Gathering around the campfire

S’more fun at the library

— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Courtney Sogard Ketta Lubberstedt-Arjes, library director, stands near a bulletin board promoting the Kendall Young Library’s Family Reading Night Camp Read S’more. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the children’s department of the library. Treats, crafts and a special book reading are planned. Each child will also get a goodie bag and a free book, courtesy of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant received earlier this summer.

Parents trying to find some after school bonding time with their kids might be interested in visting the Kendall Young Library during their Family Reading Night Camp Read S’more on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m, in the children’s libary department.

Family members of all ages are encouraged to participate during this camp-themed night, according to Ketta Lubberstedt-Arjes, library director. A campfire background will be the setting, with a s’more mix served as a snack, and a band-aid mason jar craft will also be made.

At 6 pm, Pat Powers will be reading a book that promotes how to be a helpful friend entitled “Help! A Story of Friendship” by Holly Keller.

Each child will receive their own free book, purchased with proceeds provided through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, a grant given to the library. Some of the books provided will also be written in Spanish. Along with their free books, young readers will also receive a bookmark and stickers in a goodie bag to take home. There will be opportunities for prizes, including some door prizes for Casey’s General Store coupons for those who attend the event.

Another way to earn prizes for all ages during the event, is to take advantage of September being National Library Card Sign-Up Month, where kids and adults can renew or sign-up for a library card and by checking out a library item, will then be entered into a drawing to win some prizes. Adults must be present with proof of ID and current address on hand.

Reading Makes You a Happy Camper will be the theme of the sign-up event this year, which will coincide with the Camp Read S’more reading night. The library implores families to take advantage of both programs and to enjoy their time at the library.

“The library is a great place for families to hang out,” said Lubberstedt-Arjes. “It’s vital to have a night of family fun, and the library is a fun place to gather.”