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Archive for Sunday, June 1, 2008

Library bugs out for kids to read

From left, Phyllis Wilson, Lawrence, and her daughters Raejaan Spicer, 11, and Raemona Spicer, 10, sing and dance along to a song by Dino O'Dell and the Veloci-Rappers on Saturday outside the Lawrence Public Library. The library kicked of its summer reading programs with various activities, including the band, a K.C. Zoo Zoomobile and crafts.

From left, Phyllis Wilson, Lawrence, and her daughters Raejaan Spicer, 11, and Raemona Spicer, 10, sing and dance along to a song by Dino O'Dell and the Veloci-Rappers on Saturday outside the Lawrence Public Library. The library kicked of its summer reading programs with various activities, including the band, a K.C. Zoo Zoomobile and crafts.

June 1, 2008

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Ike Phillips, 5, left, and Ben Barnett, 3, go face-to-face to compare bug masks they made Saturday outside the Lawrence Public Library.

Ike Phillips, 5, left, and Ben Barnett, 3, go face-to-face to compare bug masks they made Saturday outside the Lawrence Public Library.

Bugs and children took over the Lawrence Public Library for a couple of hours Saturday afternoon.

Hissing cockroaches, giant African millipedes and scorpions from the Kansas City Zoo were just a few of the bugs on display for children to see and in some cases touch.

The display was in keeping with the theme for this year's library summer reading program for children called "Catch the Reading Bug." The program for teens is called "Metamorphosis."

"The main thing is to encourage them to keep reading," said Kim Patton, the library's young adult specialist. "School is out. You don't want them to let their reading skills slide."

Dozens of children and their parents showed up at the library, 707 Vt., to learn about the program and enjoy music outside on the lawn provided by a children's group, Dino and the Velloci-Rappers.

Among them were Kevin Ruland, Lawrence, and his 5-year-old son, Simon. They sat in the auditorium room floor and looked over a picture book featuring insects. Simon said he recently started his own collection of pill bugs, adding that "maybe" he might read some books this summer and maybe get his father reading, too.

"I'm going to read whatever he tells me to," Kevin Ruland said with a chuckle.

Youths who participate in this year's program will be able to get a variety of prizes and coupons when it ends Aug. 30. They are encouraged to read as many books as they can. To participate they must keep a log of what they read. They can obtain the log sheets at the library or they can be downloaded at the library Web site, www.lawrence.lib.ks.us/, under the children's room link.

And there is an adult reading program as well. Adults participating should read at least four books by the end of July, said Maria Butler, the library's community relations coordinator.

"They set an example for the kids," Butler said.

Phyllis Wilson, who brought two of her children to the library for the festivities Saturday, is in the adult reading program. She credits an interest in reading to getting one of her daughters into college.

"Reading is good," Wilson, of Lawrence, said. "It's the key to all of us staying connected."

Comments

le 5 years, 10 months ago

I saw one of them reading bugs once...it was naked and reading a Hustler magazine...He is`nt nearly as cool as the Houka smokin catepiller though!

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cds 5 years, 10 months ago

Good thing there wasn't any loose chickens running around, would have wiped out all the bugs. Thank goodness for Lawrence watching out for us with the chickens!

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 10 months ago

How funny. At 1:15 this morning, this is the top story.I just woke up from a nightmare about my house being infested by those little katydid nymphs on Paul's blog, plus one version that had shells similar to shrimp (but tiny), kind of millipede-like-plus-parts. I blame this part on Dinner Impossible last night, they had light grey colored shrimp to cook.So I came to razz Paul and found this .lolz

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