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Off the Shelf: Plenty to do this summer at Warrenton library

Kelly Knudsen
By Kelly Knudsen, Thursday, July 22, 2021

Greetings from Warrenton Community Library (WCL), a place for you!

The library has a steady flow of patrons and book browsers visiting daily and, with summer in full swing, it is a great time to stop in and grab the latest best seller, car trip books, or games to take camping. We have them all.

WCL’s summer reading program, Reading Colors Your World, is well underway and, last month, participants read a total of 17,760 minutes.

We want to congratulate our top readers for June, starting with pre-reader, Micah Masak, who read or was read to for 300 minutes. For Warrenton junior readers, ages 5 through 12, we have one super-reader prize for Carly Vineyard, with 1440 minutes read. Plus, there were three amazing-reader prizes for Chase, Madelyn, and Sahalie, all with 960 minutes read. Way to go!

For our teens, we have a tie between Gavin Vineyard and Caleb Vineyard, each with 960 minutes read. And the June winner in our adult category is Christy White with 3,900 minutes. Wow!

Thank you to everyone who participated this month. It’s not too late to participate for July and August. Stop by the library (with your kids, grandkids or send your teen) and pick up a reading log and a free book. Participants keep track of how many minutes they read on the reading log and turn it in when it’s complete. Each completed log earns the reader another free book as well as an entry for an end-of-summer grand prize in each age group. The more you read, the more chances you have to win.

As part of our summer reading program, we partnered with the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History to bring a monthly Museum Connection kit to young people. This month, kids can discover animal life in Oregon -- both past and present -- through hands-on activities and experiments.

Stop by any time to pick up a kit or for Storytime Saturday at 10:30 a.m. July 24 to hear stories and songs about animals. Take-and-make craft bags also are available for July with various arts and crafts activities and fun.

There is a ton of ’tween and teen programming happening this month at the library, including a craft day from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. July 22, Dungeons & Dragons club at 4 p.m. July 27, and our first teen book club, which starts at 3:30 p.m. July 29. The book club is for teens ages 13-18 and the book they chose to read is Dungeon Born by Dakota Krout.

It’s not too late to sign up for the book club. Following the Book Club on the 29th, there will be a Teen Advisory Board Meeting and an opportunity for young adults in Warrenton to tell us what type of programming we should have at the library.

And don’t miss Sparrow Dance Company and their performance Dance, Dance, Freeze at WCL at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, sponsored by Astoria, Seaside and Warrenton libraries as part of our countywide summer reading program.

Keep on reading!