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Douglas County Library launches summer reading program

"Make a Splash - READ!" is the theme of the Douglas County Library's summer reading program.

Children will explore the world of water and water fun through stories, songs, games and other activities about oceans, rivers, lakes and pools and the creatures that live there.

The 2010 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through elementary school, with programs, prizes, story hours, lunch bunch group and more.

Activities begin Monday, June 14 with the "Lunch Bunch." School-age kids are invited to bring their lunches to the library meeting room. Voyager Elementary School Media Specialist Kathy Johnson will share stories and activities on Mondays and Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. No advance registration is required.

Preschool story hour begins June 15. Children's Librarian Karen Simmons will present three weekly story times for children ages 3 to 5 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m No registration is required.

On Friday, June 18 at 1 and 2:30 p.m. on the Runestone Museum lawn, Storyteller Bob Gasch will tell the story, Is the Water Wet? about a brother and sister spending the summer in pools, lakes and rivers, learning to swim, going off the diving board, playing water games and looking for sea monsters and mermaids and Campfire Tales, a variety of stories: some spooky, some nature lore.

Everyone is invited to attend this free program provided by Viking Library System Legacy Funds and the Douglas County Library.

Two additional special programs will be held in July - Magician Star Michaelina will be at the library on July 8 and Bruce the Bug Guy will present a program July 23. Call the Douglas County Library at (320) 762-3013 or check the library website at for more information.