Musser Public Library will hold their annual Library Fine Forgiveness Week beginning Saturday, May 20 through Saturday, May 27.
Library patrons are invited to visit the library any time during the week to renew lost library cards and return any overdue media. Fines will be forgiven, regardless of amount, as long as the item has been returned.
Children’s Librarian Betty Collins explains that the forgiveness week is a project that the library board welcomes every year. “No matter how large the fine, we want to encourage everyone to partake. We don’t want a fine to prevent someone from reading, especially over the summer.”
The week will also be the initial sign-up for the 2017 Summer Reading Program. The Musser Public Library partners with the Collaborative Summer Library Program and the theme for 2017 is Build a Better World.
Collins says, “There are so many ways we can take this theme, from construction projects, individual projects, and more.”
The summer program will offer daily special features throughout the summer months.
Monday, Thursday, and Saturday will feature O Baby Lapsit and preschool classes that allow for hands-on learning.
Preschool story time will continue to meet at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays.
Sparkplugs will meet throughout the summer on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.
Hands On will provide activities designed to focus on sensory learning as well as fine motor skills. Participants are encouraged to dress to get messy. The drop-in class will meet at 11:15 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Family Tuesday is designed for parents and caregivers to play games and learn alongside their children. Three family sessions will be held at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.
For elementary-age children, sessions of Studio Mondays and Wild Wednesdays will be held at 1:30 p.m.
Studio Mondays offer an exploration of projects and materials such as natural objects, paint, words, and clay, applied with a healthy dose of imagination. This may or may not result in a product to take home. Wild Wednesdays provide an opportunity for activities involving science, technology, or the natural world. Children younger than 9 years old should be accompanied by a parent or care-giver.
The first 400 elementary-aged students who register for summer reading will receive a coupon to receive free concessions at all five kids movies this summer at the Palms 10.
Students currently in 5th grade may decide to register as elementary-aged or for the teen program, but will be encouraged to remain in the reading program they sign up for.
Teens who register for the teen summer reading program will be invited to participate in events throughout the summer, including receiving a halfway prize. Teens will have their name entered into a raffle for every 100 pages read.
As usual, there is an incentive by library staff to encourage children to read. If library readers reach half a million minutes, Betty Collins and Julie Lear will kiss a frog at the summer reading finale.
For more information, contact the Musser Public Library at (563) 263-3065, visit http://www.musserpubliclibrary.org/ or see the insert in this week’s issue of Voice of Muscatine.