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Library wraps up summer reading program with Landing Party


August 8, 2019

Havre Daily News/Ryan Berry

Havre-Hill County Library is celebrating the end of its Summer Reading Program Friday at Van Orsdel United Methodist Church.

With summer winding down to an end, the Havre-Hill County Library's Summer Reading Program is wrapping up this week with its Landing Party Friday. 

The summer reading program encourages children to read and learn during the summer, Havre-Hill County Children's Librarian Ashley Martin said. During the summer, children often lose some reading skills from not attending school and once school is back in session, teachers have to spend time getting their students back up to speed. She added that the summer reading program is trying to close the gap while also providing free family friendly programs.

"It's fun, it's free and it brings families together," she said.

The theme this year was A Universe of Stories, with all the prizes and activities based on the universe and space, Martin said. She added that the theme comes through the Collaborative Summer Reading Program organization, which allows her to get publicity materials, such as posters, reading certificates and prizes, more cost-effectively for the library. She added that the organization is also going completely independent next year, which will allow new opportunities for libraries and the reading program.  

The Landing Party will be held at Van Orsdel United Methodist Church from noon to 4 p.m. and the event is free and open to the public. Martin said the event will have a Museum of the Rockies planetarium, which has an inflatable apparatus and projector to display the northern hemisphere constellations. 

"Constellations are literally the universe's stories, so we talk about some of the stories behind the constellations and some of the mythology," she said, adding that the majority of the stories are Greek but she is working on including some Native American stories, as well.

The Landing Party will also include fruit snacks, drinks and other treats, she said.

The library's Summer Block Party, which is an expansion to the Lego Time program, will return next week, Martin said. The block party will be held Aug. 16 and Aug. 23. Summer Block Party includes playing with Legos and board games for children. Next week will include listening to the audiobook version of "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" by C.S. Lewis. Martin said they have been listening to the Chronicles of Narnia series throughout the summer.

Martin, who is heading the summer reading program for the third year, said the city-county library has been doing the summer reading program since long before she took over the program.

She said Havre libraries were holding summer reading programs as far back as the early 1900s.

The summer reading program doesn't have a reading list, but instead counts the minutes each child reads. Every 100 minutes earns the children a ticket for a raffle prize and a little prize from a chest, she added.

"They love it," she said.

Different age groups have different reading goals, for example children up to 3 years-old have a reading goal of 300 minutes, Martin said, adding that if someone broke it down to 30 minutes a day they could reach the reading goal in a little more than a week. 

She said one of the great rules for the reading program is when someone reads to someone else the minutes count for both the reader and the listener, so siblings or parents can read to the younger children to win raffle prizes for the reader and listener.

The prizes include constellation blocks, a constellation night light, a solar system floor puzzle, a jump-rocket, a water gun jetpack, a Lego starfighter and the board game Mole Rats in Space, a cooperative board game where players have to work together to win, she said. One prize was given out for every week of the reading program, she added.

The last prize of the reading program will be given out today and is a Millenium Falcon kite, Martin said.

She added that for the past two years the reading program was only for six weeks, but this year she expanded the program to eight.

She said the reading program is open to children of all ages who possess a Havre-Hill County Library card. She added that this year the Havre-Hill County Library's Summer Reading Program had 170 children sign up this year, with 99 readers either meeting or exceeding their reading goals. The children read a total of approximately 127,289 minutes - that's 7,637,340 seconds, 2,2121.48 hours, 88.4 days.

She said the 8 to 10 years olds were the predominant group of participants in the summer reading program. When children turn 13 they start tapering off, apparently thinking they are either "too old or too cool for it."

But the summer reading program is for all ages up to 17 years old, she said, adding that this year, by request of the Friends of the Havre-Hill County Library, they also held an adult category for the reading program.

Top readers for each category get a bag of books, a trophy and a lanyard in addition to some other goodies, she said. Younger children receive a star reader trophy and the older children receive an astronaut trophy. She added that the three top readers younger than 18 will also receive a telescope.

She said this year went well and she is excited for next year, which has the theme "Fairytales and Fantasies."

For more information about the Summer Reading Program and other Havre-Hill County Library events visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/havrehilllibrary/?ref=br_rs/.


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