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Summer Reading

As in years past, the library is encouraging kids ages birth to 18 to earn prizes while they read for pleasure!  Sign up any time after school gets out.  For every 5 unique, reading-level-appropriate titles you read this summer, you can earn a scratch off ticket.  (Beginning readers' procedure is slightly different.)  Each ticket wins a prize!  Prizes include sweet treats, free books, mystery prizes and more!  Ask for details at the library.  We know you can't spend the whole summer reading, so there are lots of fun activities happening at the library, too.  Come on in and enjoy!  You do not have to sign up for the reading program to take part in any of the events.

Download the Summer Reading Program flyer here.

Have an Alien Adventure with Sciencetellers!
Wednesday, June 26 at 2 p.m.

One night, two curious kids see something mysterious fall from the sky toward Earth -- but it's not a shooting star.  They venture into the forest to investigate and find themselves mixed up with a family of visitors from another planet!  Don't miss this  action-packed and educational event using science experiments for special effects.  It's totally out of this world!

Ransom Library's Fourth Annual Exploding Watermelon Extravaganza!
Thursday, June 27 at 3 p.m.

Play board games at 1 p.m. and stay for this explosive spectacle!  You can help us wrap enough rubber bands around a watermelon to make it blow its top!

Nerf War (younger players, grades 4-7)
Fri., July 5 | 2 sessions: 5:00-7:00 p.m. and 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Limited to 40 players per session.  Registration required.

Players may register for one session only.  Unregistered players who show up at the event will NOT be allowed in.  THESE CHANGES ARE FOR THE PLAYERS' SAFETY.  Players should mark equipment with name/initials in permanent marker so it can be claimed at the end of the night.  The typical blue and orange darts and 150 blaster balls will be provided by the library.  However, if your blaster uses a different kind of ammo, you will need to bring your own.
Beverages and snacks will be provided, but NOT pizza, so please eat dinner first.

Nelson's Wildlife Safari
Thursday July 11 -- Two shows!  11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Back by popular demand for two shows!  Nelson will bring his marvelous menagerie to visit  us once again!  We suggest that families with younger children attend  the morning session, and that older children come to the afternoon show.

Moon Science
Tues., July 16 at 2 p.m.

50 years ago this week, the first man walked on the moon.  Find out about that journey, and learn about moon phases, eclipses, and more.

Moon Gardens (for grades K-5)
Wed., July 17 at 2 p.m.

Put a lunar twist into a DIY Zen garden!  You will go home with a tray of sand, "moon rocks" and other trinkets to set up your own mini meditation station.  Relaxing and fun!

Pottery Fun
Thurs., July 19 at 1 p.m. | Limit 24 students, grades 3 and up.  Registration required.

Plainwell Arts Council member Cathy Green will bring her clay studio to the library once again so you can create an original ceramic project.

Nature Prints with the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center
Tues., July 23 at 1 p.m. | Class size is limited to 12.  Registration required.
Join the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center for a class that highlights the beauty of nature.  Using inks in different colors you will be able to create prints using leaves, grasses, flowers, and feathers from the grounds of the library or from your home.  Feel free to bring any natural item that lies flat (examples would be leaves, flowers, rocks, sticks, etc.) to make your prints.  You will go home with multiple pieces of artwork.

Dance Story Time with Patti Herm
Wed., July 24 at 10:30 a.m.
Local dance instructor Patti Herm joins us for a dance-themed morning of stories and fun.

Wed., July 24 at 2 p.m.

Launch water balloons with a sling and create a mini catapult to take home.

Giant Bubbles
Wed., Aug. 14 at 2 p.m.

Have some slippery fun as we make huge bubbles!  This is preschool-friendly!

Video Game Free Play
For kids in grades 4 and up.  Blow off some steam playing Nintendo Switch video games with your friends!  This is open to everyone; players need to democratically decide what is played.

Dates are as followed:

  • Mon., July 1 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Sat., July 13 at 2 p.m.
  • Fri., July 19 at 2 p.m.
  • Tue., July 30 at 2 p.m.
  • Wed., Aug. 7 at 2 p.m.
  • Sat., Aug. 10 at 2 p.m.

 Ongoing Programs - June 17th through August 22nd

Preschool Programs
Preschool programs take place Monday through Thursday, always at 10:30 a.m.

Story Time | Children from ages 3 to 6 (with a favorite adult) build their early literacy skills and have fun with exciting books, catchy songs and engaging rhymes and activities. (Crafts are available on Thursdays only.)

Baby Story Time | Babies from birth to age 3 (with a favorite adult) enjoy songs, bouncing, rhymes, and listening to two stories in each lively session.

Preschoolers Explore | This playgroup-style program emphasizes sensory experience, discovery science and language development. Children should wear play clothes. No Preschoolers Explore October 31 or November 21.

Story Time | A repeat of Monday’s program with the addition of a craft.

Weekly Programs for Kids

Build-o-Rama | 4 p.m. | Open to all ages. Make amazing inventions using our Lego bricks. Creations are on display for a week following each session.  Note: June 24th will be a building contest; the topic is "Alien Invasion".

Games Galore | 1-3 p.m. | While away a hot afternoon playing board games with other enthusiasts.  Please bring your own games; you can also play the library's selections.  Players between the ages of 7-16 will enjoy this most, but youngsters ages 4-6 are also welcome.  No Games Galore on July 4th and July 11th.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a tracking system that encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she enters school.  Ransom Library is participating in this program with other Allegan County libraries, thanks to a generous grant from the Allegan County United Way and Volunteer Center.

Don't let the big number intimidate you - if you read 2 books to your child at bedtime every night, you will complete 730 books in the next year alone!  If this sounds daunting, then you could aim for one book per day for three years or even ten books per week for two years.  The words your child will be exposed to by listening to these thousand books will drastically improve their vocabulary, which primes them for reading success once they start school.  Pick up your packet today!

If you have questions about this program or need suggestions for good books to read to your preschool child, ask for Erin or Macy.


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