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Martensville Library a Hub of Activity This Summer

by Shanine Sealey

This summer has been a hub of activity at the Martensville Library, with a wide array of activities and events taking place. The local library is participating in the TD Summer Reading Club for kids up to 12, where participants can track and log their reading minutes on a sheet which they can bring to the library to earn prize ticket entries for end of summer prize draws.

For adults and teens, there is the Summer Reading Bookmark Challenge which is taking place throughout July and August. “As of July 31, our local readers have logged 218,000 reading minutes for the branch on Beanstack. The branch wants to see if they can reach 500,000 minutes by the end of the summer,” Marla Skomar, Martensville Library Librarian, stated.

In July, there were plenty of fun events held; including, classes to make a tissue paper lantern, a succulents night where participants made unique succulent holders out of old books, Curious Kids Science where they made dissolving rocks, Storywalks in Veterans Square, I Spy in the Park games, drop-in Lego, Magformers & Ozobots, Dr. Seuss week, large games & board games week and more. “In addition, there have been weekly story times in Andrea’s Park on Thursday at 10:30am which has been very well attended and weekly Take & Make craft packages handed out,” Skomar added.

On Wednesday, July 26th, the Martensville Library held their first-ever Stuffed Animal Sleepover, where kids were invited to drop off a stuffed animal at the library and have it spend the night there. “When kids arrived with their toys, a picture was taken with Hootie, the library owl mascot, and kids filled out an ID information sheet and made a beaded name tag for their toy. There were 52 stuffed animals brought to the library to sleepover,” Skomar explained.

Throughout the sleepover, library staff took pictures of the fun activities the animals partook in after hours and the next day, the kids returned to pick up their stuffed animals and were given two photos to commemorate the sleepover.

August will be another busy month at the library with more activities planned, including; Saskatchewan Science Centre will be at the library on August 1 with their Go Science program, Secret Garden Craft program on August 2, Curious Kids Science programs on Aug 8 & 23, Scratch CD Art on Aug 18, Regional Kids First will be in Veterans Square for the Great Outdoor Play for ages 1-10 day on August 9 from 10AM-12PM, Family Bingo is happening on Aug 11 from 10:30 – 11:30, I Spy in the Park on July 31 – Aug 7 and Aug 21-26. There will also be plenty of different weekly drop-in activities – Harry Potter Week, Osmo Games and Take & Make crafts, Story Time in the Park.

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