Reading isn’t the only fun to be found in local libraries, and that only becomes more true in the summer months.
The music-themed “Libraries Rock” national summer reading program will bring more music to area libraries along with the usual rewards for signing up for summer reading programs. Many libraries offer prizes ranging from free books, gift cards and 3D printer access, to a Fender acoustic guitar, the teen grand prize at the Lewiston City Library.
Here are just a few upcoming activities at area libraries. Check your local branch for additional information and activities:
Art – Learn about rock painting with a local artist at 11:30 a.m. June 7 at Deary Community Library in Deary or do string painting at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Asotin County Library, Clarkston.
Music – Listen to the Kwanongoma marimbas of Zimbabwe 6 p.m. June 7 when the Sesitshaya Marimba Band plays at the Genesee Community Library. Make a Coco guitar and watch “Coco” at 10 a.m. June 20 at the Craigmont Community Library or touch and try out a variety of instruments at the Instrument Petting Zoo 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 25 at the Valley Community Center, Clarkston.
Technology – Kids can explore with the Code & Go Robot Mouse, Marble Genius, LED circuits and more during the Summer Food Program at noon June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 10, 17 and 24 at Clearwater Valley Elementary, Kooskia; and you’ll find Sphero bowling, Q-Ba-Maze marble runs, crystal growing and more at noon July 11, 13, 20, 27 and Aug. 3 at the Kamiah Elementary School. The TEK Center gives kids a chance to use Ozobots, Makey Makey and LEGO EVO Robotics kits from 10 to 11 a.m. June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18 and 25 at the Colfax Library. Those in sixth grade and older can participate in LEGO Mindstorms from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 14-17 at the Asotin County Library, Clarkston.
Outdoors and Recreation – Find out about falconry and see a live demonstration of a red-tailed hawk in training at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Bovill Community Library. Learn to tie fly fishing lures at 10:30 a.m. June 8 at the Juliaetta Community Library and participate in Groovin’ Family Yoga at 4 p.m. June 12 at the Colfax Library.
Performance – Watch the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company perform “The Life of Mozart,” a play geared towards children, at various area libraries including 2 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. June 7 at Pioneer Park, Lewiston; 6 p.m. June 7 at East City Park, Moscow and 2 p.m. July 20 at Hayton Greene Park, Palouse. Or watch Joshua J. Supershow perform unicycling, juggling and more at 1:30 p.m. July 11 on the Heights Library lawn, Clarkston.