School's out in Lawrence-area towns, and children are relishing their newfound freedom. To ward off boredom and keep youngsters busy during the summer hiatus, communities have scheduled a number of summer activities and programs.
The Baldwin pool will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. Special events planned at the pool this summer include a Fourth of July celebration and family nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Kathy Johnston, librarian, said the city library will sponsor a summer reading program called "Read: Discover in 1992." Enrollment will start June 1. All children who read 12 books by the deadline in mid-August will receive a certificate.
Johnston said other activities are on hold until the library moves into its new building at Seventh and High. However, youngsters can sign up to help form a human chain to transfer the children's books to the new library after all else is moved.
The library is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
THE BALDWIN City Recreation Commission is sponsoring a summer recreation program for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. The classes will run from June 15 to July 24, and include arts and crafts, golf, tennis and other indoor and outdoor activities each morning. The registration deadline is Monday.
Baldwin students in kindergarten through eighth grade also can take part in remedial or enrichment classes through the district's summer school program.
Glenda Rockers, summer school secretary, said classes will be held Monday through Thursday mornings June 1-25 at Baldwin Junior High School. Children can receive help in remedial math and reading by teacher recommendation, or can expand their horizons in art, band, computers, gymnastics, science, orienteering, Spanish or storytelling.
About 255 students have enrolled in almost 500 slots.
The Baldwin Ball Assn. also is offering Little League T-Ball for children 5 to 7 years old, girls' softball for 11- to 16-year-old girls, and boys' baseball for boys aged 7 to 19. Steve Grammer, association president, said 366 youngsters are participating this summer.
The Eudora city pool will open for the season Saturday at 1 p.m. and will be open daily from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. The pool will hold special events on Friday Fun Days and also is offering swimming lessons.
Gracie Hopkins, assistant librarian, said the Eudora public library will hold a party to kick off the summer reading program at 1 p.m. Monday. Children through junior high school age can participate in the program, she said. Those who read 20 books by Aug. 2 will receive a certificate and will be eligible for the end-of-summer swim party and picnic.
The library also will show short film strips to anyone interested.
The library is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
THE EUDORA school district will offer summer enrichment classes Monday through Thursday mornings June 8 through July 2. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade can take classes in computers, art, foreign languages, math and reading. Bonnie Brunk, summer school coordinator, expects about 200 students to enroll.
A driver's education class for students 14 and older will get under way June 8, and a summer music program also is on the agenda.
The Eudora Recreation Commission is sponsoring a softball program for girls aged 7 to 18. It also will offer a trip to Starlight Theater on July 11 to see the musical "Peter Pan."
The Eudora Amateur Baseball Assn. is holding T-ball, Little League and Babe Ruth baseball for children from 5 to 15 years old. Rich Moreno, president, said 200 youngsters have registered to play.
Children can take part in a summer recreation program sponsored by the city of Perry, the Perry-Lecompton school district and parent-teacher organizations at the district's schools.
Wayne Ledbetter, an organizer of the program, said construction slated this summer at several school facilities has limited the offerings in the recreation program. But children still have their pick of dance, arts and crafts, gymnastics, basketball, tennis, volleyball, football, soccer, or cheerleading.
The program also will provide access to the elementary school library from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays for the summer reading program.
Ledbetter said the recreation program will feature five sessions of classes starting June 1. About 100 students have enrolled in the program, he said.
Dennis Bedford, president of the Perry Athletic Assn. said about 150 girls and boys 6 to 15 years old are playing ball this summer in a program that runs through the end of July.
The McLouth school district will offer enrichment classes for students in kindergarten through eighth grade each weekday morning June 8-26. Lew Faust, high school principal, said the classes will focus on reading skills, language arts and mathematics, and will involve computer usage and hands-on activities. About 70 students have enrolled in summer school, he said.
The district also is sponsoring a summer music program and driver's education.
Steve Robson, president of the McLouth Ball Assn., said almost 200 youngsters in kindergarten through high school are playing summer ball in McLouth.
Winnie Turner, librarian, said the Tonganoxie public library will hold a summer reading program kickoff party at 2 p.m. June 9 for children of all ages. Children who read 15 books by Aug. 15 will receive a certificate.
The library will hold a story hour from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays starting June 10. Other special events will take place throughout the summer, Turner said.
The library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
The city pool is open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and stays open an hour later on Thursdays.
CHILDREN IN kindergarten through 12th grade can enroll in morning classes to be held June 8 through the end of the month. The program, sponsored by the Tonganoxie Recreation Commission and community education, will include drama, art, Spanish, sign language, dance, supervised gym, track and weekday workouts.
About 165 youngsters have enrolled in the classes.
Community education also is offering pre-college courses June 9 through July 22. Students can enroll in Composition I, Public Speaking, or Pre-Calculus, all 3-credit hour courses. Pre-registration is required.
The Tonganoxie school district also is offering driver's education.
Children can take their parents on another activity sponsored by community education. Family bus trips will go to Starlight Theater to see "Showboat" on July 20, Oceans of Fun on Aug. 4, The New Theater to see "Forever Plaid" on Aug. 9, and the Arabia Steamboat Museum and River City Market in Kansas City on Sept. 12.
Around 500 children ages 4 to 18 are participating in summer ball, according to Brandon Hull, director of the program. Games began Thursday and run through the end of July.
Juanita Sheets, librarian, said enrollment for the summer reading program at the Linwood public library will be held June 10 and 11. Children receive an award for reading a certain number of pages or books by July 17. Students through eighth grade can participate.
Sheets said the library also will hold craft days and other special activities.
The library is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.
About 66 students in Linwood and Basehor also have enrolled in driver's education.
The Oskaloosa public library will hold a summer reading program for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Youngsters who read 20 books by the end of the summer receive a certificate for a free ice cream cone.
The public library will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
The library also will show movies from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays and will hold a story hour on Tuesdays.
Oskaloosa High School is offering driver's education to about 40 students.
Adults and children can flock to the city pool from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Swimming lessons also will be available.
About 280 youngsters aged 5-16 in the community are participating in T-ball, softball and Babe Ruth baseball, according to Tracie Smith, director. The program will wrap up Aug. 1 and 2.
The Wellsville school district will hold driver's education classes for about 40 students, and remedial math and reading assistance will be offered to children in first through sixth grade July 27 through Aug. 14.
The Wellsville library will hold a summer reading program for children in preschool through junior high school. For every five books a child reads, his or her name will be included in a drawing for a number of prizes. A grand prize of a $50 savings bond will go to one elementary school student and one junior high school student. Wellsville businesses donated money for the prizes.
Hours for the library will be 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Special programs also will be held at the library at 10 a.m. each Wednesday, June 17 through July 15.
The DeSoto school district will offer a pilot summer school program featuring remedial math and reading assistance for elementary school children June 22 through July 23. About 60 youngsters are enrolled.
The high school also is holding a driver's education course.
Boys and girls in DeSoto are active in T-ball, softball, and Babe Ruth baseball programs.
The DeSoto library will hold a summer reading program, "Win with Reading," from June 1 to Aug. 29, said librarian Sue Peavy. Children will set a goal for the number of books they'll read during the summer, and those who reach their goal will receive a certificate.
The library also will hold drawings for T-shirts throughout the summer, and will schedule special programs, such as professional storytellers, storybook art, button making, origami and paper making.
On August 30, the library will sponsor a trip to Shawnee Mission Park for all children participating in the summer reading program.
The library's hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
The DeSoto pool is open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily.