OSKALOOSA — The Oskaloosa Public Library kicks off its summer reading program with a bang.

The theme, Fizz Boom, Read, is science related and will host a variety of different activities. Kick-off this year for all ages will be from 6-7:30 p.m. June 2 in the Reading Garden located at the library. Registration is set to take place the morning of June 2. Evening activities will include movies, crafts, snacks, live music, and snow cones, which will cost $2 for anyone seeking refreshments.

Nancy Jones, library assistant, will be crafting paper mache volcanos using chemicals sparking an eye-opening and draw-dropping chemical reaction by using baking soda and vinegar to simulate a volcanic eruption. Additional activities are set to last the majority of the summer, ending on Aug. 1.

“We have got a fun filled two months planned for children with magicians, bubble shows and science related events,” Ottens said.

The theme this year was suggested by the American Library Association. This association provides suggestions and helps give libraries across the country options as to which reading program they chose to adopt.

Outgoing Youth Librarian Liz Anderson, suggested the library use the national platform this year. However, Library Director William Ottens hinted they could have chosen to use their own creative strategy or idea especially for teens.

“For the teens reading program, we decided not to use the national format,” Ottens said. He explained every year the program changes. He also said that once Kilie Steel, the new youth librarian, gets acclimated to her new role, there will be future opportunities to be more creative.

This year, the library has implemented a system where readers can use “Beaker Bucks” toward prizes, which is something they can accumulate over time to be used toward prizes. Last year, 600 people registered for the reading program. In addition, there were at least 14,000 books that were read during that same time period. Fizz Boom Read will, attract kids from grade levels K-5..

City Editor Jonathan R. Pitman can be reached by email at news2@oskyherald.com

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