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Summer Hours: (June – Aug.)
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SAT: 11 AM – 4 PM

Winter Hours: (Sept. – May)
M-Th: 11 am – 8 pm
Fri: 11 am – 6 pm
Sat: 11 am – 4 pm



2017 Family Summer Reading Program

North Lake County Public Library invites you to

the 2017 Family Summer Reading Program:

“Build a Better World!”

June 12 — August 12

North Lake County Public Library’s annual Family Summer Reading Program began Monday, June 12, at 10:00 AM. Anyone who reads—or is read to—is eligible to participate in this popular summer-long event! This year’s theme is “Build a Better World.” 


Registration, either in person at the library or online, will remain open from June 12 through August 12. Readers will receive reading incentives courtesy of our many generous community sponsors and may enter into prize drawings for other exciting theme-related prizes.


Weekly Thursday morning activities began for school-aged children on June 15 and will continue throughout the program.  All are at 10:00 AM at the library or an announced location. See the schedule below for each week's topic. The Family Summer Reading Program will wrap up with its all-time favorite annual Bug Race on Thursday, August 10, before the program officially ends on Saturday, August 12.


North Lake County Public Library is excited to announce that it was awarded a NASA@MyLibrary grant this Spring, and will continue to offer space-related programming for the duration of the four-year grant! More information about our children’s and adult activities centering on the August 21 solar eclipse as well as other space and planetary science subjects will be posted to this website as it becomes available.


Upon completion of all eight levels and 32 hours of the Family Summer Reading Program, readers will be eligible to reserve a free ride on the Happy Hippo, courtesy of the library and Bob Ricketts of Three Dog Down. This is a one-day only event, taking place on Tuesday, August 15—but those who cannot make it may receive an alternate prize.


The grand prize drawing and ice cream social will take place on Thursday, August 17, at the library. Participants need not be present to win, but several mystery prizes will be given away to those who do attend.

How The Program Works :

SIGN UP!  Any person of any age who reads or is read to may sign up. Register for the program during regular library hours, beginning Monday, June 12 at 10:00 AM and ending at 4:00 PM on Saturday, August 12. To register, stop by the library or follow the link to fill out a form with your name, address, phone number and age. You’ll receive your Reading Record.


READ!  Your Reading Record helps you to keep track of time spent reading or listening to someone read to you. (Children and youth must find an adult to sign for them.)

COME BACK!  After you’ve completed 4 or more hours of reading, bring your signed Reading Record to the library in order to receive a reading incentive and enter the prize drawings.

Program ends Saturday  August 12 at 4:00 PM.  Prizes will be drawn and awarded the following Thursday,  August 17, at 10:00 AM.

OUR BIG SPLASH RETURNS!  And this year it’s better than ever. Finish all 8 levels and 32 hours of reading and follow instructions for joining the fun on Tuesday, August 15 as we host our finishers’ “Happy Hippo” Excursion

* The last day to turn in reading logs is August 12 at 4 PM




                               The 2016 Family Summer Reading Program

                                     "On Your Mark, Get Set, Go WILD!"

The 2016 Family Summer Reading Program was once again a big success. Here are photos from the Thursday morning activity programs for kids.


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!