Summer is well underway, and you know what that means! The Summer Reading Program is still going on and there’s still time to sign up. Throughout the months of June and July, children between the ages of 3-18 can sign up and read to win fabulous prizes. The theme this year is “Showtime at Your Library” -- we’ll be celebrating the performing arts: theater, music and movies. There will be plenty of activities and fun for everyone of all ages to participate. There will be many more events every Tuesday at 2 p.m., so stop in, sign up, and win prizes from through July 31.
There are many monthly programs that are for any age. Currently, we have a new set of events happening at the library called “Bemidji Speaks.” Bemidji Speaks is a local lecture series that is set up similar to a Ted Talk, but on a smaller scale. Instead of spending resources outside the community, Bemidji Speaks looks to draw on the immense level of local talent in Bemidji and the surrounding area to inform and educate our community. This monthly lecture series will bring local authors, historians, and members of the community to our library to inform, educate and enlighten. The next Bemidji Speaks is set for 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 9.
“Pages to Pints,” a new kind of book club for the non committed. If your tired of reading the same book as everyone else, come join us at Bemidji Brewing for something different. Read a book on any topic that you like and tell the group about it! Get new ideas, share knowledge and drink beer! This new book club will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 25.
The Book Discussion (18 and older) for adults meets at noon Tuesday, July 9. The Young Adult Book Club (any and all who enjoy reading young adult books) meets this month to discuss Marjane Satrapi’s “Persepolis.” For each of the meetings, participants gather to share their thoughts on the book of the month, so it is recommended that the book is read beforehand. If you just want to come and observe, that is very welcome as well just be prepared for spoilers. The next month’s book will also be announced during the meeting. All book clubs are held in the library’s Front Meeting Room unless stated otherwise.
There is also the Family Movie at 3:30pm Tuesday, July 30. Superb sequel focuses on Sharpay's efforts to lure Troy away from his girlfriend Gabriella by getting him hired for the summer at a posh country club where she can keep an eye on him.
The Bemidji Area Reading Canines (B.A.R.C.) will be at the library Monday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to noon. This program gives children the opportunity to enhance their reading skills by reading aloud to therapy dogs, space is limited, so sign-up. A signed permission form from a parent or legal guardian is also required.
There are various Storytimes throughout the weeks for preschool aged children and families. They are held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Storytime consists of three to four stories and a small craft. Themes for July include: (July 2-4) "The Night Before the 4th of July"; (9-11) "Picasso and Minou"; (16-18) "How Many Sleeps until My Birthday"; (23-25) "Amelia Earhart"; (30-1) “Water Can Be…”.
Alayna Nestberg is a library assistant at the Bemidji Public Library.