The "Dream Big, Read!" summer story hour series kicked off June 6 at the Norma Anders Public Library in Dysart. The summer story is made possible by the Dysart Community Foundation which granted the library $400 to be used for the series which will run June 13, 20, and 27 from 1-2 p.m. Pre-registration is not required and children preschool ages through second grade are welcome to participate.
The theme of the first story hour was Big Pet Adventures. Children's Librarian Rachelle Frost read a series of books about unique pets including dragons and elephants, much to the amusement of the children. Afterwards, the younger children made origami Clifford dogs and the older children colored pictures to be used as part of a story board.
Games, stories, crafts, and snacks can be anticipated during the upcoming story hours. On June 13, Police Chief Jason Dunagan will be present for the Big Hero/Career Day story hour. On June 20, children can expect an indoor campfire experience during the Camp Read S'more story hour. The final story hour on June 27 will be a pajama party.
At top, Children’s Librarian Rachelle Frost (right), reads stories to the children attending the Big Pet Adventures story hour on June 6. Above, the younger children in attendance make origami Clifford dogs during story hour at the library.
Children participating in the program will record how many books they read to compete for top reader status in each grade level. Top readers will receive prizes at the final story hour. The program is designed to encourage children to read throughout the summer and will also include weekly prizes for those who turn in weekly reading logs. The library will also give coupons for free admission to Blank Park Zoo to those who complete the program.