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Phone: 419-238-2168 | Fax: 419-238-3180
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Summer Reading 2016

101 years of Summer
Reading at the Brumback Library


           The Brumback Library is pleased to announce that its 101st Annual Summer Reading Program will be held from Wednesday, June 1st through Saturday, July 23rd.


           This year’s theme, entitled “On Your Mark, Get Set … Read,” will focus upon reading, sports, exercise, nutrition, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In addition, a myriad of events at Main Library and the five branches will accentuate history, science, mathematics, and technology, along with games, crafts, music, numerous story time sessions, and much, much more.


            To jumpstart the program at Main Library, Linda and Maria Bagley will present a “wubbulous” Dr. Seuss program featuring the Cat in the Hat and Thing One on Thursday, June 2nd.  Sports and fitness magic with magician Jim Kleefeld will be held on Monday, June 6th, while musician Tom Sieling will present “Take a Tromp through the Swamp” via music, exercise, and dance on Wednesday, June 8th. In addition, participants of all ages will want to attend Fun with Mr. Puppet and Paul Adams’ Poof Daddy Magic as well as special presentations by the Fort Wayne Ballet, Magic Fun with Tom Phoolery, a Meet and Greet Day with Fort Wayne TinCap players, the Indiana Soarin’ Raptor Rehab Group, a Go for the Gold Olympic program with Jeff Wawrzaszek, and two Neil Armstrong Museum presentations – “Mission Nutrition” and “Astronaut Fitness.” Magic Whiz Larry Wirtz’s program will emphasize the scientific components of sports and nutrition this year, and Tyler Nygren will capture everyone’s imagination  and attention with his legendary magic show.  Kim Hohman’s Dance Works will offer a command performance in early June. Then, several weeks later, storyteller extraordinaire Ellen Ford will lead a participatory story program entitled “Dance from our Seats.” Good Food with the Good Earth will emphasize fitness, exercise, nutrition, and healthy living, while Van Wert Smiles Dental Clinic will present a story time that will make everyone smile.  The Hammons Family will offer several special outdoor activities for all ages and Deb Sealscott will be offering a yoga session for Listening and Reading Club members


Children who have read at least ten books by June 16th will want to attend the Columbus Children’s Theatre’s presentation of Rumpelstiltskin at the Marsh Foundation Auditorium. On June 21st and 22nd, the Library will sponsor a total of three showings of Finding Dory at Van Wert Cinemas. Then, on June 27th, the MadCap Puppet Theatre will  present three of Aesop’s Fables at the Marsh Foundation Auditorium. Preregistration for these special events is required, however, and families will need a free ticket to see each of the aforementioned programs.


            Young children will want to mark their calendars to attend story time sessions with Bob Evan’s dogs, Biscuit and Gravy, and Ronald McDonald along with numerous other story time sessions with our guest readers as well as a play written and directed by Ryleigh Hanicq. Children entering kindergarten through third grade will want to preregister to attend a special craft session with Rehab Fab’s Dawn Cooper. Meanwhile, children of all ages will want to stop by every week for coloring contests, scavenger hunts, walk-in crafts, tickets for free YMCA swims, and Fitness Fridays.


            This year’s program will include activities for the following age/grade levels : The Read-To-Me Club : Infants through toddlers age 2-1/2. Parents are encouraged to read twenty or more titles to their child. Special story times, activities, and drawings will be held. The Listening Club : Participants age 2-1/2 through children entering first grade in the fall will take part in a variety of stories, games, and activities. Adults and older children are asked to share twenty or more titles with the child and then record these titles on their sheet. The Reading Club is comprised of students who will be entering grades two through eight in the fall. All children will be encouraged to read thirty or more titles in addition to participating in a wide array of programs and events. As always, drawings, prizes, and awards will be offered. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to stop by the Library at least once a week to record their child’s titles and check out a few more books.


A children’s carnival has been scheduled near the conclusion of the program to reward the participants for their reading accomplishments. This year, however, children must be registered in the Summer Reading Program by July 1st and read at least fifteen books in order to obtain a free ticket for this special event.


            Beginning June 1st, children can get excited about reading! We have stories about baseball, basketball, football, soccer, track, golf, etc. We have even more stories about food and nutrition. With so many books wanting to be read, a comprehensive series of programs and activities each week, children and their family members will want to walk, run, bicycle, or roller blade to the Library to take part in this free program. Funding for each of the aforementioned programs is provided through a series of grants, gifts, and donations. To date, nearly forty area business and individuals have made and/or pledged their support for this noteworthy program.


Registration begins June 1st and continues throughout June and July. For further details and information, contact the Brumback Library at (419) 238-2168 or any of the five branch library sites in Convoy, Middle Point, Ohio City, Willshire, or Wren.