Bike rodeo to open library’s summer
The Basehor Community Library is encouraging kids to "Catch the Reading Bug" this summer.
This year's summer reading program is designed to not only keep young readers' minds sharp while they're out of school, but also to entertain them during the break.
"We want the kids to keep reading during the summer," said Vickey Long, children's director. "It's to have fun and keep their minds moving."
Preschool-aged children through sixth-graders can sign up for the program, which runs from June 2 through July 26, anytime during regular library hours at Long's desk in the children's area. A weekly reading goal is set at the time of sign up and children keep track of the number of books they read or have read to them each week in a folder. Then each week they bring the folder to the library to receive a stamp.
"They pledge to read so many books per week," Long said. "Each week we have different prizes and they can earn up to eight prizes."
If goals are met for six weeks, the children receive a book of their choice and are entered into a drawing for a grand prize.
The teens will also have a similar summer reading program called "Metamorphosis."
The library will not only have children wrapped up in books this summer, but activities, crafts and live entertainment as well.
A bike rodeo will kick off the program from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 31, for kindergartners through fifth-graders. Children are encouraged to wear their helmets and bring their bikes to the library for an obstacle course, bike registration and inspection and safe riding advice from the Basehor Police Department.
Throughout the summer, kids will enjoy various themed crafts such as bug Shrinky Dinks as well as visits from special guests.
Leslie and Jay Cady of Jay and Leslie's Laughing Matters will present "Bugaboo and Other Catch Phrases" on Wednesday, June 11. Circus tricks and wacky wordplay will keep kids laughing.
Yvonne Patterson's birds will perform tricks in "Wings of Love" on Wednesday, June 25, and Jim "Mr. Stinky Feet" Cosgrove will sing and dance into the library on Wednesday, July 9.
All three shows will begin at 2 p.m. at the library and are open to the public.
In addition to the special events during the summer, Long will be offering her regular story times during the week as well as a special book club for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. Check out the schedule at basehorlibrary.org or stop by the library to pick up a calendar, 1400 N. 158th St.
"It gets families and children into the library," Long said. "We are really busy in the summer."