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Luverne library gears up for ‘Summer Olympics 2016’

Students gather at the Luverne Public Library to prepare for a summer full of fun and activities.

Students gather at the Luverne Public Library to prepare for a summer full of fun and activities.

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While most people are planning summer vacations and planning some “fun in the sun”, the Luverne Public Library is busy getting things ready for a fun, creative and busy summer.
“We have programs planned for the little ones, the teens, all the way up to the adults,” Luverne Public Library Director Kathryn Tomlin said. “It’s hard to believe that summer is already here, but we have something planned for almost every day of the week during June and July.”
This year’s Summer Reading theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!”, and the library is not wasting any time getting things rolling.
“Everything kicks off this Monday, June 6, at 10 o’clock,” Tomlin said. “We will have ‘Miss Kit’s Bubble School’; this special program is open and free for all ages.”
But the day doesn’t end there.
Monday afternoon, the library’s Teen Book Club will start its seventh summer reading program from 1-2 p.m.
“It’s hard to believe this will be our seventh summer together,” Assistant Director Regina Grayson said.
“I am actually losing some members because they graduated in May, but we have new members coming in, and we’re always looking to reach out to more.”
Grayson received a Dollar General Summer Reading grant for the Teen Book Club, which will aid in ordering new novels, T-shirts, snacks, prizes and new shelves.
The Teen Book Club is free and is open to teens in grades seventh -12th.  They will meet each Monday and Thursday from 1-2 p.m.
The Luverne Rotary Club sponsors the children’s activities, Tomlin said, and The John Wilson Family sponsors the Hampstead Stage Troupe that performs all over the United States.
“We have the McWane Science Center coming down on June 21, the ‘Animal Tales’ critters program on Friday, June 10, the Hampstead Stage group on June 13, ‘Skip, the Magic Guy’ on June 17 and the Alabama Archives and History will present ‘Alabamians in the Olympics’ on July 27,” Tomlin said.
She has even added a special cooking program for ages  nine to 12 on Tuesdays during the month of July, and a new art program for ages four to eight on Thursdays.
“We are really looking forward to a fun and exciting summer,” Tomlin said.
For more information, please call the library at 334-335-5326, and check the Calendar of Events in The Luverne Journal, as well as on Facebook.