Northern Tier Library hosting galactic summer series - PineCreek Journal

Northern Tier Library hosting galactic summer series

Sunday, June 9, 2019 | 12:01 AM

Summer is in full swing at the Northern Tier Regional Library, and this year’s theme for the annual summer learning program is “A Universe of Stories.”

Last year, Northern Tier changed the name from the summer reading program to summer learning to better reflect their programming and include all the different educational opportunities they offer.

“It’s still about reading, but it’s also about learning in different ways, too, because the library provides information in a lot of different ways,” director Diane Illis said. “Not everyone is a reader, and we recognize that people learn in different ways. This way, you don’t have to read 50 books to participate. You can read some books and also help build a robot or a spaceship.”

From now through Aug. 8, the library will be offering programs for children, teenagers and adults around the theme, which is chosen each year by the national Collaborative Summer Library Program.

Children’s programming is offered at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The sessions include family fun Mondays for arts, crafts and other projects, makerspace, art club Tuesdays, playtime and story time, family fitness, Friday family flicks and the art of cooking.

The cooking classes proved so popular last year that they’ve expanded to two sessions every Wednesday for age 6 and up, and this year, the programming will also include an art project at each session that’s inspired by the menu item being prepared that week.

The program is funded by a mini-grant from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, and Northern Tier Library is one of just six libraries/schools in the state and 66 nationwide to receive a mini-grant for 2019.

“One group will be in the kitchen, while the other group is doing art,” children’s librarian Janina Kvedaras said. “We hope that will provide more one-on-one attention and interaction and make it better for everybody.”

As usual, Kvedaras has stocked up on the book titles that will be most popular with children and teens this summer as well as books related to the “Universe of Stories” theme.

“This year lots of books deal with space, and there are a lot of ‘making’ books, as well,” she said. “We’re moving toward the combination of not just reading at home but also coming to the library and exploring new things to do and make on your own. You’ll see books about the moon, space exploration and different stories from all over the world including historical fiction so you’re learning a little about other time periods under that umbrella of a ‘Universe of Stories.’ ”

Participants can collect raffle tickets throughout the summer to win prizes, and there will also be coupons and some giveaways from local businesses. Those who complete the summer learning program folder will get a free book at the end of the summer.

Adults can also join in the fun this year as well with special Thursday evening programs. In addition to the book club and the knitting club, they’ll also have a jewelry-making class and other arts and crafts offerings, plus the library’s first-ever book swap.

“People come to the book sale and stock up on books then read them and don’t want to keep them all,” Illis said. “This way people can bring their books and swap with others, and the library will pitch in and people can pick one from our collection of donations as well.”

For more information and a complete list of summer programming visit