Summit County Library boosting programs for the summer
Although summer vacation is supposed to be the most enjoyable time of the year for school-aged children, it can also get a little long, so the Summit County Library’s provide places where kids can broaden their horizons and learn about other places in cool and safe environments.
The Kimball Junction Branch, located at 1885 Ute Blvd., has set up a schedule of summer activities for families and children of all ages, said Kirsten Nilsson, youth services librarian of the Summit County Library System.
"The theme for this summer, which was adopted by nearly every library around the country, is ‘Dream Big: Read’ and we enroll kids in the program when they come to the library," Nilsson said. "They all get a tracking sheet and some stickers, and for every 15 to 30 minutes they read a day, they get to mark it off with one of those stickers."
After the kids have read for an accumulated 10 hours, they bring back their tracking sheets and get rewards.
"They also get to put a star on the ‘Big Dreamers’ reading wall," Nilsson said. " doing this we encourage kids to continue to read over the summer. We already have 50 kids signed up already."
Some of the other programs are also designed to encourage children to visit and get familiar with the library, she said.
Those programs include a children’s story times for all ages every Wednesday that will start on June 13 and run through August.
"The stories we choose will suit the needs of a wide range of ages," Nilsson said. "We’ll talk about dreams and wishes and what they want to do in life. We’ll also talk about the cultural traditions regarding wishes around the world and make wishing boats that come from Thailand."
On Thursday, June 14, the library will host Samantha Simon, a local author who wrote the activity book "Utah 4 Kids" that gives parents and kids ideas of what they can do over the summer.
"She’s come and talk about summer activities," Nilsson said.
The library will also start a pajama story time that will be held each Monday beginning June 18, at 6 p.m.
"Kids and adults are welcome to come to the library in their pajamas and they can bring their favorite stuffed animals or blankets and hear nighttime stories," Nilsson said. "We started doing this last fall and it was really fun, but we only did them once a month. So, we’ve scheduled more."
The stories will be about what goes on after children go to bed.
"They’ll learn about different night creatures and how some people are night workers," Nilsson said. "We’ll also sing songs and recite poems about the nighttime."
The library will also screen a free movie once a month.
On Thursday, June 21, the featured film will be Walt Disney’s "Enchanted."
"We are trying to do movies that fit with the ‘Dream Big: Read’ theme," Nilsson said.
Another new activity is a bilingual story time that will begin June 25, and alternate with the pajama story time.
"Part of the reason bilingual story time came about was because we are partnering with the Park City School District in their Spanish immersion program," Nilsson said. "We’ll read stories in both English and Spanish and I’ll be doing the story time with Daisy Hodson, our multi-cultural specialist who joined us a couple of months ago."
One of Nilsson’s favorite events is baby fun time on Thursday mornings at 10:15 a.m.
"We meet with parents who have babies ranging in age from three weeks old up to two years old," she said. "We sing children’s songs, and the parents can take the song lyrics home and work with their babies. It’s very interactive."
Other events include origami sessions and a professional storyteller.
"We’ll also have the Bookmobile appearing on alternate Tuesdays at Trailside and Willow Creek parks," Nilsson said. "It’s essential to have a library in the community. When I was growing up, the library was a big part of my life and we want children to get involved with books and learning, even when they aren’t going to school."
For more information about the Summit County Library Kimball Junction Branch’s summer activities, visit www1.youseemore.com/SummitCounty/
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