Boone’s Ericson Public Library summer reading carnival is June 13 – Ames Tribune

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The Ericson Public Library’s summer reading program, “Read Beyond the Beaten Path,” is part of a national initiative. Locally, it spans June 6 through July 30 and is for children, teens and adults.

The library’s 2022 Summer Reading Kick-off Carnival will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on June 13 at the library.

More than 25 activities will be offered including paintball target practice, bounce houses, video games, mobile learning trailers, a visit from the Blank Park Zoo, plus crafts and snacks. Weinie Wonderland food truck will be on hand. Admission is free. Nearly 40 area organizations have partnered together to make the carnival happen.

“Most of the booths will be outside and a few inside,” said Children’s Librarian Zach Stier. “Families can participate in whatever activity they want to do.”

The carnival, which had been held for several years, was put on hold the last two due to COVID-19.

“This will be our re-launch,” he added. “The event provides a way for families to register for summer reading if they haven’t already. Summer reading is one of our biggest programs throughout the year. You keep track of how much you read, and they’re incentives that go along with it.”

Children, teens and adults who want to participate may register at ericson.beanstack.org.

“We have a little over 50 programs alone in June for kids and adults,” Stier noted. “We work hard to weave that theme throughout the summer programs.”

Most in-person, hybrid and virtual programs are free of charge.

“We now understand we can reach even more people than can come in person — we have people from outside the United States that attend our programs remotely,” he said.

Children’s activities

Activities, guest speakers and grab n’ go kits for kids all tie into this year’s summer reading theme. View the library’s online calendar to learn more.

Head out to the library at 3 p.m. July 7 for goat cuddling. The library is hosting Forevergreen Acres of Boone in the library garden. Learn about Nigerian Dwarf and Myotonic goats. Open to all ages. Rain date will be July 14 at 3 p.m.

Steir said the library staff works hard to provide the community with the latest books for all ages and interests. He said the library now has VOX™ Books, which are the first audiobooks that live in print books. The permanently attached VOX Reader transforms an ordinary print book into an all-in-one read-along experience.

Teen activities

Tweens and teens (grades 6-12) can participate in the Ultimate Reading Challenge to win instant prizes. It runs Monday mornings at 9 a.m. in June and July. Staff will post three challenges/goals to complete. The first three to come to the library and complete them will get to open the corresponding envelope to reveal the prize. See calendar for more events and activities.

Adult activities 

Adults can sign up for “Beat a Path to Downtown Boone.” Stop into the library and pick up a punch card to visit 10 Shops on Story businesses. Visit all of the businesses, have the card punched, and then return the completed card to the library for drawings for prizes donated from the 10 businesses.

Boone artist Julie Mason will show participants how to use pastel chalk to create a masterpiece. This program will be held in person in the second-floor meeting room as well as on Zoom starting at 6:30 p.m. June 14. Registration will reserve your kit and give you the Zoom link.

Free kits will be available with supplies needed to create an outdoor scene. If you register for the 2022 adult summer reading program and submit a completed chalk drawing, your name will be entered into a drawing for a $30 Hobby Lobby gift card.

The latest grab n’ go kit for adults will be available to pick up at the main desk starting July 1 to make your own birdhouse.

In-person knit night returns for knitters of all ages. Yarn and needles will be available to those that need them. The group meets the first and third Tuesday in the fireplace room from 6 p.m. to 7:55 p.m.

For more information, the library may be contacted at 515-432-3727.

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