6/14/18 1st Week of Summer Reading Program!

The story for the day was Rhoda's Rock Hunt by Molly Beth Griffin.  Rhoda is on a long, long hike with her aunt and uncle, each of them carrying backpacks of gear as they walk through the north woods. While Auntie June and Uncle Jonah watch for wildlife and set up their campsites, Rhoda is on the hunt for one thing: ROCKS. She finds them in all shapes and patterns, from hearts and hats to stripes and sparkles. And every last treasure goes into her pack, making it heavier and heavier as they hike through forests and along streams. Soon Rhoda is sweaty, and tired of salami sandwiches, and wishing for her own bed. Then, on the last day, they come to the Big Lake. And its beach is covered in rocks. Rhoda can't believe her luck.  After hours of play and even more rock discoveries, it's time to head for home but by now Rhoda's pack is too heavy to lift. Will she give up her rocks?  Or will she stay on the beach forever with her beloved collection?  Ask any of the children who attended the first weeks program to find out how the story ends!  After the story the children decorated rocks for the Kindness Rocks Project, then checked out books to take home for a week of reading, 20 minutes each day. 

This Thursday we will switch gears and go with a rock n roll theme.  We have special guest Tom Winkers helping out for our program.  Tom teaches band and guitar lessons at Markesan District Schools and will be reading the story Violets Music to the children and helping them make their own guitar.  The program starts at 2pm, and all ages are welcome.

6/11/18 Summer Reading Program - Kindness Rocks Project

Looking for a fun and easy way to teach your kids about kindness? Consider coming to the library this Thursday at 2pm for our Summer Reading Program.  We'll be making painted rocks as our project and then distribute them around town, joining the Kindness Rocks Project . The latest (and maybe the sweetest) craze to sweep the country has artists of all ages spreading happy thoughts by way of painted rocks. The idea is simple-paint something inspiring or cheerful on a rock, and leave it for someone else to find.  What better way to use the Libraries Rock theme than with an act of kindness.  What's a rock got to do with kindness? Plenty, according to Megan Murphy, the Massachusetts woman who accidentally started the Kindness Rocks movement two years ago when she scribbled a few inspiring words on a rock and left it on a Cape Cod beach. Her Kindness Rocks Project has since gained worldwide attention, with inspirational, hash-tagged rocks popping up in at least seven countries and garnering millions of views on social media.  People find a rock, and they relate to the message on the rock. Then they connect with the fact that there is a human being on the other end of that rock, and they don't feel so alone.  It can be as simple as scrawling "Hope" on a stone and tossing it on the sidewalk on your way to work, or as complex as painting an entire rock with Van Gogh's "Starry Night" and leaving your masterpiece up for grabs.    Hope to see you this Thursday!!

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