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Library offering summer activities for kids

Cason Carter, 5, Leighton Carter, 2, and Maple Cunix, 6, use a variety of colors on the wind chimes they colored during story hour Wednesday at the Marietta branch of the Washington County Library. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

This summer, the Marietta branch of the Washington County Library has a lot of activities to keep youngsters occupied.

Some programs will be held indoors, such as story hours, but others will be held outside on the lawn, said Emily Keller, manager of youth services.

“There is a petting zoo this weekend and Oglebay (Zoo) is in July,” she said. “We’ll have a ‘real’ dinosaur outside on the lawn, and a science program.”

She said there is limited space for the science program, so parents must sign their children up. The program is available for 7- to 12-year-olds.

Keller said the library has been busy since the start of warmer weather.

Axelton Sheaves, 3 1/2, concentrates while he colors his wind chime green during story hour Wednesday at the Marietta branch of the Washington County Library. (Photo by Michele Newbanks)

“Now that things have opened up and people have the chance to browse the stacks, there have been a lot more people in here. It’s nice to see new and familiar faces,” she said.

For the younger crowd, story hour has a different theme each week.

“We have a craft every week with story time. Usually Miss Kate will read several stories, they’ll watch a short video, then they get to do the craft that matches the theme,” Keller said.

Story hour for children ages 3 to 6 is every Wednesday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Upcoming topics include:

Garrett Martin, 4, works on coloring his wind chime with a yellow marker during story hour Wednesday at the Marietta branch of the Washington County Library. (Photo by Michele Newbanks)

¯ June 16 – Father’s Day.

¯ June 23 – Turtles.

¯ June 30 – Giraffes.

¯ July 7 – Elephants.

¯ July 14 – Fish.

¯ July 21 – Crocodiles and alligators.

¯ July 28 – Horses.

Keller said they’ve had a lot of 7- to 10-year-olds sign up for the summer reading program.

“We had an excellent turnout. We were worried what kind of numbers we’d get for this year and I think about 180 kids have signed up for summer reading. We’ve only been at this a week,” she explained. “We’re doing really well.”

There is a flier available at the library which lists the many activities through the summer reading program called “Tails and Tales.”

June programs include:

¯ June 12 – Pampered Pets Petting Zoo from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All ages welcome.

¯ June 16 – Dinos in Ohio! from 2-3 p.m. for ages 5 and up. Meet a “real” dinosaur.

¯ June 18 – Science with author Diana Perry from 1-3 p.m. for ages 6 to 12. Participate in fun science and weather experiments. Space is limited. Sign-ups are required.

¯ June 21 – Peppa Pig Party from 1-2 p.m. for ages 3 to 6. Sign-ups are required.

¯ June 24 – Humane Society of the Ohio Valley from 1-4 p.m. all ages welcome.

July programs include:

¯ July 2 and 16 – Science with author Diana Perry from 1-3 p.m. for ages 6 to 12. Participate in fun science and weather experiments. Space is limited. Sign-ups are required.

¯ July 10 – Zoo to You with Oglebay Zoo from 11 a.m.-noon. All ages welcome.

¯ July 13 – Squirt Gun Painting from 1-2 p.m. for ages 7 to 12. Get creative and paint your own shirt with a squirt gun.

¯ July 19 – Puppy Pals Sleepover for ages 5 and up. Make your own loveable puppy, then let them stay the night at the library and pick them up the next day. Sign-ups are required for this program.

¯ July 24 – Animal Crossing in Real Life from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for ages 7 to 12. Sign-ups are required for this program.

Keller said the reading program will finish at the end of July.

“Then we’ll take August off to get ready for fall and start story time up again in September,” she said.

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