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Two scientists, a magician, snakes and an assortment of unusual animals are waiting for you at the library this summer! "Fizz, Boom, Read!" is the theme for children birth through fifth grade. The program runs from June 2 to August 2 and awards participants for how much time they read. Children and teens can register and track their progress online or pick up a paper reading log at their nearest branch.
Younger readers must read at least 15 minutes a day for five days and complete two activities each week to win prizes. After reading for 300 minutes-- or four weeks-- they will earn their summer reading certificate. If they want to win more prizes, they can read an additional 400 minutes and do four activities to become Big Bang Bonus Readers.
To encourage adults to read aloud to younger children, the library is offerering a Parents as Reading Partners program that rewards families with prizes for reading four books together. View the official instructions and accompanying activities for all three reading incentive programs here.
Sixth through twelfth graders can participate in the Spark a Reaction teen program, which uses bingo cards to direct reading and participation in library events. In addition to their name being entered into a grand prize drawing for each bingo completed, smaller prizes will be awarded along the way. You can view and print off a copy of the bingo card here.
Among the many activities planned this summer are concerts by singer Rick Rayburn; visits from science educators Nitro Joe and Mad Science of Kansas City; magic shows by Adam White; nature walks; and animal shows by Missouri Conservation Department naturalist Shelly Cox and the Kansas City Zoomobile. See our calendar of events for dates and times.
Teen events include programs by local author Julie Casey; programs by local race car driver Chuck Ziolkowski; duct tape art crafts; remote-control car races; and fun science experiments.
The Summer Reading Program is supported by donations from the Friends of the Library, many local businesses and a major grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is the primary source of federal support for libraries and museums. The federal grant program is administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.
Download and read complete digital issues of many popular magazines on your computer, tablet or smartphone! The Zinio service digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, search features and interactive elements such as audio and video. The best part is that there is unlimited access with no expiration date, so magazines can be read indefinitely.
The library offers over 60 popular titles including Food Network, Macworld, National Geographic, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone. Some of the magazines, such as Newsweek, are only available from the library digitally. Access the Zinio Magazine Service here!
NOTE: Kindle Fire users will need to download the Zinio app directly from the Zinio site here. The service is not currently compatible with Nook tablets.