Summer Reading Programs Continue

The Summer Reading Programs are going great.  Wednesday, June 11th and 18th the Morgan Extension Office hosted our Summer Reading Program.  Janice Dixon and Rich Guggenheim  showed the kids how to draw topographical maps.  On the 18th Janice Dixon showed the kids how to make helicopters and kites out of card stock.  Everyone enjoyed themselves.  Thank you to all who helped and participated.  Enjoy the pictures taken from the programs.



Morgan County Genealogical Society

Are you curious about your family background? Do you want to learn more about your family tree? Maybe you have hit a brick wall and have run out of ideas of searching possibilities? Come join the Morgan County Genealogical Society. The group meets every 3rd Monday of each month at the East Morgan County Library in the Carnegie Room.

Every month we host programs about how to research your family history. If you have exhausted all your resources, join us. The group may have additional ideas and suggestions. The group is great for beginners or pros at genealogy. We would enjoy new perspectives and ideas. So, whether you are just starting or have been at it for a long time, you are welcome.

The membership is $10.00 a year for individuals or $15.00 a year for two people from the same household.

For more information you may call Karen at 970-842-4596.

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Summer Reading Program Kick-Off 2014

The Summer Reading Program started Wednesday, June 4th at 6:00 PM.  To get things going, the Brush Fire Department brought their firetrucks for an evening of fun.  Even though it rained, the Firemen were able to give rides, talk about how the fire trucks work and their equipment, and even let people shoot the hose.  The programs for the Summer Reading Program will be Wednesdays at 3:00 PM.  Check out these pictures.


Second Chance Books

What is your first memorable experience with a book?

Woman reading a bookI remember mine vividly. Reading was always something I enjoyed, but my first memory of reading was sitting in a rocking chair by my open bedroom window; the breeze blowing my white curtains, cooling me off from the summer heat. On my face, I wore my “reading glasses,” which were just kid sunglasses with the dark lens popped out. I don’t remember my exact age, probably around 7 or 8 – and the book I was reading was “Little House in the Big Woods” by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

These were favorite books of mine, revisited several times throughout my childhood, and enjoyed each time I read them. Even as an adult, they still hold a special spot on my bookshelf and in my heart.

Growing up, books were my comfort, my entertainment, my friend. So one of the hardest things I do at my job at the library is to take books off the shelf, and try to decide what we are going to keep, and what will be taken down to the book sale to sell.

Some books are easier than others – pages falling out, poor condition…these have had a full life and been read by many. Others can be trickier. So what do we do with those books that have just gotten lost in the stacks? The books that just need us to put on our reading glasses and give them a second chance?

Well, at the library, we put them on our “Last Chance” display. If you stop in, right to the left of the door, the display area there has a selection of books that you could help save.

If you take one and you enjoy it, let us know. We want to know that it mattered to you. You might not enjoy it as much as your first book, but you gave it a second chance and maybe someone else will too.


Fizz, Boom…READ!

5th Grade School Visit pictureAs I look at my schedule for the next month, I feel overwhelmed by the full calendar. However, when I look at the individual activities, I become excited. I have a month full of kids, reading, and fun – all things that make a nerdy children’s librarian’s heart sing! As the East Morgan County Library gears up for the annual Summer Reading Program, Christy and I will finish out May having talked to nearly every child in the Brush School District from Preschool through 8th grade. We visited Thomson Primary at the end of April reading to all the Head Start and Thomson Preschool students, presenting each student with a free book.

For May, every class will visit our library to tour the library and hear about “Fizz, Boom – Read!” This theme is a S.T.E.M. related theme. S.T.E.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. All our activities for the summer will cover this theme. The activities are mainly for Kindergarten through 5th grade, but we will also have our regular Story Times and teen TAG Team meetings. We will have some building and demolition games, some Lego activities with the Lego Guy, some rocketry, the Big Bubble Circus, and visits from the fire department and city. As it is the 100th year of 4-H, we will also combine some programs with the Morgan County Extension Office.

We hope to see many children throughout the summer as they have fun and learn about books and reading. We will encourage them to broaden their horizons through reading and learning. Sign-ups are easy and will start the week of May 27th. We will have a kick-off event the evening of June 4th, which will include a visit from the Brush Fire Department and stories and snacks around campfires. The remainder of our events will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in June and July. We hope to see you there!

Laura McConnell

Children’s/Teen Librarian


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