A week of summer reading activities on the way
Swing by the Lake Oswego Public Library any day next week for fun Summer Reading-related activities and events. The theme of this year's program is "A Universe of Stories," so get ready to get out of this world. Starting Monday, July 15, kids and teens can participate in crafts and other activities.
Summer reading themes each year are chosen on a national level, and local libraries choose how to incorporate athe national resources into their program. This year, Library Youth and Technical Services Manager Andrea Milano and other library staff members were quite fond of the theme, and have decorated the library with out-of-this world decorations, and planned much of their summer programming around the theme.
The week of July 15 will kick off with a "vehicle petting zoo" from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on Monday, where kids can get up close and personal with vehicles that work hard for the City of Lake Oswego. Fire engines, police cars, and other city vehicles are ready for inspection in the library parking lot.
Tuesday's activity is "Make It! Zen Galaxy Jars" where young readers can make colorful, hypnotizing mini-galaxies with common crafting materials. Recommended for grades K-5. This event and all others throughout the week will be held from 2-3 pm.
Wednesday gets musical with M.C. Shoehorn, a tap-dancing saxophonist. Shoehorn is also a "found object" multi-instrumental entertainer and provides a highly entertaining yet educational presentation. Michael "Shoehorn" Conley has worked his whole life to embrace cultural diversity, starting with his experience as an exchange student in Peru, and continuing through his studies of jazz saxophone and rhythm tap, Spanish, Japanese, and other languages, and his interest in peace and environmental awareness, as reflected in his recordings and performances. His work demonstrates not only American art forms, but also illustrates the connections between other races and nations through rhythm and song.
On Thursday, another musician will visit the library: Rich Glauber will present an interactive musical performance for all ages. Glauber is a high spirited, engaging performer who can entertain people aged one to a hundred and one. He is a lightning rod for joyful, uplifting, in-the-moment creativity. At the heart of Glauber's performances is an open invitation to join in, share the magic, have some fun. It is community-building at its best.
The week concludes with another craft activity on Friday. In the "Make It! Bird Feeders and Flower Pots" program, kids will learn how to make something to give back to Earth — after all, plants and animals are a part of the universe too. Recommended for grades K-5.
For a calendar of all library events throughout the summer, visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/calendar?og_group_ref_target_id=13/.
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