Summer Sign-Up Saturday at libraryWater Rocks! and the Conservation Station will be part of the fun, plus Friends of the Library will host a summer book sale.
The Fairfield Public Library will host its annual Summer Sign-Up from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the library.
Youth can register for the library’s “Dig Into Reading” summer reading program, but they also can visit booths hosted by other community organizations and learn about their programs.
Booths will be hosted by the Fairfield Art Association, Fairfield Farmers’ Market, Fairfield Park and Recreation Department, GoJindy, Jefferson County 4-H, Jefferson County Parks, Jefferson County NEST program, Maharishi School, Jefferson County Fair Open Class and Two Roads Educational Arts and Theatre.
Youth librarian Jessi Garchik said parents will be able to pick up a summer activities calendar at the Summer Sign-up.
A reading marathan will be held inside the library, with participants eligible to enter a drawing for every 15 minutes they spend reading.
Youth also will be able to visit the Water Rocks! team and tour the Conservation Station Saturday afternoon.
Water Rocks! is a statewide youth water education campaign encouraging the interplay of knowledge, caring and engagement among Iowa’s youth. Through a combination of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and the arts, Water Rocks! challenges and inspires all Iowans toward a greater appreciation of water resources.
The Water Rocks! team will conduct hands-on activities for library visitors to learn more about soil, its properties and why it is important to everyone.
Visitors also will see the Conservation Station, a mobile learning center promoting the importance of good soil and water quality. Its rainfall simulator offers a visual of the connection between land management choices, soil erosion and water quality. The effects of rainfall on surface runoff and subsurface drainage are illustrated for different land surfaces including tillage treatments, buffers and urban pavements.
The Conservation Station, based on the Iowa State University campus, has traveled across Iowa to county fairs, field days, festivals, farmers’ markets and many schools since 2010.
To learn more about Water Rocks!, visit the website www.waterrocks.org. The website has activities, music, videos, the Rock Your Watershed! game, and more, to learn about water. Its sister website www.conservationpack.org offers a closer look conserving natural resources.
The afternoon also is scheduled to include safety instruction from Fairfield police and fire departments.
The Friends of the Library will be hosting its summer book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the library’s meeting room.
The group says it has a “huge selection,” with “something for everyone.”
For information, call Garchik at 472-6551.