SOME DAYS “HORRAY!” and OTHER DAYS “HELP ME!”
Now that school is out everyone is pretty excited about the prospects of some fun and free time. No more schedules, getting up early, or homework. Time instead for playing outside, visiting friends, going to the pool, or maybe a family trip. But eventually you start hearing those little voices: “Mom! There’s nothing to do.” or “I’m bored!” It’s moments like this that strain our patience and cause us to count the days till the first day of school. While errand jars are great and cleaning your room is always an option, there is another terrific resource available. It’s close, it’s kid and family friendly and best of all it’s FREE!
TIMBERLAND LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM
“Fizz, Boom, Read!”
This year the theme for children is “Fizz, Boom, Read!”, and is designed to complement the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program which has been adopted by local schools. Specifically the summer program promotes excitement about reading, learning and exploring new characters and discovering new places – through books.
There are numerous activities planned throughout the Timberland Library system. Just to get you enthused, here are a few that are happening in Chehalis
Fun bags will be given to children when schools let out. These include event calendars, puzzles, word games, book lists and entry forms for prizes.
“Weekly Coupons” –at the library while supplies last, pick up coupons for Quiznos, Rollerdome, Twin Transit, Northwest Trek, Point Defiance Zoo, Fairway Lanes, Papa Murphy’s, Centralia Ballet Academy, Hands On Children’s Museum (Olympia), Book n’ Brush, Southwest Washington Fair
“Wacky Wednesday” – Find four strange things in the library, and receive a small prize. Sponsored by the Friends of the Vernetta Smith Chehalis Timberland Library.
“Reptile Man” – Thursday, June 19th at 11:00am – See and learn about 15 exotic reptiles from around the world. Scott Petersen, a zoologist and educator, shows turtles, an iguana, an alligator and numerous types of snakes. He also talks about each animal’s importance to the balance of nature. Certain animals will be available for petting after the performance.
“Family Program, Making Sense of Your Five Senses” – Wednesday, June 25th, at 11:00am -Explore the ways your five senses work both separately and together with games, activities and experiments that thrill the senses. Take-home crafts and activities will keep the fun and learning going.
“Stuffed Animal Sleepover” – Thursday, June 26th, all day – Bring a favorite stuffed toy animal for a sleepover at the library. Tuck your animal in and say goodnight. Come back the next day to pick up your friend and find out what mischief the animals got into during their night at the library.
“LabARTory: DIY Craft” – Friday, June 27th, all day – Drop by the library any time during open hours for an arts & crafts activity.
Also be on the lookout for other fun, educational programs, such as;
“Experiments of a Mad Scientist” – Wednesday, July 2nd at 1:00pm
“Chris Fascione: Stories, Clowning & Mime” – Thursday, July 10th, 11:00am
“Rhys Thomas: Science Circus” – Thursday, July 17th, 11:00am
“Shaver Marionettes” – Wednesday, July 24rd, 11:00am
“Mad Science’s Spin, Pop, Boom!” – Thursday, July 31st, 11:00am
With all that’s planned by the Timberland Regional Library, and the events at the Chehalis Vernetta Smith branch – you can now prevent ever hearing that oh, so common summer cry: “Mom! I’m bored!”
For more information, check out the Timberland Library website at:
Or better yet, go on over the Chehalis Library and discover for yourself:
400 N. Market Boulevard
Chehalis, WA 98532-0419
For Timberland’s complete Calendar of events for all of Lewis County (and more) Timberland Libraries. http://events.trlib.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp