SHERIDAN — School may be out, but its not time to put away the books just yet.
The Sheridan County Public Library System has numerous activities planned for young people this summer designed to expose them to the joys of a good book.
“Studies show that a child can lose two grade levels over the summer so we try to keep their minds moving,” said Michelle Havenga, the children’s librarian at the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library.
Havenga said there are activities planned for everyone from babies to young adults and the kickoff will be Tuesday. The theme this year is “Dig Into Reading” with activities planned centering around archeology and dinosaurs.
On Tuesdays, the Archeology Club will take part in projects planned for those in third grade or older. Those attending the event are encouraged to bring electronic devices, such as iPads.
“It is something we have never done before,” Havenga said about using the electronic devices. “It is their world so we said ‘We need to get into this.’”
Tuesdays also feature an event called “Digging Up Fun” which involves a craft project and a story related to archeology. Another archeology related event will take place Wednesday as The Dinosaur Club for third-graders and older will meet at the Fulmer Public Library. Thursdays will feature “Just Dig It” which includes craft activities for all ages.
There are also two reading contests available for young people over the summer. The first one is for pre-readers and early readers, which starts Tuesday and runs through July 25. Children who participate are eligible to win a hard-back book as a prize.
A punch-card contest is also taking place for older readers. The contest began June 1, and for each book read, participants get a punch taken out of their card and once a card is filled, they can pick a prize and are eligible for a bigger monthly prize. At the end of the summer a grand prize of an iPad will be given away..
Story times are taking place at the Sheridan, Tongue River and Story libraries for babies to young adults. Story times are held for various ages Monday through Friday.
The Tongue River Library will feature prize drawings for those attending story time. They are also featuring two book discussion groups surrounding J.R.R. Tolkien novels. Middle school students will read “Children of the Hurin” and high school students will tackle “The Hobbit.”
The Story library will feature a Thursday get together for students ages 5-12 Thursdays from 3-4:30 p.m. during the summer (June 13, 20, 27, July 25 and Aug. 1.) The event features snacks, games and plenty of books.
Students can also pick up books June 19 and July 25 at the Kiwanis free book give away at the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library. The event features free paperback books for kids.
“You can’t have enough books,” Havenga said.
All of the events, Havenga said, have an informal feel, do not require sign up and are free.
For more information, call 674-8585.