Will Richter

 Attention parents and caregivers: Summer is an important time for students to keep reading and build literacy skills. Students who do not read over the summer are in danger of the “summer slide” – a noticeable decline in reading ability. As Children’s Librarian Tracy Kampa noted a couple of weeks ago, numerous studies show that students who read infrequently or not at all over the summer see their reading abilities regress. The “summer slide” effect becomes more noticeable as students get older. However, if children read daily (whatever topic they choose) they build confidence and reading skills.

Check out the summer reading program at Grand Rapids Area Library as a way to jumpstart your family’s commitment to summer reading. Start by visiting the Children’s Library and picking up a book log! Tracy and Dion are ready to help young readers connected with reading level appropriate materials they will enjoy. For a complete listing of free library programs visit www.cityofgrandrapids.com/library

Call for Book Sale Donations

The annual Grand Rapids Area Library Book Sale is coming up this August during Tall Timber Days. Has your spring cleaning unearthed some gently-used books, DVDs, games, or puzzles you no longer need? Donate them to the big sale now through Aug. 1 – simply drop them off in the donation bin inside the Library’s Used Book Store. All proceeds benefit special library projects and programs.

Upcoming children’s programs @ your library

Tiny Explorers, Friday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m.

Are you a baby who likes to explore? Join us for this morning of fun! Developed for babies aged birth to 23 months (older siblings are welcome), Tiny Explorers will find us all shaking, stacking, squishing, smooshing, pounding, picking, placing, and pushing through several sensory stations. Babies love to meet other babies! Please call to register, just so we have enough crackers; 218-327-8823.

Wizard of Oz Storytime, Saturday, June 8 at 10:30 a.m.

At 10:30 a.m., it’s time for a very special Wizard of Oz Story Time with the Oz Brothers. Join us for a special celebration of the 80th anniversary of the “Wizard of Oz.” Costumed characters will tell the story of Dorothy’s epic journey.

Summer Book Time, Monday, June 10 at 10 a.m.

Join Tracy in the Story Circle for stories, songs, rhymes, scarves, shakers, and flannel board fun. Then move to the Community Room for a snack and a craft.

Lego Club, Tuesday, June 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Are you a kid who likes to build? Join us for our next Lego Club! Lego Club is open to everybody, and Lego creations are displayed in the Children’s Library between programs. We supply the Legos; you supply the imagination!

Storybook Theater, Wednesday, June 12 at 4:30 p.m.

Calling all Theater Kids! In coordination with our Summer Reading theme, “It’s Showtime at Your Library,” the incomparable Katie Smith will host three theater workshops at your Grand Rapids Area Library this summer! Come and learn how to develop a show, and be ready to perform when it’s pick-up time! Open to all area kids age six and up. Space is limited, and registration is required. Registration for each workshop will open two weeks before the program date. Call 218-327-8823 for more information.

Brodini Comedy Magic Show, Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m.

Back by wildly popular demand, the Brodini Comedy Magic Show offers fun and exciting magic tricks that are so cool you won't believe your eyes! Magician Graylyn Morris will raise spirits and test kids' powers of concentration as he manipulates ropes, scarves, balls, and other magician props in a perplexing "now you see it, now you don't" performance! Family-friendly program for all ages. This performance will take place in the KAXE/Rotary tent, so bring your blanket or chairs.

Upcoming programs @ your library

Summer Yoga on the Lawn with Nicole Hoops, Saturday, June 8 at 9 a.m.

Location: Outside (will move indoors in case of rain)

Spring into Summer — Yoga on the Lawn is back! Learn therapeutic mind/body techniques to release held tension patterns in the body, while transitioning through a progression of strength and mobility practices to ready ourselves for fun summer activities. Bring a yoga mat or beach towel and a water bottle.

Book Club: “Grocery Story” by Jon Steinman, Monday, June 17 at 6 p.m.

Location: Community Room

Join the conversation with members of Free Range Food Co-op. Through examination of food co-ops, “Grocery Story” makes a case for the transformation of the grocery store as the emerging frontier in the local food movement.

Delicious Dishes: Cooking with Leafy Greens, Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m.

Location: Community Room

Join members of the One Vegetable One Community crew in making and sampling delicious dishes made with this year’s pick: Leafy Greens. Space is very limited. Registration at the Reference Desk is required.

Summer Yoga on the Lawn with Deirdre Murnane, Saturday, June 22 at 9 a.m.

Location: Outside (will move indoors in case of rain)

Need to relax before the busy weekend begins? Join this breath-centered, gentle, meditative yoga class. Bring a yoga mat or beach towel and a water bottle.

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