Build a Better World - Children's Summer Reading Program

Children in fifth grade and younger may earn prizes for reading and enjoying books. Summer is the perfect time for kids to read the books they want to read. Reading throughout the summer helps students maintain their reading levels.

Children may stop by either library or later to pick up a reading log to keep track of daily reading. Children mark the log for each day they read. After reading for 16 days, children may receive a prize and $5 in Willard Bucks, which may be applied toward fines. After an additional 16 days, children receive a different prize and $5 more in Willard Bucks. And after an additional 16 days, youngsters will receive another prize and $5 more in Willard Bucks.

Children's reading activities may include:

  • Reading to yourself
  • Reading to someone else
  • Having someone read to you
  • Listening to a story on audio
  • Using the online Tumblebooks.

Also, children who attend at least three library programs will be entered into a drawing for a family prize.

Through Tuesday, Sept. 5,

Willard Library Children's Room,

Helen Warner Branch

Magnetic Mondays

Families will be drawn to either library for Magnetic Mondays. Drop in every week for hands-on activities including games, crafts, and challenges designed to inspire kids to build a better world and have fun while doing it.

Groups or organizations must register by calling 269-968-8166, ext. 518.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,

Monday, Aug. 7,

Willard Library Children's Room and the Helen Warner Branch

Wednesdays: Drop in to Build A Better World

The activities at this family-friendly program will be based on the Build A Better World Summer Reading theme and offer something for everyone. Attendees may participate in a variety of crafts, skill building exercises, games, and construction activities that will motivate them to make the world a better place. Each week will feature something different.

Groups or organizations must register by calling 269-968-8166, ext. 518.

11 a.m. to noon,


Aug. 2 and 9,

Willard Library Meeting Room

Thursdays: Sensational Summer Science

Learn amazing facts about science when representatives from the Kingman Museum and the Leila Arboretum present hands-on science activities to go with the Build a Better World Summer Reading theme. This family-friendly event allows kids to explore at their own pace and in their own style while enjoying different themed centers each week.

Groups or organizations must register by calling 269-968-8166, ext. 518.

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,


July 27 - Invention Workshop, Kingman Museum,

Aug. 3 - Insect Engineers, Leila Arboretum,

Aug. 10 - Out of This World: Build a Better Universe, Kingman Museum and Leila Arboretum,
Helen Warner Branch

Fridays: Read With Me

Reading together is a great way for children and adults to spend time together. Each week, we will share a few chapters of a popular children's fiction book. The best part is every family will receive a copy of the book to continue reading at home and add to their personal library. This program counts as time entered on the Summer Reading Program reading logs.

The books will be:

  • The Enchanted Files: Cursed by Bruce Coville
  • Friendship According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney
  • Hound Dog True by Linda Urban
  • The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner
  • The Underneath by Kathi Appelt and David Small
  • A Whole New Ballgame: A Rip and Red Book by Phil Bildner and Tim Probert
  • The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
  • Into the Killing Seas by Michael P. Spradlin

Groups or organizations must register by calling 269-968-8166, ext. 518.

11-11:30 a.m.,


July 14, 21, and 28,

Aug. 4 and 11,

Helen Warner Branch

Maximize Your Eclipse Experience

On Monday, Aug. 21, those living in North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Prepare for this amazing event with representatives from the Kingman Museum as they discuss the science and history behind this special phenomenon. The program will include a short video and PowerPoint presentation. Also, safety demonstrations will be given and free resources will be available. The program is for those 8 and older.

Groups or organizations must register by calling 269-968-8166, ext. 518.

Thursday, Aug. 17,

6:30-7:30 p.m.,

Willard Library Meeting Room