The Frankford Public Library is planning to take its patrons into space with its summer reading program that invites readers of all ages to participate and be rewarded for their efforts, as well as a Father’s Day program that’s sure to be a “hit” with everyone who comes to play.
The library staff has been working hard to put together summer reading programs for children, teens and adults, according to Library Director Lesley Koble. First up is the Summer Reading Kick-Off — or perhaps better stated as “blast off,” since this year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories.”
On Friday, June 14, the library will host a party at Frankford Town Park to officially start the summer programs. Beginning at 6:15 p.m. that night, there will be musical entertainment by the Milford Community Band’s Dixieland Band, face-painting by Painting with Penny and space-themed games, including a version of cornhole created by the library’s Teen Recycling Club, according to Children’s Library Coordinator Rachel Jackson. Rita’s Ice will be on hand, selling cool treats.
A raffle will also be held at the kickoff event, featuring assorted prizes, including a blanket and a coffee mug for adult winners, Jackson said.
The Summer Reading Kickoff party will end around 8:15 p.m., but that doesn’t mean the fun times are over for the evening. The entire community is being invited to stay at the park for the first of Envision Frankford’s summer movie series. The movie scheduled for June 14 is “LEGO Movie 2.”
According to Koble, Jackson “has put tons of work” into the event. Koble said she is hoping for a good turnout, based on the fact that 52 people have already signed up for the summer programs for children, teens and adults. Registration, which is free, started June 1. (In case of rain, the activities will move to the Frankford Volunteer Fire Department, across the street from the library.)
The summer programs are all structured to reward readers for logging 10 hours of reading time, Koble said. The staff has arranged prizes for each age group. Adults, for example, will be rewarded with a coupon that can be used toward overdue-book fines, and teens will receive goodie bags with “reading-oriented swag,” Jackson said.
Koble said the mission of the program is to encourage readers of all ages, and the hope is that once the habit is ingrained, summer readers will become year-round readers and library patrons. Reading, Koble said, is “a way to unplug” from screened device, such as computers, phones and televisions, and the summer reading program “is a fun way to reward anyone for reading. Our goal,” she said, “is to increase the love of reading for all ages,” as well as an appreciation for use of the library.
Patrons who enter the library will see that the space theme is in full display already.
“We’ve created a visual of a space ship in the children’s room,” Koble said. “Frank, the Frankford Astronaut” will be visible as well, and children will place stars on the wall in the library through the summer, which will “help Frank into space.”
Koble said the library has put extra effort into organizing activities for teens during the summer months.
“The teens have really cool things going on,” she said. With an emphasis on STEM activities, one program involves creating “bottle-rocket launchers” with PVC pipe, water bottles and bicycle pumps.
For adults, there will be a focus on travel, with Adult Library Coordinator Bonnie Elliott working on a series of programs featuring well-known travel writer and television personality Rick Steves.
On the heels of the library’s “Tall & Small Tea” for Mother’s Day, on Saturday, June 15, at 11 a.m., the fun continues at the library as it hosts a Father’s Day “Tall & Small T-Ball” event, which will focus on the game of baseball. The event is open to all “father figures” and the little children in their lives, age 3 to fifth-graders, according to Jackson. Participants are being encouraged to wear outdoor clothing.
“The whole idea is to get outside and enjoy the weather,” with a loosely structured Wiffle-ball game, Jackson said.
The Frankford Public Library is located at 8 Main Street, Frankford. For more information, call the library at (302) 732- 9351 or visit the library’s website at www.frankford.lib.de.us.
By Kerin Magill