Ice cream will be featured at last summer library event |

Ice cream will be featured at last summer library event

by Heidi Alder

The special library activities for children will be culminating next week in the form of an ice cream party.

It will be held at Minden Park on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at 4 p.m.

“Raley’s is sponsoring the party and providing the cream and ice,” Carol Rapacz said. “So we need the kids to pre-register.”

Rapacz is the children’s librarian who organizes the morning storytimes and afternoon activities held on Wednesdays for youngsters.

To register for the ice cream party, call the library by Tuesday, Aug. 10.

Also in progress at the library is the children’s reading program. The theme for this year has been Reading is a Fine Art.

“We tried to bring in different kinds of the arts,” Rapacz said.

Special activities held this summer at Minden Park included guest harpist Meg McGregor, origami by Dennis Little, children’s singer and musician Nancy Raven and a puppet show performed by Blue Carrot Productions.

The puppet show was rained out of the park and into the library last Wednesday, but the turn-out was still great.

“That room was packed,” Rapacz said, “There were about 70 kids. With parents there were 90 to 100 people there. The kids that were there had a ball.”

The reading program will continue through September to include kids from all tracks of year-round school, Rapacz said.

Children still have time to enroll for the program which requires 16 hours of reading for those who can read, or 16 hours of being read to, for those who can’t. The hours must take place over 16 different days.

“We’re having more people finish than we ever have,” Rapacz said.

As their reward, children will receive a prize from the treasure chest, a paperback book, mini-pizza from Pizza Factory, coupon from McDonald’s and swim pass for the Swim Center, Rapacz said.

To sign up for the reading program, children should visit the library.

“We try to keep people busy using the library and remind them to keep reading,” Rapacz said. “And not just academic, but pleasurable reading.”

Even after the ice cream party, the Wednesday morning storytimes will continue to take place at the park from 10-11 a.m.

“The morning weather has been gorgeous,” Rapacz said.

A guest reader will take over for storytime on Aug. 18 and 25, while Rapacz vacations.

Michelle Rachal will hold a bilingual Spanish and English storytime Aug. 16, 7 p.m. at Minden Park.

To register for Reading is a Fine Art, visit the library at 1625 Library Lane, Minden. For more information and to register for the ice cream party, call Carol Rapacz or the library, at 782-9841.