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Douglas County Library offers fun for kids and 'Community Read' for adults

The summer reading program, Read Beyond the Beaten Path, begins Monday, June 6.

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Douglas County Library is located at 720 Fillmore St. in the Douglas County Services Center.
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Editor’s note: The following column is from the Douglas County Library.

As the school year winds down, the Douglas County Library has many fun activities planned for kids of all ages.

The summer reading program, Read Beyond the Beaten Path, begins Monday, June 6. There are free programs, movies, and crafts planned for June and July.

Love snakes? Definitely plan on coming to “Snake, Rattle and Roll” from Snake Discovery which will bring reptiles and amphibians that are native to Minnesota to the library.

Love music? The Jolly Pops, a popular band of dads, will be visiting in late June.

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Love magic and juggling? You will not want to miss “George of the Juggle.”

Several of these programs are sponsored by the Douglas County Library Friends and Foundation, which values the importance of entertainment and education at the library.

Program registration for all summer reading programs begins on Wednesday, June 1. All programs are free and offer opportunities for a variety of ages of kids to participate in.

And perhaps most importantly, you can read this summer and win prizes! Do not forget to participate in the reading program. Reading in the summer is the perfect time for kids to read anything they want and practice their literacy skills. Encourage a love of reading all summer long by visiting the library.

For more information about summer reading programs, visit the Douglas County Library website ( http://douglascountylibrary.org ).

Also, Friends of the Library are sponsoring the Community Read again this year. Other sponsors include the Douglas County Library, Bethany on the Lake, the Statewide Heath Improvement Partnership, and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Community Read book discussion this year is, “I Know an Old Lady” by Minnesota author Margaret Standafer. Meet the author as Standafer shares the story of her book, which earned a Minnesota Writes, Minnesota Reads award in the adult fiction category. She will be speaking on Monday, June 13 at the library meeting room at 6 p.m.

Since the book touches on the topic of Dementia, the library thought this would be a good way to incorporate the library's “Memory Loss Resource Center.”

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Speakers will present information about different aspects of dementia:

Annie Erickson, the empathy side, on Tuesday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m.; Rona Karasik, on the technical side, on Monday, June 27 at 4 p.m.; and Dr. Joe Gaulger, on the professional side, on Monday, July 18 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. All the presentations will take place at the library meeting room.

Brochures containing more detailed information about Community Read are available at the library.

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