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Library kicks off summer reading program

"Get a Clue @ Your Library" is the theme for this year's Summer Reading Program at the West Fargo Public Library. The program will run June 11 through July 27 and is open to all children who have completed Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. Registration will begin Monday, June 11, with the event schedule given out during registration. Students may sign up for the free program anytime through July 26. All that is required is their name, phone number, and the grade completed. Parents do not have to be sign anything.

Library employee Diane Fink, who is coordinating the program for the second year in a row, said she really enjoys working with the kids and is looking forward to being a part of this exciting program. "It's get a clue, so if we can unlock the mystery of many things, we'll be in good shape. The activities we have planned should be lots of fun and interesting for the kids to accomplish."

Upon registering, students will receive the necessary information, including a spy code program as well as a reading log outlining how many books or pages they need to read in their respective categories to qualify for a grand prize that will be awarded at the programs conclusion.

Weekly events on a variety of topics have been scheduled that should appeal to all age and interest levels, Fink said. She emphasized these programs are not restricted to those involved in the summer reading program but open to anyone in the community who would like to attend.

The line-up includes:

June 12 - 3 to 4 p.m., Tour of Library and putting together secret code book.

June 13 - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Get a clue about another land; and "Getting Buggy" with NDSU entomology Dan Carey doing a presentation on 'things that crawl.'

June 20 - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., officer Eric Wiinanen from the West Fargo Police Department speaking about Fingerprints and Summer Safety.

June 21 - At 6:30 p.m., master storyteller Judith Simundson weaves tales of trolls and other fantastic creatures from Nordic folklore.

June 27 - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., a session on pets by Joanna Schmidt from the West Fargo Animal Hospital including a film on "How Not to Get Bit" and "X-rays Who is This?"

The week of July 2 through July 6 there will be no programs because of the 4th of July Holiday.

July 11 - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Doug Leier, a biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department will do a presentation on wildlife.

July 18 - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Curator Allison Ostgarden from Bonanzaville will introduce a docent, Naomi Anderson, who will characterize Mary Dodge Woodward of the Checkered Years House, a young pioneer girl who lived on a bonanza farm.

July 24 - 3 to 4 p.m. will be Make a Craft session time.

July 25 - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. will highlight "Discover Hobbies," featuring a String Band, with some handmade instruments, scrapbooking, note card making, woodcraft, and several others. Several people from the community will be at tables demonstrating different projects that can be completed.

Participants in the summer reading program will receive special prize bags, sponsored by local participating businesses, when they turn in their reading logs, with two prize bags the maximum. The program will also conclude with a special party at a date and time to be announced during the first week in August.

Fink said she is in need of volunteers to assist with different aspects of the program. Anyone interested in helping out can give her a call at 433-5460. The Library is located in the Lodoen Community Center at 109 3rd St. E.

Any children in need of rides to and from the Library may ride the MetroBus free this summer by showing their library card. Children under 5 years of age always ride free.