Youth Services Librarian Kendra Mullison and Usborne Books Representative Shawn Kenelty enjoy a couple of the beautiful children's books available for purchase during Kickoff Day for the 2016 Family Summer Reading Program. A portion of the proceeds from the annual one-day sale came to the library in the form of new books. Thank you, Shawn!
The first Thursday morning program for kids was held in the library meeting room on June 9th. Among other "Go Wild" games and crafts, there was a rousing game of Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Bear/Bobcat/Bird!
On June 16th, Mission Mountain Audubon member and library trustee Allen Bone presented bird lore and activities to an enthusiastic roomful of kids and caregivers.
An ice cream social began the final day of the Family Summer Reading Program. Librarians were ready with scoops, edible bowls, and plenty of toppings for all!
The library is known for its Egg Drop Contest (photo below) during the Family Summer Reading Program! Here's a photo of one partly finished vessel created by an excited participant. She hoped her egg would land unbroken on the tarp spread beneath Youth Services Librarian Kendra Mullison, who dropped each child's creation from atop a high ladder. Helpers stood by to clean up the splatters!
A volunteer from the Yellow Bay Biological Station helped kids understand the importance of phytoplankton -- and then create their own. The devices needed to weigh just enough to suspend themselves (just like phytoplanton!) in a tub of water. Everyone had fun, first putting them together and then adjusting them to just the right weight!
The annual library BUG RACE is a big hit with kids of all ages. Many thanks to the members of Polson Kiwanis for judging the winners -- and to all the summer readers who collected their speediest bugs and took part!
The Grand Finale of the Family Summer Reading Program was a ride on Polson's amphibious Happy Hippo. Anyone who finished all eight levels of reading was treated to a wet and exhilarating ride. Thank you, Bob Ricketts of Three Dog Down!