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Summer Fun at the Martensville Library

by Shanine Sealey

The Martensville Library has a busy summer planned, with something being offered for all ages. The summer fun schedule will kick off as of July 2nd. “People always seem to think that we are slower in the summer, but it is in fact the exact opposite. We are so busy in the summer and we try to offer a wide variety of options for everyone in the community,” Head Librarian Marla Skomar explained.

The TD Summer Reading Club will be running again this year, which provides kids up to 12 years old with a chance to win some amazing prizes. This is a Canada-Wide initiative that runs throughout public libraries. You can register for the program and pick up a reading booklet at the library and keep track of reading minutes throughout the summer. For each hour recorded, kids earn a ticket to enter to win a prize. “This program runs throughout many public libraries, but each location does things a little differently. We prefer to track minutes, rather than whole books to ensure that the different ages are reading the books that they are supposed to be. It also works with the younger kids that have parents reading to them,” Skomar added.

The Martensville Library will also be offering a weekly craft that changes each Monday and is open to everyone to come to the library and make a craft to take home. Some of the crafts include; rock necklaces, bird kite, seed snail dragonfly and many more. Additionally, there is LEGO Club held each Friday from 10:30am-12:00pm, Story Time held each Wednesday from 10:30am-11:00am, a Youth Summer Challenge for ages 12-17 and a Summer Adult Book Review Challenge. The Youth Summer Challenge includes a challenge booklet that contains various fun activities such as drawing a cartoon strip, writing a book review and more. Each completed challenge earns an entry into the youth prize draw. For adults, they can provide a short anonymous review of a book they read and earn an entry into the adult prize draw.

The first three weeks of Story Time will feature some special opportunities – July 3rd will be a Plant a Seed Story Time, where kids will have a chance to decorate a pot and plant their own seeds, July 10th will feature a Child Find Story Time that will be followed by an ‘All About Me I.D.’ clinic and July 17th will feature story teller Danica Lorer with Natural World Stories and Songs With an Outside Voice.

Other fun options that require registration include a visit from the Saskatchewan Science Centre on August 8th, Edison Robot time slots, a Code Mobile HTML/CSS Workshop, String Art class, a chance to create a vase out of an old book and more. “Our goal is to offer something for everybody of all ages in the community. We try to make something for everyone and have them offered at flexible times. We hope that we are hitting the needs of the community,” Skomar said.

There are many other activities being offered this summer, so to find out more visit ‘Martensville Library’ on Facebook, pick up a schedule at the library, go to www.martensville.ca, or contact the library at (306) 956-7311 or martensville.library@wheatland.sk.ca to have them email you a copy of their summer schedule.


Photo caption: Head Librarian Marla Skomar shows the various prizes being offered for all ages this summer. Stop in at the Martensville Library at 66 Main Street to learn more about how you can enter.

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