Put Thursday, July 17, 2014 on your calendar for the Spring Valley Public Library sponsored “Music in the Park” with guitarist/singer Kyle Fosburgh. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
Put Thursday, July 17, 2014 on your calendar for the Spring Valley Public Library sponsored “Music in the Park” with guitarist/singer Kyle Fosburgh. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

By Elizabeth Steans, Spring Valley Library Director

SPRING VALLEY, WI - The excitement of Independence Day is beginning to settle and the Pierce County Fair might be the next much anticipated big event. While waiting for the fun, consider participating in the summer library program to rid yourself of the "bored" blues.

In July, 2014, alone we have 18+ programs planned with an additional 15+ programs in August, most of them for all ages. This article will just brief you on the next couple of weeks.

The library will host an adult book club during the month of July and August with guest moderator from the University of Wisconsin Stout, Maura Dunst, a professor of English. July's book is Wild by Cheryl Strayed. We have several copies available for checkout at our services desk. Join us for the book discussion on Tuesday, July 29, at 6 pm in the library. Refreshments will be served. The book for August will be The Roundhouse by Louise Erdrich.

Music in the Park continues to grow in attendance closing in on 60 attendees on June 26! We have two more outdoor music events planned for all ages. On July 10 you will be thrilled to hear The Rush River Ramblers from 6:30-8 pm and on July 17, guitarist/singer Kyle Fosburgh.

Families and adults are encouraged to picnic, relax, and let the children have fun on the playground at Handy Andy Park. Baked goods will be served for a freewill donation during intermission. Funds collected will be donated to the bands for their travel expense and time. In case of rain, the event will be held in the community center.

Tuesdays starting July 8, we run the Junior Book Club from 10-10:30 and the Bookworm Book Club from 10:30-11:15. The Junior Book Club is designed to make reading a fun experience for new readers typically in grades 1-3. Younger and older readers who enjoy pictures books are welcome, too. The Bookworm Book Club focuses more on those young readers who are beginning to transition into chapter books with the ability or desire to read at the 5th grade reading level. Registration preferred, but not necessary.

Wednesdays we have Ms. Julie back for a 30 minute story time and a 30 minute Kids Club Laboratory. On July 23 and 30 and August 13 and 20, 2014, Ms. Julie's program will run from 10-11. Please check our website for details.

Every Thursday starting on July 17 thru August 21 the library will have a special guest visiting. We are very excited for the line-up of special guests! In July we have a workshop on Crabitat Colonies planned, a visit from Nature Connection to teach us about scaly skinned creatures (with live reptiles!), and a special visit from a comedic scientist magician! Visit our website (http://www.springvalleylibrary.org) or Facebook for more details and registration!

Last, but never least and most important our summer reading portion of the program kicks off this week! We have reading challenges for all ages including babies! In an effort to build children's literacy skills before they enter kindergarten we offer a Read to Me Club for children ages 0-5. This program is an introduction to our much anticipated fall program encouraging parents to read and sing to their children at least 1,000 times before their child enters kindergarten. Reading to your child on a regular basis prior to kindergarten has proven to improve academic success rates. It's true that "we learn to read so we can read to learn.”