SM Library Summer Reading

Pinky Humphrey (right) and Claudia Lounsbury invite St. Maries youth to enjoy a summer of reading, events and more at its summer reading program. In addition to promoting literacy among local children, the program will feature special presentations by local organizations, including the Benewah County Sheriff's Office, St. Maries Ambulance and more.

Students can explore “A Universe of Stories” at the St. Maries Public Library as they kick of their space-themed summer reading program June 24.

In addition to the usual reading program, which seeks to keep children reading for up to 600 minutes over the summer, the program will feature a number of projects for their education and entertainment. In keeping with this year’s theme, the library will begin the program with a special space-themed event June 24 at noon.

“We’re going to have Mr. Chet Bart, the NASA Solar System Ambassador for Idaho, come in to share his experience with the class,” Librarian Pinky Humphrey said.

The events will keep coming throughout the summer. There will be three more outdoor activities on July 1, 8 and 15, featuring presentations by some of the organizations that keep St. Maries safe and running smoothly.

“We’ll have quite a few activities outdoors this year,” Mrs. Humphrey said. “We’re going to have the St. Maries Ambulance, city maintenance crew and Benewah County Sheriff’s deputies come out with their vehicles and talk to them about their work.”

The outdoor events will cap off with a special show by Mayor Tom Carver July 29. The mayor, along with a number of his friends in aviation, will put on a special aircraft show for a family fun day at the St. Maries Airport.

Registration for the summer reading program has already begun, and will continue through June 24. There is no cost for registration. Students will receive a reading log to keep track of their progress throughout the summer. Those who complete 600 minutes of reading through August 20 will receive special prizes, including a state park pass, free ice cream, gift bag and a chance to win a gift certificate from the Chamber of Commerce. Those who complete activities at the library will also receive prizes.

For more information, contact the St. Maries Public Library at 208-245-3732.

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