Manistee County Library gearing up for summer programming

The Manistee County Library will hold its summer programming at all six of its branches from June 13 to Aug. 2. (News Advocate file photo)

The Manistee County Library will hold its summer programming at all six of its branches from June 13 to Aug. 2. (News Advocate file photo)

MANISTEE COUNTY — On your mark… Get set… Read!

Not only are these simple directions the official theme of Manistee County Library’s upcoming summer reading program, but really they represent its spirit.

Read, and don’t stop.

“The focus of this has always been to keep kids reading through the summer,” said library assistant director/head of youth services Andrea Cosier. “Kids can lose so much of their reading ability in the three months that they’re out of school if they don’t read at all.

“So, we’re trying to keep kids at or above the level that they left with.”

As always, the annual summer book club and programming — which will run from June 13 to Aug. 2 — is free to all participants and their families.

All six library locations — its main branch in Manistee and satellite branches in Arcadia, Bear Lake, Kaleva, Onekama and Wellston — are scheduled to host a slew of family-fun programs each week during the time frame.

Babies through teenagers are encouraged to sign up for the free summer reading club by picking up a book log at any branch in order to chart their reading from June 13 to July 30. Sign-up and book logs will be available during open hours on Kick-off Day, which is June 13 in Manistee, Bear Lake, Kaleva, Onekama and Wellston; and June 14 in Arcadia.

Participants will be entered to win prizes at each location, as well as a county-wide grand prize in a $100 Meijer Gift Certificate. Winners will be drawn at each location’s wrap-up party at the beginning of August.

The Manistee Library, located at 95 Maple St., will have weekly story time at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, June 7 to July 26, as well as its Gold Medal Group at 11 a.m. on Mondays, June 20 to July 25, excluding July 4.

The Gold Medal Group, which involves games, challenges and crafts for third- to sixth-graders requires pre-registration, Cosier said, as does the teen lock-in scheduled at the Manistee branch on June 24, starting at 8 p.m.

“We try to do new things every year, but there are a lot of things we bring back every summer because families seem to enjoy them,” Cosier said of the many hands-on events awaiting children and families. “We’ve got some old favorites and some new stuff as well.

“We want to offer safe, free, family-friendly programs this summer,” she said. “And the reading program is a great opportunity for kids. You don’t have to read the accelerated reading books, or the award-winning books, you pick out what you love to read, which kids should have the opportunity to do.”

For more information on the summer reading club or summer programs, call Cosier at (231) 723-2519 or visit any Manistee County Library branch to pick up a program pamphlet.

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Posted by Dylan Savela

Dylan is the county reporter for the News Advocate, he also is in charge of the Small Town Life, religion and senior pages. He can be reached at (231) 398-3111 or dsavela@pioneergroup.com.

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