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It is time for another fun summer of reading! This year's theme is On Your Mark, Get Set--Read! The focus is on sports, health, and fitness--perfect for the upcoming Summer Olympics. Registration begins on May 31, so stop by either location to pick up your first Olympic card. The program will run June 6-July 29 for eight weeks of reading, and each weekly card will feature a different Olympic event. Medal in reading by reading/being read to for a minimum of two hours each week. Readers receive a prize when they complete cards 2, 4, 6, and 8, and completing an odd-numbered card earns an entry into our grand prize drawing.

The children's program is for kids ages 3 through entering grade 5. The teen program is for students in grades 6-12, and there is also an adult program for ages 18+, so the whole family can participate.

Each hour you read will help raise money for Special Olympics. Vanderloop Shoes and FOLKS are matching donors, so we will donate more money the more you read. The goal is to have kids, teens, and adults reach 25,000 hours of reading this summer which will earn $1000 for Special Olympics. We need to reach 15,000 hours to give $300 and 20,000 hours to give $600. Let's go for the gold and reach that top mark for the highest donation!

Do you have books in great condition that need a new home? The youth department is in search of "like new" children and teen books to use as prizes for our summer reading program. 

Please keep in mind that we do not accept the following:

  • Textbooks
  • Encyclopedias
  • Child Craft Encyclopedias
  • Reader’s Digest Condensed Books
  • Magazines
  • Audiobooks on Cassette
  • VHS Tapes
  • Items that are moldy, smelly, yellowed, in bad shape

Please let a staffer know when you drop off your donations that the books are for the summer reading program. You may fill out a "Waive of Ownership" form for your tax purposes if you wish. Some donated items may be placed in our book sale if the book doesn't fit the criteria for a reading prize; you will still be benefiting the library. 

Thank you for helping our young readers!

 

pile of Lego bricks

The library recently received two generous grants to support STEAM programming. STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Besides providing a wide selection of reading materials for informational and leisure reading, the library also strives to support life-long learning. One of the best ways to help children learn is to let them play and explore, so the grant money was dedicated to purchasing Legos, Magna Tiles, Snap Circuits, brush bots, and Build-a-Road sets. Watch for Lego and creative play times as part of our regular programming soon.

We are very grateful to our sponsors for their generous gifts! The Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival (Cheesfest) funds were awarded to the Little Chute Library, and the U.S Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation funds will benefit the Kimberly Library. Thank you to both for helping the library go full STEAM ahead.

Check out these awesome emoji book plots!

http://www.epicreads.com/blog/emojireads-book-plots-in-140-characters-or-less/

Try to make one of your own with your favorite teen read.

Need something impressive for your college application? Dear Reader's Teen Book Club is looking for teens who would like to write the "Dear Reader" column for one of the weekly teen books. It's fun, doesn't take a lot of time, and the columns will be published in the Teen Book Club! In addition to great resume material, a brand new bonus is the chance to win books. Each month they will be drawing the names of at least two teen columnists and sending them a free book.
 
Sound great? Email Tiffany at Teen [at] DearReader [dot] com and put I WANT TO BE A TEEN COLUMNIST on the subject line.

January often feels bitter cold, dark, and LONG, but we have just the ticket to help the month pass quickly--a winter reading program! Stop by the library to pick up your BINGO card featuring those lovable minions.  Complete reading activities to get BINGO, then bring your card in to the library to get a small prize and an entry into the grand prize drawing. It's easy and lots of fun to participate. This program is for all ages, so the whole family can participate. Sign up soon because it would be "despicable" if you didn't. 

Happy New Year! As we look forward to more great teen books to come in 2016, check out this list of the best of 2015 to make sure you didn't miss any fantastic reads. What were some of your favorites of the past year?

The Little Chute Library will be showing the movie The Scorch Trials on Wednesday, December 30 at 1 p.m. Come enjoy some free popcorn as you watch the second installment of the Maze Runner series based on the books by James Dashner. Be sure to check out the series-- great reads during your winter break!

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