CUTPL kicks off summer reading Weds. with live animal show

As Culver Public Library Youth Services manager Ali Gaskill explained to the Culver Elementary students who filed into the library class by class recently, this year’s summer reading activities, displays, and prizes will follow the themes “Dream Big” (for kids), and “Own the Night” (for teens).

The program kicks off with an opening event Weds., June 6, at 1:30 p.m., with a hands-on animal show from animal conservation/education organization, Indiana Wild.

Children up to age 18 who sign up will be given a reading log and awarded prizes throughout the summer—every three hours for elementary school and up, and every 15 books for early readers.

The summer will feature a full slate of activities in the Children and Teen Room, with several activities and crafts per week for elementary students and teens, as well as the usual Tuesday and Thursday storytimes.

In addition, there will be a third storytime on Thursdays, weekly activities for the Culver Girls and Boys Club, and bi-weekly free lunches for children under 18 provided by the Culver Community School Corporation. Storytimes will all take place at 10:30am, and will feature stories, songs, and crafts. Lunch will be provided at 11am Tuesday and Thursday.

Activities, to be posted on the library and school websites, include movie nights, making dream catchers, dream journals, constellation cans, and magic 8 balls. A “Stuffed Animal Pajama Party” will take place July 18. Favorite stuffed animals (with their pajama-clad owners) will be treated to a bedtime story, games, and a treat. After kids go home for the night, the animals will stay behind for a slumber party, explained Gaskill.

“They’re going to get to explore all those places you don’t get to go to. All those doors that need keys. Then in the morning we’ll give you pictures showing what mischief they got into.”
Teens will make worry dolls on July 13. A tradition from Guatemala, the multicolored dolls are believed to hold worries, thus warding off nightmares.

Prizes include gummy sticky hands, glow-in-the-dark bracelets, gliders, and bird whistles. There are fourteen prizes total, and each new level entitles the reader to a new prize.

On August 2 from 7 to 11 p.m., all participants will be invited to a library lock-in with pizza and games.

“There won’t be any other patrons in the library so we can be as loud as we want to be,” said Gaskill.