Summer boredom busted ... by books and much more
After a school year of busy schedules and calendars full of activities, now is a good time to clean out the wallet and find those library cards, the “free tickets” to pages of literary adventure and family-oriented summer programs.
Or perhaps stopping in for a library card might just be the next item on the summer “sand bucket” list.
Here are a list of upcoming events at the Cannon Falls, Ellsworth and Zumbrota public libraries as well as some recommended titles worth checking out and diving into.
The following are just a few books to start your reading log, compiled by Zumbrota assistant director and children’s librarian Angela Gustafson.
•“Field of Prey” by John Sandford.
•“The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd.
• “Mr. Mercedes” by Stephen King.
For younger readers
•“Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World” by Steve Jenkins.
•“Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” by Chris Grabenstein.
•“The Mark of the Dragonfly” by Jaleigh Johnson.
•“Tesla’s Attic” by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman.
For more information regarding programs, see the contact information given under each library listing. Library hours are also available on library Web sites.
Cannon Falls Public Library
The Cannon Falls Library is located at 306 West Mill St. and can be contacted at 507-263-2804. Justin Padgett is the director.
All ages are invited to the following summer events.
This summer, readers can tape a penny to the “Pennies for Pets” board for every book read with all pennies going to benefit animals at the humane society.
Movie days are scheduled for 10:15 a.m. every Monday through July. Additional family movie showings are “E.T.” at 2 p.m. Wednesday July 18 and “The Lego Movie” at 2 p.m. July 16.
Bring your lunch and listen to stories at Lunch Bunch, which takes place at noon every Wednesday in July except July 2.
Special programs are scheduled on Thursdays through July and include:
•Summer reading program wrap-up party at 1 p.m. July 10.
•Smokey Bear visits at 2 p.m. July 17.
•“Mixed Nuts” comedy plays at 2 p.m. July 24.
Other games and contests are also available throughout the summer.
Ellsworth Public Library
Ellsworth’s library is located at 312 West Main St. and can be reached at 715-273-3209. Library director is Shelley Anderson.
Storytime takes place 10:30 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays now until Aug. 16 and is open to ages 2-5 with a parent or caregiver.
The Sizzlin’, Fizzlin’ Summer Science program offers “fun, simple science afternoons at the library for 7-to-12-year-olds.” Sign-up is required, as space is limited. The program is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursdays July 10 through Aug. 21.
“Fizz, Boom, Read” is for preschool readers through fourth grade. The library has a special folder and checklist with activity choices with a new one each week through Aug. 2.
For teens, the “Spark Reaction” reading event offers a grand prize of a $25 Target gift card.
The Teen Read Book Club meets the second Thursday of the month and is open to middle and high school students.
The Morning Book Club, for adult readers, meets 10:30 a.m. every second Thursday of the month in the senior center, located in the lower level of the library.
Adults also have a chance to earn prizes by participating in the “Literary Elements” program this summer. “Stop by, get a bookmark, read and return your book mark—Play ‘Plinko’ for fabulous prizes.”
Legos in the Library will be 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday July 22 and Aug. 26 for kindergarten through fifth grade. Sign up is required.
The Ellsworth library also sponsors Tuesday night Evening Family Fun Summer Series, located at the East End Park, and Wednesday Summer Afternoon events, which take place in the back parking lot of the library.
•July 2: Summer Afternoon — 1 p.m., Pool Party at the Ellsworth pool.
•July 9: Summer Afternoon — 1 p.m., Big Fun Show (comedy, juggling, magic).
•July 15: 6:30 p.m., Family Fun—Mullet River Boys (bluegrass, vaudeville music)
•July 16: Summer Afternoon — 1:30 p.m., Mad Scientist of Iowa.
•August 19: Family Fun — 6:30 p.m., Zinghopper’s Kidz dance party.
Zumbrota Public Library
Located at 100 West Ave., the Zumbrota Public Library is directed by James Hill.
Story Hour is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday through August. For more information, contact the library at 507-732-5211.
•Monday June 30: Submissions due for writing and art contests.
•Tuesday July 1: 11 a.m., 4-H demonstration with chicks, ducklings and more.
•Monday July 7: 6:30 p.m., Rubber stamping crafts.
•Tuesday July 8: 11 a.m., Humane society visitors.
•Thursday July 10: 3 p.m., Cartoon character drawing, led by illustrator Gary Harbo.
•Tuesday July 15: 10:30 a.m., Zumbrota Watershed Amazing Animals.
•Wednesday July 16: 6:30 p.m., “Mixed Nuts” comedy show presented by a comic duo from the Twin Cities.
•Tuesday July 22: 11 a.m., spinning wool crafts demonstration.
•Thursday July 24: 6:30 p.m., Lego Club and submissions due for Lego contest.
•Friday July 25: 7 p.m., Murder Mystery party for students in grades 7-12.
•Tuesday July 29: 11 a.m., Smokey Bear visits.
•Thursday July 31: 6:30 p.m., Harry Potter birthday party.
Editor’s note: The newspaper reported on the Red Wing Public Library’s programs in the June 4 edition.