Summer reading club set to start at Ponoka Jubilee Library

This week's library column looks at the summer reading club this year.

Emma Neufeld is here, she is summer reading club coordinator, and guest writer for Ponoka Jubilee Library. We are only five days away from the start of Summer Reading Club.

With this summer’s theme being ‘Wild’, we are excited to kick-off on July 5 with ‘Wild in the Jungle!’. The first week is bound to be busy and exciting and I am looking forward to all the returning and new faces this summer. We are also thrilled to announce that for our first week we have Kae Neufeld joining as a special guest. A few months ago, she traveled to Rwanda and spent time in the jungle with a group of mountain gorillas. These gorillas are only found in this part of the world and travel freely in packs around the mountains. They are closely studied in order to research how they live in order to preserve the species, and Kae was lucky enough to be able to see them in their natural habitat. She will be coming in to talk to both age groups about her experiences and she has even put in the extra effort to do a craft with everyone. We’re sure that she will be a fascinating guest speaker and can’t thank her enough for taking the time to come talk to our SRC kids.

As mentioned a couple weeks ago, Sophia the Great Grey Owl will be joining the Reading Club on Tuesday, July 26 at 10:30 a.m. She will be used as an education animal to help teach the children about wildlife rehabilitation. The Medicine River Wildlife Centre does not charge to come to us, but they do ask for donations to keep their center functioning, so there is a jar for cash donations at the library circulation desk. The presentation will only be running for the morning SRC group, and is geared towards a younger age group, but everyone is welcome, including children that are not signed up with us for the SRC.

Summer Reading Club this year has had an incredibly successful registration turnout, we had over 20 children in the first two days. A huge thank you goes out to everyone who signed up. Another big thanks goes to all the local businesses that took the time to donate both prizes and funds to the reading club, the SRC wouldn’t be possible without your generosity.

As a reminder, SRC runs Tuesdays and Thursdays starting July 5 and goes until August 18. Ages five to eight meet from 10:30-11:45 a.m. and ages nine to 12 meet 1:30-2:45 p.m. Whether you are a part of reading club or not, feel free to stop by and see Emma to tell her about all the exciting things you are reading throughout the summer.

Coming soon: The much-anticipated conclusion to Debbie Macomber’s beloved Rose Harbor series, ‘Sweet Tomorrows’ is a vibrant and poignant novel of letting go of fear, following your heart, and embracing the future.

 

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