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Dassel Public Library summer reading program: ‘read, renew, repeat’

Dairy Ambassador Virginia Isaacson, Junior Dairy Princess Elizabeth Thyen, and Dairy Princess Paige Frenchick read to the children during story hour.

This year’s summer reading program theme at the Dassel Library for ages 18 and under is “read, renew, repeat!”

The “read, renew, repeat” theme encourages summer reading program participants to carefully use their resources and consider ways to treat nature kindly while reading and participating in library activities.

Summer reading kicked off on June 3. Every child or teen who signs up for the program will receive a folder, a bookmark, and a game sheet or reading log. Thanks to donations from the Dassel Community Chest and other local community members, they will also be able to pick out a book to keep.

The program consists of playing the “read, renew, repeat” game for children ages 11 and under. Children earn “library loot” for reaching spots on the game board by reading, attending library events, and being active all summer long. They can use their play money immediately to get a very small prize, or they can save up for a slightly larger prize they want.

Each time a child turns in a completed game sheet, their name will be put into a drawing for additional monthly prizes as well as prizes at the end of the summer.

Participants ages 12 and up will keep track of the number of hours they spend reading. They will receive library loot for every 16 hours spent reading. These participants will be in monthly prize drawings and an end-of-summer reading program drawing.

The library’s outdoor story hours will start Friday, June 7, at 10 a.m. at the Dassel Bandstand and run through Friday, Aug. 23. In case of inclement weather, story hour will be moved into the community room of the Dassel City Hall behind the library.

Children enjoy craft time at the bandstand during the Dassel Library story hour.

The library plans several special guests throughout the summer who will teach us about nature, gardening, farming, and birds.

Remake It Wednesdays will occur in the community room in the Dassel City Hall behind the library on Wednesday, June 12, and Wednesday, July 17, at 1 p.m. Children ages five and up can come to the library and choose between several types of crafts using common items from home that can be made into something new.

Children under the age of eight should be accompanied by a caregiver older than 12. The class is free, but registration is required.

A special Stuffie Sleepover will happen at the library on Friday and Saturday, June 14 to 15. Children can bring their stuffed animals to story hour in the morning or to the library during library hours on Friday, June 14. They can then follow along on the Dassel Library Facebook page to see the antics their stuffed animals get up to throughout the evening.

They can pick up their stuffed animal during library hours on Saturday, June 15, and they will receive a commemorative photo and certificate of participation for their stuffed animal.

Join Science Heroes on a treasure-hunting adventure deep within the jungle on Tuesday, June 18, at 2 p.m. in the community room in the Dassel City Hall behind the library. Along the way, the audience helps the performer conduct exciting science experiments that bring this story to life.

Experiment with chemical reactions, air pressure, physical explosions, and more. Thanks to Dassel Community Chest for the funds to sponsor this unique STEM program.

The Science Museum of Minnesota will bring a program to the Dassel Library on Monday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m. A museum educator will present an interactive program about the history of water on Earth and the life cycle of a drop of water in Minnesota. The program is designed for older elementary and middle school students, but all ages will be welcome.

The library has two programs planned for the summer thanks to funds from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund:

  • CLIMB Theatre will present “County Mouse and City Mouse: Adventure in the Suburbs” at the Dassel Bandstand on Friday, June 21, at 10 a.m. In this short play for children, a pair of mouse cousins visit the suburbs. Country Mouse wants to explore the new area, while City Mouse wants to read, renew, and repeat for a relaxing vacation. Will conflict tear apart their relationship, or will they learn to “compro-mice” and celebrate their differences? This interactive show is designed for kids under age 10 and will replace regular story hour programming that day. No registration is required.
  • Students ages eight and up can register for an upcycled art class with local artist Aina Jane on Thursday, July 11, at 3 p.m. Children will be invited to repurpose items from home as they create their own work of art on canvas. Registration is required, as class space is limited.

There will be many inside library activities and weekly curbside crafts that families can pick up on Fridays.
Stay up to date with all the library’s activities by visiting www.dassel.lib.mn.us.