Busy summer program begins at Ponoka Jubilee Library

Staff at the Ponoka Jubilee Library have been busy preparing for summer programming

We have been busy at the Ponoka Jubilee Library getting ready for our summer programs and are excited to start our 2017 Summer Reading Club.

Lots of patrons have been asking how the program will work this year, so here’s the rundown:

Registration for the Summer Reading Club took place June 24. Participants registered at the launch party on June 24 but can also do that anytime thereafter.

This year, we have three great prizes donated by generous sponsors: ATB Financial has donated an iPod touch for our older participants, Cervus Ponoka has donated a John Deere Bike for ages 6 to 9; and for ages 3 to 6, we are awarding the lucky winner a selection of curated books and a set of Legos. In order to be eligible for these prizes, you must be registered for the summer reading club. For each 5 books read, participants receive a sticker and a ballot. Additionally, for each program attended, participants will receive a ballot. The more books read and programs attended, the more chances you have to win.

We will be running programs for all age groups (up to 14) every week. On Tuesdays throughout the summer, we are hosting programs for ages 3 to 6. We will run the same program twice a day, once in the morning (11 to 11:45 a.m.) and once in the afternoon (2 to 2:45 p.m.).

On Wednesdays, we will host programs for ages 6 to 9, once in the morning (11 to 11:45 a.m.) and once in the afternoon (2 to 2:45 p.m.). Each of these programs will include stories, songs, crafts and games catered to each age group.

On Thursday afternoons (1:30 to 3 p.m.), we will be providing programming for ages 10 to 14, which will include science and tech-based programming, Maker technologies and lots of other great activities.

On Friday mornings (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.) we will be running our regularly scheduled story time (Ages 0 to 5). Every Friday afternoon we will be screening a movie with refreshments provided at 1:30 p.m. Note that it is not necessary to be registered for the summer reading club to attend these programs.

National Aboriginal Day was a busy event. This event was sponsored by the Ponoka Parent Link Centre, the Ponoka Jubilee Library, The Ponoka Early Childhood Development Coalition, The County of Ponoka Literacy Society, with help from special Consultants Leanne Louis, and Shelagh Hagemann (Wolf Creek Schools).

A Note from our Summer Reading Club Coordinator:

My name is Nya Guet and I am the Ponoka Jubilee Library Summer Reading Club Coordinator.

I’ve planned lots of different programs and activities for this summer that encourage children to read throughout the summer. As a child, I never had the opportunity to attend a summer reading club and reading had always been a chore but I would always find my own way of making it exciting.

This summer, I want to create programs that will leave kids reading because they want to and not because they have to. My goal as the Summer Reading Club Coordinator is to make reading and learning fun for all kids. The theme of the program this year is Canada 150, so we’re celebrating Canada’s 150th all summer.

I have planned many fun activities, like creating our own Canada-themed flower bed and learning about all of Canada’s wide array of wildlife, and plenty of literacy-themed activities (Harry Potter wand-making, anyone?).

The Summer Reading Club is a safe place where kids can make new friends, play tons of games, make tons of crafts and read tons of books.

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