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Summer Reading Program for Older Youth

"Metamorphois at Your Library" Summer Reading Program for Older Youth Continues in July
When Jul 01, 2008 10:00 AM to
Jul 02, 2008 05:00 PM
Where at the Library
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Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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Decorah Public Library’s Summer Reading Program (SRP) for youth ages 10-16 will begin June 9 and run through July 18, featuring weekly door prizes, events and activities both in and outside the library centered around the theme, “Metamorphosis at Your Library—Exploring Transformation In & Outside of You.”

                Participants who complete 20 hours of reading and/or program attendance over the 6 week period receive a t-shirt, coupons and their name in a drawing for one of 6 experiences being offered by local mentors, such as kayaking in the Mississippi backwaters, dog training instruction, horseback riding, fly fishing, cake baking and rock wall climbing at the Luther Fitness Center.

                Weekly programs and activities sponsored by the library for older youth will generally take place on Monday and Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings and will offer a variety of hands-on opportunities for creativity, exploring new visions for themselves, transforming lives through service and physical spaces through growing and stewardship efforts.  Examples include transforming solar energy into movement (building a solar-powered model car and having a race);  helping to maintain the Dry Run Creekside restoration project begun in March;  going on an insect safari; arts and crafts projects;  exploring The Mysterious Power of the Purple Bracelet; learning how to make and throw an atlatl and more.  An important meeting and activity site will also be the Labyrinth Garden, northeast of the high school.  SRP participants will be able to help plant and maintain the uniquely-shaped garden, harvest and deliver vegetables to local food pantries and flowers to nursing homes and hospitals.  They will also be able to design interpretive materials for those who visit the garden as they are traveling on the riverside walking trail that passes by it. Weekly activities are open to all youth 10-16, not just those involved in the Summer Reading Program.

                A variety of entertainers and guest presenters will be coming to the library as well, some specifically for younger children and others geared for a wide range of ages.

                Calendars for the program will be available June 1st and will include weekly activity descriptions as well as specifics about Summer Reading Program requirements and rewards.  For more information, contact Heidi Swets, Youth Services Program Coordinator, Decorah Public Library, 382-3717 or