Sign up now for JPL’s summer reading program

The theme for the 2019 summer reading program is “A Universe of Stories”. The Jefferson public library staff invites children ages 4 years through the 5th grade to begin registering this week for the free program.

Everyone can begin reading June 12 and participate in activities throughout the months of June and July. There will be a “Where In the World Is?….Look and Find Contest”, “How Many Planets Are in the Guessing Jar Drawing”, “Riddle Me This…Space Jokes, Riddles, and Trivia Drawing”, Spaceopoly Game, and much more!

And we have adopted a Baboochi at the library. His name is Benny and we need boys and girls to help us take care of him this summer. Children will be able to check him out for five days, read his story, and then tell library staff all about their adventures with Benny!

Summer readers will also make tin foil moons, perler bead planets, solar system neck chains, aliens, wind socks, and much more.

Children will be able to join us for Book Buffets, Space Camp, Astronaut Training, and movies, too. The ISU Bug Zoo, “Bugs Are Outta of this World” will be at the Greene County Elementary gymnasium on June 27 at 10 am with a variety of bugs for children to discover.

One of the books that staff and volunteers will use this summer is Zar and the Broken Spaceship. The author, Dino O’Dell, just performed for Greene County Elementary students in May with songs and storytelling. He was sponsored by the Jefferson Kiwanis and the children will love to read about Zar’s adventure on earth!

The final party will be on Monday, July 29, from 1-3 pm at the First United Methodist Church, where someone will win a brand new bicycle!

And all of this programming is free thanks to sponsors Blank Park Zoo, Breadeaux Pizza, Dairy Queen, Fareway Stores, Friends of the Library, Greene County board of supervisors, Home State Bank, Hy-Vee Stores, Peoples Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank.

“Boys and girls, your mission, should you choose to accept it…is to rocket into reading! Pick up a passport to travel into a universe of stories today at the Jefferson public library,” children’s librarian Terry Clark said.

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