Kids can read for fun and more this summer

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library hopes to “Build a Better World” with youths this summer.

The annual Summer Reading program kicks off June 1 and ends July 19, said youth services librarian Lis Ann Morehart. Some of the summer activities will be held at Southside Elementary School while the rest will be held at the library.

Prizes available

Games and other activities will be broken into age groups of birth-5, kindergarten-4th grade and teens. Kids can keep score of their activities on game cards and register for prizes. Kids who read more than the minimum may enter into a drawing for prizes, Morehart said. Teens will keep score on bingo cards.

Summer Reading is a bit of a misnomer as the program engages children through many physical activities as well.

Certain activities, like playing Minecraft, count for credit, Morehart said. Other activities include participating in the Duck River Cleanup and making educational crafts like building birdhouses. Tuesdays will feature a STEM challenge (science, technology, engineering and math) using Lego blocks. The library will screen kids’ movies throughout the summer.

Let’s go...Lego!

Morehart said she hopes to start a Lego Club, but she has no Legos at this time; the library is requesting donations of the toys. The library also needs volunteers to help run the program.

The library also will host its regular Storytime and World Travelers events for kids.

Teens will have the option of such fun activities as crafts, a community yard sale, a cosplay cardboard competition, a Harry Potter-theme event, and more.

Game cards, bingo cards and a calendar of events may be picked up from the library’s front desk when registering or printed off from the library’s website, where you may register as well, Morehart said. The website is