Dig into reading

Published 10:02 am Saturday, May 4, 2013

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The Albert Lea Public Library has plenty of activities for children this summer.

Beginning June 10 and running through July 25 there will be storytime each week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., with an additional nighttime storytime at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. Storytime usually includes reading, fingerplays and crafts.

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On June 11 and July 2 at 2 p.m. there will be Lego time, which is new this year. All other Tuesdays (June 18 and 25, and July 9, 16 and 23) will have game time at 2 p.m.Possum and mice reading

Wednesdays (June 12, 19 and 26 and July 3) will have Art Zone at 10:30 a.m. and book pals for third- and fourth-graders at 2 p.m. Book pals for fifth- and sixth-graders will be at 2 p.m. on Mondays in June and July 1. Sign up for book pals by calling the library.

Also new this year is therapy dog time, which will be at 2 p.m. Mondays throughout the summer program.

Every Thursday starting June 13 will have special events including performers, bingo and other celebrations.

The Summer Reading Program begins June 10 under the theme of “Dig Into Reading.” Children can read books, depending on their reading level, and win prizes for the amount they have read. The program ends July 25.

Children’s librarian Patty Greibrok said all events are free and anyone can attend.

“We encourage children to read during the summer and for parents to read to children during summer,” Greibrok said.

She said often children can fall behind if they’re not reading during their summer break from school.

“We want every child to start school ready to learn,” Greibrok said. “We’re excited for summer — it’s always a really busy time.”

For more information, the library’s website is www.alplonline.org. The library is in City Hall, 211 E. Clark St., and can be reached at 377-4356. It is open Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The library will be closed Thursday, July 4, to observe Independence Day.