HYRUM — School is almost over for the year, which means local kids will transition to being home for the summer. Some think that as school winds down, so do the libraries, but that’s not the case.
At the Hyrum Library every summer the library steps things up with a lot of different programs for adults, but mostly for children. On KVNU’s For the People program on Tuesday, Children’s Librarian Ariel Ballard said they’re gearing up for an exciting summer.
“Yeah, we do a lot. We actually start planning for our Summer Reading program back in January every single year. It’s like a year-long process to prepare for everyone and get all of these programs together, a lot of team work for all of the librarians here at the Hyrum Library to get everything prepared and ready to go. It’s a lot of fun,” Ballard explained.
She said every year there’s a theme and this year it’s “All Together Now.” Some of the events include “Touch a Truck” where kids can see trucks and vehicles from around the community, such as ambulances.
She said to sign-up your children for summer reading you need to be a patron and have a card with the library, and it’s easy to do if you live in Hyrum, Nibley or Wellsville. You just need a utility bill and a photo I.D.to get a card. You can sign-up online starting on June 1st.
“And then if you don’t sign up before that, we have a kick-off party on (June) 5th starting at 6:30 over at Hyrum City Square. We have bounce houses, treats, all that stuff. You can sign-up there, get the welcome packet. Basically, the welcome packet includes all the information about the program, details, the challenger, as well as the fun little activity packet, and you’ll also get reading logs. Each child and teen will have a reading log and they log minutes read, and you’ll get all of that after you sign up; it’s really easy to do.”
As part of the program, the team librarian is going to put together a community collection drive program to put together kits for Little Lambs Foundation for Kids. They will be collecting things like diapers, pull-ups, baby wipes, even toothbrushes and toothpaste.
“Yes, so that’s part of our teen program. We’re asking for collections of those items. You can find all the items listed on our Facebook, they’ll also be in our welcome packet that you’ll get when you sign-up for Summer Reading. But, basically, we’re going to collect all of those things and then the teens will have a program and put those kits together with all the items that we’ve collected throughout the summer. It will be a really good way for us to give back to the community.”
You can get more information at the library at 50 W. Center, at HyrumCity.org/library, or their Facebook page for Hyrum Library.