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Library summer reading program offered to area children

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“READiscover Nevada” is the theme for the summer reading program sponsored by the Douglas County Public Library.

All ages may sign up for the reading program, which runs from June through September. There is a Read-To-Me program for preschoolers. Older brothers and sisters may get credit for reading to their younger siblings. Prizes include a paperback book, bookmark, treasure from the treasure chest, coupon from McDonald’s, a certificate coupon from Round Table Pizza, swim center pass and more surprises. Weekly drawings will be held for prizes donated by Pizza Barn, Dairy Queen and the Friends of the Library.

The big special event of the summer will be a Chautauqua presentation of “Sarah Winnemucca: As Long As the Grass Shall Grow” by Alexandra Voorhees, veteran Chautauquan. Many of Sarah Winnemucca’s experiences are counted in her book, “Life Among the Paiutes.” The program is to be held in Minden Park on Wednesday, June 21, at 6 p.m. Families are invited to bring a picnic. “Sarah Winnemucca” is funded by the Nevada Humanities Committee and the Friends of the Library.

The remaining special events will take place at the library on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. Special events this summer include:

– June 28, Tahoe Tessie will visit the library. Hear her story. Author Alora Knight will read her story about the Tahoe bears, “Tola and Tara.”

– July 5, Nevada ranching with Betty Cordes, who will provide branding irons and a display of many unusual uses of cows and their by-products.

– July 12, Desert Tortoise Day. Live desert tortoises will wander the library grounds for a hands-on experience. Meet the state reptile with Cary Larsen.

– July 19, Kids’ Day. What was it like for children to live in Nevada 100 years ago? Linda Butterbredt from Nevada State Parks will present toys and games from long ago, and children will make real lemonade from lemons.

– July 26, The Pony Express. Learn about his special time in Nevada history.

– Aug. 2, Origami with Dennis Little. Little will share his love of the fascinating hobby of Japanese paper folding. Everyone will take home a project.

– Aug. 9, Ice Cream Party. The favorite event of the summer for all participants in the summer reading program and their families. Kids will make homemade ice cream in a can. Children will provide the toppings. Registration is required. Limit is 75 children.

Storytime is offered all summer every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. for all children ages 3 and up. Storytime is 45 minutes of stories, poems and activities related to the day’s theme. Children off-track are welcome.

Carson Valley residents are invited to become a Friend of the Library and support the library. For more information, contact Carol Rapacz, community program coordinator at the Douglas County Public Library, 1625 Library Lane, Minden, 782-9841.