Summer Sign-Up set Saturday
The Fairfield Public Library is hosting its annual Summer Sign-up from 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the library.
Youth can register for the library’s free “Fizz, Boom, Read” science-themed summer reading program, as well as register and learn about other community organizations’ offerings during the Summer Sign-up.
Youth librarian Afton Hallauer said Saturday is the kick-off for the library’s summer reading program. It is the first day participants can sign up and pick up their logbooks.
The reading program has two logbooks this year: one is for recording every 15 minutes spent reading; the other, new this year, is a log to record finishing set activities, such as reading a biography about a scientist or conducting a science experiment at home. Filling out and turning in logbooks allows participants to earn prizes, said Hallauer.
Kids can get a jumpstart on filling out their reading logs and sign up for prizes by participating in the reading marathon during Summer Sign-up Saturday inside the library, she continued.
But the summer reading program isn’t just about reading, pointed out Hallauer.
“We will have events at the library in June and July,” she explained. “Every Wednesday, we’ll have an experiment/craft day, with moon sand, paper airplane races and more. Every Friday, we’ll show ‘Bill Nye The Science Guy’ at 2 p.m. … And as always, we’ll have our twice a week story times and our Lego time.”
The library also will be hosting special guests, such as the Iowa Insect Zoo, the Science Center of Iowa, Jefferson County Naturalist Therese Cummiskey and mime and magician Fax Gilbert.
The insect zoo visit, set for 5:30 p.m. June 16, is the only program requiring advanced registration because space is limited. A registration sheet is available at the library’s front desk.
“All other events are free and open to everyone with no cut off and no sign up,” said Hallauer.
A calendar listing the events can be found on the library’s website at www.fairfield.lib.ia.usa.
In addition to the summer reading program, kids and their parents can visit other booths during Summer Sign-up to learn about additional organizations and their programs.
Booths are to be hosted by Fairfield Park and Recreation Department, GoJindy, Jefferson County Fair, Jefferson County 4-H, the NEST Program, Camp Wonder, Fairfield Farmers’ Market, Two Roads Educational Arts and Theater, Fairfield Art Association and Fairfield Art of Dance.
In addition to its booth, Hallauer said, Fairfield Art of Dance is planning to teach kids a dance they can perform together in the library’s parking lot.
The afternoon also will include a Fairfield police car and possibly a Fairfield fire truck that kids can look inside, face painting, a story corner and a book sale hosted by Friends of the Fairfield Public Library.
Hallauer said while the Summer Sign-Up is 1-4:30 p.m., the book sale runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.
Proceeds from the sale of books donated by area residents and withdrawn from the library shelves help fund some of the library’s wants and needs that are above its budget, such as the summer reading program, Seed Savers Exchange, author events and more.
Anyone interested in joining Friends of the Fairfield Library can sign up and pay the annual dues at the book sale. Dues are $10 for an individual, with couples and family rates also available.
Those who would like to donate books for the sale can drop books off any time at the library’s front desk.
For information about the Summer Sign-up and summer reading program, call Hallauer at 472-6551.