By ANDY GOODELL
The Oskaloosa Herald
What’s summer without a good book? How about several good books?
The Oskaloosa Public Library is offering numerous summertime programs for people of all ages.
Library Director William Ottens said there will be quite a few changes to this year’s summer reading programs.
However, Ottens noted that with the children’s summer reading program, some elements from the past will remain. Children will fill out reading logs after being registered with the program, which is called “Dig Into Reading” this year. When children turn in their reading logs, they’ll earn “sand dollars” that can be used to buy reading incentives or prizes from the first-floor store at the library.
Children can also earn these sand dollars by doing different activities such as drawing a picture for the library or doing chores at home, added Ottens.
Ottens said the goal of the children’s summer reading program is summer-time educational enrichment. He explained that this can be done in a few different ways including reading books or being creative by drawing pictures, for example.
A kick-off party for “Dig Into Reading,” as well as the teen and adult summer reading programs, will be held in the library’s Reading Garden from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 3. Children can register and pick up their reading logs at this event.
The children’s summer reading program runs through Aug. 16 this year, which is longer than in previous years.
“We wanted to provide opportunities for children all summer long,” said Ottens.
This year’s theme for the teen summer reading program is “Read it ‘n Tweet It,” which runs from June 3 to Aug. 16. This program also includes a reading and activities log. Once their logs are turned in, their name will be put in for a grand prize drawing, noted Ottens.
There are even extra-credit options for teen in the summer reading program.
“We’re trying to increase teen programing here at the library,” said Ottens.
This year’s adult summer reading program, “Take Back the Summer,” will begin June 3 and will conclude Aug. 16. Adults will also fill out reading and activity logs to get their names in for a grand prize drawing.
Starting on June 10, the library will also host Classic Movie Monday for all ages. The first film to be shown will be “The Wizard of Oz.”
Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.