Libraries Rock is the theme for this year’s summer program

Monika Spaulding, Digital Editor

As the school year comes to a close for county students, things are just starting to wind up at The Salem Public Library. 

Children’s Department Director Donna Hurst said they are getting ready for the annual Summer Reading Program set to begin June 1.

Children can begin signing up the first of June and the program must be completed by July 24 to qualify for the swim party and by July 31 for completion prizes.

Hurst said the children’s program is open to youth from birth through high school age. 

Some programs planned for this year include Rock Painting with Salem Indiana Rocks on June 12; Jeanie B. Music on June 13; Amazon John on June 25 and Hardy Lake Raptor Rehab Center on June 26. 

Story times have also been planned with Toddler Time at 10:30 a.m. and Preschool Story Time at 11:30 a.m. They will begin Tuesday, June 5, and will last through the month of June. Pre-registration is required.

Music with Mr. Davis will be back on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. for youth up to age five. The first event will be June 8. During that time, children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade can enjoy craft time with Ms. Donna.

Hurst said they will hold Family Nights on Monday at 5:30 p.m. every week except for fair week and the week of July 4. Pre-registration is required for craft nights.

Several young adult programs have been planned for 2 p.m. on select Thursdays through the summer, including a ghost walk/history tour, community service projects and craft programs involving ceramic coasters and vinyl records.

Hurst said they are also going to have a Story Walk again, but instead of setting it up along the creek, the stories will be set up on the walking path near the YMCA.

The library is also joining other local organizations and businesses for some community programming, including a pirate program, fairy houses and a dinosaur dig.

In addition to the children’s program, a summer reading program for adults, ages 18 and up, will also begin June 1.

Programs planned include a book club and programs with Joni Muchler from Purdue Extension.

Hurst said there are lots of prizes for both programs for completion, including free books.

For more information, call the library at 812-883-5600.

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