The Loogootee Public Library’s Summer Reading Program will blast off today for ages preschool through age 12 with a street dance from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the library’s current downtown location. Although the program’s space theme mirrors that of most public library summer reading programs throughout the nation, children’s librarian and new hire Jennifer Zehr has incorporated some unique activities and field trips that she hopes will give her interpretation of the widely utilized “A Universe of Stories” curriculum a custom feel.

“In addition to reading books for points toward prizes, we are offering a full calendar of events ranging from story/craft time, to Jedi training, to field trips including one to the Gus Grissom Memorial at Spring Mill State Park, and so much more. Our program runs from June 1 to July 16 when we will finish off with a pool party,” said Zehr.

Additionally, the library will be offering programming for ages birth to preschool on Mondays from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. John’s Center on Church Street in Loogootee. Plus there will be a story and craft time on Tuesdays at both 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Be aware that some programming, including Jedi training on June 21 at West Boggs and the Gus Grissom field trip, require pre-registration and might have specific age restrictions. Pre-registration is recommended and can be accomplished by emailing jzehr@loogootee.lib.in.us or calling 812-295-3713.

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