On Monday, 21 preschoolers and 14 adults filled the basement of the Macon Public Library to take part in the summer reading program. The early literacy sessions for ages infants through 5-year-olds will continue each Monday, now through July 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the library basement meeting room.
"Even if they missed the first session children are still welcome to attend," said pre-school program coordinator Jan Eaves.
During the session children were read a story by Eaves' granddaughter Maddie Ewing, completed a simple craft project and listened to music.
"I enjoy helping grandma and I get to play with the little kids and help them," said Maddie.
Eaves also travels on Tuesday mornings to present a program for preschoolers attending Little Tykes Daycare and the Community Child Development Center.
Sessions for youth ages 6-10 began on Tuesday, June 4. The group will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. on June 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23 and on Saturday June 15 from 10:30 to 11:30.
The Tweens & Teens group for ages 11 to 17-year-olds will meet for their first session Thursday, June 6 from 4 to 5 p.m. Other sessions are scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. on June 13, 27, July 11, 18, 25 and from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m on Saturday June 15.
The two older age groups are under the direction of Jennifer Robuck.
This year's theme is Dig Into Reading. Children who meet reading requirements will be awarded prizes at the completion of the program. You do not have to be a library member to participate in the programs.
The summer reading program at the library is a long standing tradition, but this year a Library Services and Technology Act Grant is enabling the library staff to offer many new activities.
The grant provides Missouri libraries opportunities to improve library service based on LSTA priorities and Missouri State Library goals.
"We would not be able to do all this without the grant," said library director Teri Mayhew. "We are also supported by donations from many local businesses."
Several special Children's Programs are scheduled throughout June and July.
The first event, Wild Heart Music Concert, was held today, Wednesday, June 5. See the schedule along side the story for additional children and new adult programs that have been added this year including three history of Mining in Macon County programs presented by Steve Blomberg. The first mining program, The Early Years—Individual Mines and Small Communities, was presented on June 1.
All activities will take place in the library basement meeting room. For more information you may call the library at 660-385-3314.