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Jasper County Tribune

Blast off

Baxter summer reading program is ‘Out of this World’

Kids watch as "the scientist" from Absolute Science performs an experiment during the kick off to the Baxter Library's summer reading program "A Universe of Stories."
Kids watch as "the scientist" from Absolute Science performs an experiment during the kick off to the Baxter Library's summer reading program "A Universe of Stories."

The summer reading program at Baxter Public Library is going to be out of this world. Kids can blast off into “A Universe of Stories” for the 2019 program which kicked off with Absolute Science May 30 at the library.

The library was packed as “the scientist” wowed with invisible ink, balloon popping lasers and many more magical scientific experiments. Absolute Science was just the first of many events planned for the summer reading program.

“We almost always get about 100 kids for these programs, almost every time,” library director Marie Van Beek said.

The theme, “A Universe of Stories” was selected by library professionals to help inspire children of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves and create their own story. It also coincides with NASA’s 60 years of achievement and its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

In Baxter, activities continue June 6 and 13 with reading programs for preschool and kindergarteners at 10 a.m. and chapter book readers at 11 a.m. On June 20, Fax Gilbert will take the stage at 10 a.m. to share his “Mime, Masks and Magic” interactive concert program. Wild Times Exotics will bring a zoo of animals to the library at 10 a.m. June 25. Kids may even get to the chance to pet, hold or even kiss an animal at the event.

Three events are scheduled in July starting with Jester Puppets at 10 a.m. July 11. The Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped with bring Sensing the Cosmos at 10 a.m. July 18. The final event with preschool to kindergarten aged kids at 10 a.m. and chapter book readers at 11 a.m. is a scavenger hunt July 25.

All ages are welcome to sign up the summer reading program and work their way toward prizes. While it is often popular with the younger crowd, Van Beek said students in high school often participate, as well.

“The ones that have been doing it for years keep doing it,” Van Beek said.

For more information about the Baxter Library summer program or to pick up a reading log, visit the library at 202 E. State St.

Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534 or jpierson@newtondailynews.com

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