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Posted on: June 1, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Get a Jump on Summer starting June 6!

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Parents can get a jump on summer fun and learning at the Rock Island Public Library in the first week of June.

The library’s LEGO®-brand building block challenges start Wednesday, June 7 at 4:00 pm in the Children’s Room of the downtown library, 401 19th Street. Six weeks of challenges and inspirations will help kids ages 5 to 12 design their own worlds with LEGO-brand blocks. LEGO programs are offered twice at each location, including:

  • Main Children’s Room: 4:00 to 5:30 pm, June 7, June 28
  • 30/31 bookstore: 4:00 to 5:00 pm, June 14, July 5
  • Southwest Community Room: 4:00 to 5:00 pm, June 20, July 18

Also starting in the first week of June are the library’s monthly "Play and Grow" times for ages three and under and caregivers. The monthly play group help children build early literacy skills through the talk, sing, read, write, and play activity model. Play and Grow is offered from 10:30 am to 11:30 am on Tuesday, June 6 at 30/31, 3059 30th Street; Wednesday, June 7 at Southwest, 9010 Ridgewood Road, and Friday, June 9 at the downtown library children’s room, 401 19th Street.

The library’s Reading by Design Summer Reading Club starts Saturday, June 10, with registration at the library’s summer kickoff, 11 am to 2:00 pm downtown, and continues until Saturday, July 15. Parents can pick up a reading log with activities for children from pre-Kindergarten to sixth grade, as well as a family activity challenge, or sign themselves and their children up for the online program instead. Kids may track reading progress either by books or by time. Teens and adults track their reading five titles at a time with punch cards.

With any of the library’s summer reading clubs, participants choose what they want to read. It’s as simple as enter, read, earn rewards. To sign up for the library’s online Beanstack reading program instead of the paper program, visit the library website. 

For information about more children’s events this summer, including an upcoming Magic Show, Pokemon Walk, interactive movie, and more, pick up the library’s Summer Guide,  follow the library on Facebook and Twitter, or call 309-732-READ.

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