Summer library programs are great for children |

Summer library programs are great for children

by Heidi Alder

Carson Valley is in the midst of summer fun for children, and the Douglas County Public Library holds a weekly storytime and special activity for children at Minden Park.

“People are having fun in the park for storytimes,” Carol Rapacz said.

Rapacz is the children’s librarian and organizes the morning storytimes and afternoon activities held every Wednesday for youngsters.

She also heads up the Reading is a Fine Art summer program for children to read or be read to for 16 hours.

Children will receive many prizes and goodies and be entered into the drawing held at special events, Rapacz said.

A lot of people came out for the guest harpist Meg McGregor, Turtle Day and Pet Show held the last few weeks in Minden Park.

“We had worms, a rat, guinea pigs, a toy kangaroo, dogs and a toy horse,” Rapacz said of the Pet Show.

Just this week they held an origami class taught by Dennis Little.

Susan Drouin took her three daughters, Jennifer, Jessica and Julie, to origami.

“They have a lot of fun,” Drouin said. “We come for storytime, too.”

“This is the only program for kids,” Myoung Kang, mother of two daughters, Eugenia and Hannah Kim, said. “We come every Wednesday, and we really enjoy it.”

The fun is not over.

“We still have a puppet show and the final ice cream party,” Rapacz said.

The Puppet Show will be put on by Blue Carrot Productions, Aug. 4, 4 p.m. at Minden Park.

“We’ve never had them before,” Rapacz said, “we’re really anxious to see them.”

On Aug. 11, there will be the ice cream party at 4 p.m. at Minden Park.

Also, Michelle Rachal will hold a bilingual 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, call Rapacz at 782-9841.