Library offers fun programs for dog days of summer

I had a pretty dynamite childhood, and I lived for the summer. Luckily, my sisters and I were fortunate to have a pool. Every morning, we would make a mad dash to the back door to make sure it wasn’t raining. Then, we would peel on the previous day’s damp swimsuit and run barefoot on the steamy porch to cannonball dive into the cool water. Lounging on a blow-up raft, playing Marco Polo until night’s end and holding our breath underwater until our heads got numb — oh, it was the life.

Summer also meant marching to the local pantry while donning wet hair and squishy flip flops to get sticky with a swirl ice cream cone.

And the last stop would be grabbing a few books to read at the local library branch. Drying off in the sun, reading a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book was one of the best things about the dog days of summer.

Naperville Public Library wants to make the summer months memorable for children and teens too.

Along with the Paws to Read summer reading program for children 3 to 12 years old and the teen program Reading is Undead, the library also is hosting programs that will make for an unforgettable summer.

In partnership with Naperville Park District, the ever-popular Riverwalk Storytimes that take place at the Riverwalk Amphitheatre feature stories, songs and a puppet show. Families can bring a meal or snack for Picnic on the Riverwalk from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. through Aug. 6.

They also can take a stroll along the Riverwalk at dusk and attend the storytime, Evening on the Riverwalk, from 7 to 7:45 p.m. through Aug. 5. In fact, attending a storytime qualifies as part of a child’s reading time if they are summer reading program participants.

“Reading is fun, and we want every child to experience it,” said Rashmi Mehrotra, children services supervisor. “Besides reading and listening, we encourage families to participate in some activities together that may qualify for reading.”

Another fun children’s program, No Unwanted Birds, will take place from 1 to 1:45 p.m. July 12 at 95th St. Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive, and also July 26 at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. Attendees can meet parakeet NUBS, the first therapy bird from Pawsitive Therapy Troupe.

Kristin Ludwig, author of “No Unwanted Birds,” will share the bird’s incredible story of rescue and rehabilitation.

Teens can scream during the library’s Third Annual Ice Cream Taste-Off from 2 to 3 p.m. July 16 at 95th St. Library.

And those bummed they can’t go to Comic Con this year can go to the library’s version of the fun comic book convention.

From 3 to 5 p.m. July 22 at 95th St. Library, the program, Random Fandom, will allow teens to dress up like their favorite character, play board games or try out the “Game of Thrones” card game.

For information, pick up a program guide at any of the three library buildings or go to www.naperville-lib.org.

Mary Rakoczy is a multimedia associate for the Naperville Public Library.

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