From Staff reports
Summer is usually when kids enjoy time away from school and other mind-exhausting activities.
Parents often develop a long list of chores and other physical activities to keep their vacationing students engaged and moving. In recent years, local libraries like Tahlequah’s have become a valuable resource for families looking for ways to stay informed and entertained.
Tahlequah Public Library Youth Services Coordinator Michelle Parnell plans and leads educational and exciting activities and other enjoyable events hosted by the library’s Summer Reading Program, and the program’s busy agenda for the month of June came to an end on Thursday.
The day’s activity was a celebration to reward the children for their participation and reading achievements, and give them one last brain-engaging hurdle to clear before July’s activities begin.
“We’ve had an excellent month. I’ve been really impressed at how well the kids have done with their reading. I’ve been very impressed with their reading this year,” she said. “[Next month] we’ll be doing movies on Thursdays in the afternoons, and they can call [for more information]. I don’t have the movies yet, but I will have them the first week for sure.”
The brain game Parnell presented to the kids, their parents and grandparents was a sort of scavenger hunt multi-table riddle activity.
“There are eight different stations, and at each station there’s a different riddle on a card that they’ll have to figure out. Once they have it figured out or they think they’ve got it or they just don’t know, they can scratch off the little scratch-off with a treasurer coin and then they get a treasure out of the box,” she said. “They’re filling up their [Ziplock bags] with eight different things, and at the end , there’s a rice table. They will fill their bag with rice, put some duct tape on it, and they’ll have an eye-spy bag they can play with later.”
Parent Kim Lee has three kids she brings to the library’s programs, and said her family enjoys the time they’ve spent at events like Thursday’s.
“My oldest loves it, and my youngest is getting to experience it all this summer. They love coming,” she said.
Randy Wagnon noted the library programs aid in helping kids avoid boredom.
“They’re fun,” he said. “It keeps them active when they’re not in school. It’s been good.”
Robin Mooney is the Tahlequah Public Library manager, and is pleased with the participation in the programs.
She noted the library has activities for kids scheduled for July, and promoted the programs available for adults, as well.
“The reading program has been a fun program. The month has gone by really fast because we’ve been so busy,” she said.
“Next month, once a week on Thursday afternoons, we’ll have a children’s movie that we’ll show, and then we’ll go outside for an activity. We actually will have a lot of programs going on. This summer we’re having an eight week program on zumba for adults that’s free. They just have to come on Wednesday evenings at 6. Next month, we have two different programs coming up for adults. One is making no-sew headbands, and the other one is Cherokee basket making. Then, of course, the teens will also meet next month. They just had their [June] closing party yesterday.”
For more information on programs offered by the Tahlequah Public Library, call (918) 456-2581 or visit www.tahlequah.lib.ok.us.