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Posted on: May 25, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Kids: Get On Your Mark, Get Set READ!! This June @ Your Lewis & Clark Library!

Kids: Get On Your Mark, Get Set READ!! This June @ Your Lewis & Clark Library!

May 25, 2016 (Helena, MT)—Race into reading this summer @ Your Lewis & Clark Library! Each week, beginning June 14th, elementary school-aged children will be treated to interactive programs based on this year’s theme during Tuesday Tales. Tuesday Tales takes place each week June thru July from 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. in the Lewis & Clark Library Helena Branch’s Large Meeting Room. From magicians and storytellers to puppet shows, kids will be encouraged to explore their world through reading, activities, and performances.

“This summer we are pleased to bring back Charlie Williams, ‘the Noiseguy,’ to the Library for some noise-making fun!” explained Lewis & Clark Library Children’s Librarian, Marissa Bazan. Williams is a vocal sound impressionist who can imitate the sound of planes, trains, automobiles, and much, much more! This talented performer is also a kids’ comedian, author, illustrator and onomatopoet. A former children’s librarian, Williams travels the country introducing noise into all his stories. He encourages even the most reluctant reader to make noise when they’re reading. Williams will be at the Lewis & Clark Library Helena Branch on Tuesday, June 14th. He will also visit each of the Lewis & Clark Library branch libraries while in Montana.

Summer Reading Program favorite Markie Scholz and Dragons are Too Seldom will return for another year of storytelling and puppetry fun on Tuesday, June 21st. This year’s program, “Daisy’s Mad Dash,” focuses on the adventures of Daisy Dragon. When Daisy’s peaceful world is shattered by the prospect of being the last dragon in the world, she must rely on her friends to help her make a mad dash to rescue all of dragon-kind! Master puppeteer, Markie Scholz has been traveling the U.S. for over forty years, bringing her fast-paced, family friendly programs to libraries and schools everywhere.

On June 28th, kids of all ages will be encouraged to get active with an interactive and fun martial arts themed program with local Judo instructor, Gregg Trude. Trude, a Judo Coach, will teach kids the skills they need to maintain an active lifestyle.

In addition to Tuesday Tales, elementary aged kids and their care-givers can participate in some LEGO and sporting activity with two fun events, LEGO Car Palooza and Sprotin’ Arts & Crafts. LEGO Car Palooza for kids, K-5 in the Large Meeting Room 3-4 P.M. on Monday, June 13th. Participants will build a LEGO car, attach a balloon to it, and race their cars!
Sportin’ Arts & Crafts for all ages from 3-4 P.M. in the Large Meeting Room on Monday June 20th. Come and create a sporty craft just for you or for your grownup! Supplies will be on hand to support the fun.
Bazan, is introducing a new reading incentive program this summer to replace Four-to-Score. Students in grades K-5th can join the Lewis & Clark Library Summer Reading Club and complete eight cool activities on the “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ sheet, once the sheet is completed, they can return it to the Library for a prize. Bazan explains that “the summer reading club is geared for kids in gradesK-5, however parents/caregivers are strongly encouraged to participate with their youngest kiddos, too!”

For Pre-School aged children, Bazan hosts story time two times a week on the Story Steps. Story time introduces young readers to the wonders of reading through a half-hour, interactive story session that brings books alive for the little ones.

For Children ages birth through toddler (and their grownups), Books & Babies will continue through the summer. “Books & Babies offers a fun, informal social hour full of rhymes, songs, and play designed to encourage movement and get kids excited about the Library,” explained Christine Stinson, program organizer. “To watch their eyes light up and get excited about books is the best part of my job,” explained Stinson. Books & Babies meets Mondays at 10:30 A.M. and 1:30 P.M. On Tuesday’s the group will meet at 10:30A.M. on the story steps for an interactive activity.

Many of these programs will be repeated at our branch libraries in Augusta, East Helena, and Lincoln so check our website at for a complete schedule and times and remember, There’s Always Something Going on @ Your Lewis & Clark Library!


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