Great River Regional Library is giving teens and children a chance to win a blue ribbon and visit the Minnesota State Fair this year.
The library is having a Blue Ribbon Reader contest for children and teens ages 8 to 18. They are being asked to hand-write a one-page essay to answer this question: Why do you love to read? All entries must be completed on the official essay entry sheet available from the library. Entries must be submitted to a branch of Great River Regional Library on or before Saturday, July 27.
Each of the library’s 32 branches will select a winner who will receive a certificate. A Grand Prize winner will be selected from those, and he or she will receive four free tickets to the Minnesota State Fair together with a big blue ribbon! The tickets will be good for any day the fair is open. The Blue Ribbon Reader Grand Prize is funded by the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators.
The Minnesota State Fair has a Read & Ride Day on Wednesday, Aug. 28. On that date, public library card holders will receive a discounted admission ticket price when they purchase a ticket at the gate and present a valid library card (one discount per card).
Great River Regional Library provides library services at 32 public libraries in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. It provides Central Minnesota residents with nearly 1 million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, programming and information services.
The P.E.N. (Eden Valley writers group) will meet from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at the Eden Valley Area Library/Event Center. All ages welcome! Subject to be determined. For information contact Pat Schultz at (320) 453-2083.
Aye, A Treasure Chest! – June 24
The Kimball Public Library is offering a make and take program called Aye, a Treasure Chest! For children ages 7 to 12 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 24. Decorate your own wooden treasure chest that you can take home to fill with treasures. The attendance limit is 12 and preregistration is required. (Walk-ins will be welcome if the program does not fill with pre-registrations.)
Sunshine Storytime – June 26
Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to attend Sunshine Storytime at the Kimball Public Library 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 26. Children will enjoy stories, songs and a fun craft.
Children of all ages were awed by magician and illusionist Jared Sherlock at the Kimball Area Public Library's summer reading program kickoff and ice cream social Monday,June 10, at Willow Creek Park. The library has a number of special events and programs scheduled throughout the summer.
The independent Eden Valley Area Library has received new books for teens. These and other books are ready to borrow for summer reading.
Great River Regional Library (GRRL) will begin its annual Summer Reading Program (SRP) for children and teens ages 0-18 Monday, June 10, continuing through Saturday, Aug. 10 The SRP will be offered at all 32 GRRL locations in Central Minnesota.
Two programs are offered: “Dig Into Reading” for children from birth through sixth grade, and “Beneath The Surface” for children entering grades 6 through 12. Children entering sixth grade may choose to register for either program. “Dig Into Reading” includes a baby/toddler program for ages 0 to 3 to enjoy with their parents/caregivers. Watch for fun SRP additions on the library website at www.griver.org.