’Imagine your story’ at Pratt Public Library

Fran Brownell
Pratt Tribune

Pratt Public Library’s 2020 Summer Reading Programs have started but there’s still time for tots, pre-teens, teens and adults to enroll.

“We’re actively pursuing every opportunity to provide programming for our youth. It’s our top priority,” said library director Eric Killough.

The theme for all age groups this summer is “Imagine Your Story.”

For the second year, the Pratt Wildlifers’ Summer Reading Challenge is providing opportunity for kids age 3 through 4th grade to earn a fishing pole by reading eight books featuring outdoor activities and completing a short questionnaire, said children’s librarian Lea Ann Holland.

Holland said the Wildlifers’ Challenge was started three years ago through the efforts of Bob Schmisseur and Bill Hlavachick, adding that parental consent is required.

“Kids are excited and we’ve already had a winner,” Holland said. “It’s a special blessing this year because outdoor activities are being encouraged.”

There are other prizes as well for children who read or listen to eight books. Holland said the library provides a reading chart to take home and keep track of the time they spend reading or being read to.

The reading chart provided by the library has 50 circles to color in to earn a prize from the library’s treasure chest.

“Kids color in a circle for each five minutes they read or listen to a story,” Holland said.

Pratt Library Storytime is now on-line via Facebook and Instagram with Holland – she’s Miss Lea Ann to kids—live at 10 a.m. Thursdays. The posts are left up for viewing at any time, Holland said.

Teens and adults are also eligible to register and win prizes. For teens the prizes are based on a point per page: 250 points earns a sticky note pad, 500 points earns a drawstring book bag and 1,000 points earns a water bottle.

Adults can earn a prize through drawings, with every book read earning a chance for an entry in a drawing for Chamber Bucks.

The Summer Maker Program headed by activities director Derese McAbee has reversed gears and switched from a “Make and Take” mode to a “Take and Make” event.

“This program is for all ages,” McAbee said. “Get a kit for every family member to take home and create together.”

There’s a new project every week and there is no charge to participate, McAbee said.

The project for this week (June 8-12) is the choice of a fairy or wizard wand. Upcoming projects are June 15-19, decorated water bottle; June 22-26, paint a woodland fairy house; June 29-July 3, fairy or dragon wings; July 6-10, unicorn or dragon dreamcatcher; July 23-17 mermaid or dragon egg: and July 20-25, popsicles.

To be eligible for prizes, participants should submit a picture of themself and their completed project through Facebook or come to the library to have their picture taken.

McAbee said there will be weekly drawings for those who complete the project for the week and there will also be a grand prize drawing for those who complete at least five projects. Award for the grand prize drawing will be announced.