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May 17 - August 9

2024 Summer Reading

READING CHALLENGES, PRIZES & FUN EVENTS

Join MCPL for all kinds of adventures this summer!

Events

WEEKLY EVENTS

run through the month of June

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Storytime

TUESDAYS @ 10:00AM

Listen to stories and do crafts! Stories and fun geared to pre-K but all ages welcome. 

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Picnic in the Park

WEDNESDAYS @ 11:45AM

Bring your lunch and join us in the library park for exciting theme-related special programs.

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Explore + Craft

THURSDAYS @ 1:30PM

Use your imagination! Registration not required, but is recommended.

STORYTIME

Tuesdays @ 10:00AM

Geared to pre-K, all ages welcome. Themed stories and sometimes songs/snacks/activities, too! 

Storytime Details
PICNIC IN THE PARK

Wednesdays @ 11:45AM

All ages welcome. Bring a picnic lunch, something comfy to sit on, and enjoy a special themed outdoor program!

Picnic Park Details
EXPLORE + CRAFT

Thursdays @ 1:30PM

Explore and learn with Sheri, our Children's Librarian. Then, get to make cool things with a corresponding craft! Designed for kids who have just completed 2nd Grade and up.

Explore+Craft Details

SPECIAL EVENTS

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SUMMER READING KICK-OFF

Wednesday, May 22 @ 11:45AM - Library Park

Special kick-off event will feature magician Jeff Quinn. He has been a full-time professional magician for almost 30 year. The 40-45 minute show will include lots of audience participation, family-friendly humor and magic designed to entertain all ages. 

For more information, visit https://www.jeffquinnmagic.org/. 

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AUTHOR VISIT - KARLA BAUER

Thursday, June 20 @ 10AM - Meeting Room

Karla Bauer, a Kansas City native, will present her children’s lullaby book, “Be Still - A Mother’s Lullaby.” 

Bauer writes music that is an expression of poetry, passion and faith. As an independent music artist, she has written and produced five studio albums and published a Christmas musical.

For more information, visit https://www.karlabauer.com/.

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SUMMER READING CELEBRATION

Tuesday, July 22 @ 5:30PM - Library Park

Join Friends of the Mary Cotton Public Library to celebrate the end of Summer Reading with a fun event. Food vendors, games, drawings for ticket prizes and fun!

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HELLER MARTIAL ARTS

Thursday, August 1 @ 10AM - Library Park

Marcus Heller, 3rd Degree Black Belt of Gshim TaeKwonDo,
and students of Heller Martial Arts will present program on martial arts. They will discuss bullying, fighting, how to prevent it,and how to protect oneself. Interactive practice with fun, easy steps! And more!

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AUTHOR VISIT - JEFFERSON KNAPP

Thursday, August 8 @ 10AM - Meeting Room

Having grown up as a Kansas country boy in the early 80s, Jefferson Knapp took his boyhood home surroundings, his pets, and, using his imagination, created the world of his six-book fantasy series, “The Kingdom at the End of the Driveway.”

For more information, visit jeffersonknapp.com.

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If you use Google, you can go to our Events Calendar, find the ones you want to attend, click "copy to my Google calendar" in the event details, and all your Summer Reading events will be added right to your own calendar!

Sign up today!

Reading Goals

READING GOALS

May 17 - August 9

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GROUP A

0 - 2nd Grade

1st Goal: 25 books

2nd Goal: 10 books

1st Goal: Receive Free Personal Pan Pizza

2nd Goal: Receive Free A&W ice cream cone Every additional 10 books earns ticket

for larger prize drawing.

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GROUP B

3rd - 5th Grade

1st Goal: 15 books

2nd Goal: 5 books

1st Goal: Receive Free Personal Pan Pizza

2nd Goal: Receive Free A&W ice cream cone Every additional 5 books earns ticket

for larger prize drawing.

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GROUP C

6th - 12th Grade

1st Goal: 5 books

2nd Goal: 2 books

1st Goal: Receive Free Personal Pan Pizza

2nd Goal: Receive Free A&W ice cream cone Every additional 2 books earns ticket

for larger prize drawing.

ABOUT READING GOALS

Read, record your books, reach a goal, claim your prize!

 

Everyone who reaches their goal receives a Pizza Hut gift certificate. After the goal is met, keep reading and earn tickets for prize drawings at the end of Summer Reading!

Ticket prize donors include: gift cards and items from Hiawatha Creamery, A&W, Sycamore Springs, The Traveling Art Teacher, Sabetha Health Mart & Downtown Coffee, and more!

Write them down! You'll get a themed reading log when you pick up your welcome packet at the library. These aren't required, though, so feel free to bring in any list to the library and the staff will count them up!

How to log books

Write them down! Our paper, age-group-specific reading logs are great because they help visualize progress towards each goal. Be sure to get one when you register in-person or you can always print one from here. These aren't required, though, so feel free to bring in any list to the library and the staff will count them up!

Bring that reading log or list in to the library and show a staff member you've reached your goal! They'll double check the total books and mark that level is completed on that child's registration sheet (we keep them all in a big binder). Hooray!

How to earn a prize

Bring that reading log or list into the library and show a staff member you've reached your goal! They'll double check the total books and mark that the goal is completed in our binder. Then, you'll get your prize or ticket for a drawing prize! Hooray!

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Registration

REGISTRATION

Opens Friday, May 17, 2024

There are (2) ways to register:

ONLINE

 Come by the library for your welcome packet when convenient.

IN PERSON

You'll be all set with your welcome packet and reading log!

(PS. If it's still summer, it's not too late to register.)

Be sure to follow us @MaryCottonPublicLibrary
for all things Summer Reading!

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