15 at 1 p.m.

Families with children up to age 18 are invited to come watch a space themed family movie. Don't forget to bring snacks to enjoy during the film.

Teen Yoga and Mindful Coloring

* Tuesday, June 18 at 1 p.m.

This is a non-judgmental, creative, safe and fun space for teens to grow and learn about themselves through movement and breath. Find ways to improve your coordination, balance and self control. Learn strategies to help deal with the pressures of everyday teen life and increase self confidence and self esteem. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle. After the yoga session, wind down further with a space-themed coloring activity geared toward teens. Registration is required.

Galaxy Art

* Tuesday, June 25 at 1 p.m.

Teens entering grades 6-12 are invited to make one of three galaxy art projects including a galaxy on canvas, in a bottle or on a pendant. As with all painting projects things can get a little messy so please wear appropriate clothing. Come and get creative.

Extraterrestrial Teen Movie Matinee

* Saturday, June 29 at 1 p.m.

Teens entering grades 6-12 are invited to watch a space themed movie. Don't forget to bring snacks to enjoy during the film.

Marvel-ous Bingo

* Tuesday, July 9 at 1 p.m.

Teens entering grades 6 - 12 are invited to play this version of bingo with a twist by testing their knowledge of the Marvel Universe in this tournament. Winners of the event are in for a treat.

The Night Sky

* Tuesday, July 9 at 6 p.m.

Learn about the features of the night sky, then join us to observe the moon and planets. Presented by the Southwest Florida Astronomical Society.

Star Weaving

* Tuesday, July 16 at 1 p.m.

Teens entering grades 6-12 are invited to the Summer Reading Program's Star Weaving session. Teens will learn about the stars and make their own beautiful star project to take home. Bring your creativity and we will supply the rest.

Extraterrestrial Teen Movie Matinee

* Saturday, July 27 at 1 p.m.

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to watch a space themed movie. Don't forget to bring snacks to enjoy during the film.

 
 

 

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