By Pamela West-Finkle

June is finally upon us and now is the time to make plans for the summer. To start things off, I hope you are able to make it to our annual Library Party on Sunday, June 4th from 2 to 5 pm. I look forward to meeting and getting to know our summertime patrons, and I want to let you know the full run down of the summer schedule.

Families and Star Wars fans of all ages are invited to join us for a showing of the newest Star Wars film, Rogue One on Thursday, June 8th at 7 pm. For those of you who did not see it in the theaters, this film is a divergence from the usual Skywalker clan and fills us in on how the rebels acquired the Death Star plans, taking place just before Princess Leah Organa is captured by Darth Vader in episode IV—A New Hope. I thought I would provide the plot ahead of time because I will be honest…although I consider myself a diehard Star Wars fan, I honestly didn’t have a clue until Governor Tarkin and Darth himself showed up on the screen when I went to see it in the theaters.

For those of you hunting for jobs, entering the workforce for the first time or returning after an extended absence, a representative from the Four County Library System will be on hand Tuesday, June 13th at 4 pm to guide you through the Job Now! Online Resource Center, available with a valid card through any of the Four County libraries. Six laptops will be available for use, or bring your own laptop, iPad, or tablet.

Now is the time to sign up for the 2017 Build a Better World  Summer Reading Program.  As I explained to the K-6th graders at Andes Central School when I did a presentation of our summer programs, summer is YOUR time to read and explore the things that interest you! Set your own reading goals and earn prizes and certificates! This reading program is not just for kids.  I hope to see some adults participating as well.

STEM is a big buzz word in education these days that stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.” Andes Central School CROP will be participating in the following Wednesday STEM programs, but ANY children and caregivers are welcome to attend.  PreK-3rd will attend from 11-11:30 and 4-8th grade from 11:45—12:15. Please contact Pam to pre-register so that we have enough supplies on hand.  NOTE: We will not be having our traditional Story Hour on these dates:

Wednesday, July 5th: The Kopernik Observatory & Science Center will be providing their Great American Eclipse program teaching how and why eclipses occur (both solar and lunar) and how to safely observe the eclipse.

Wednesday, July 12th: Create a LEGO Sundial to illustrate the sun’s movement across the sky; conduct a human recreation of the solar system; demonstrate how a solar eclipse occurs using flashlights and balls; and listen to stories of eclipses in human history.

Wednesday, July 19th: Harnessing the Sun’s Power. Conduct a magnifying glass experiment, burning a hole through paper; make a Solar Oven out of household supplies and watch the thermometer rise while discussing why it is important to safely view a solar eclipse.

Wednesday, July 26th: Create homemade pinhole and shoebox/cereal box Solar Eclipse Viewers. Receive your NASA approved official viewing glasses and safety instructions.

Wednesday, August 2nd: Fun in the Sun Party. Ice Cream, Snacks, Music, Arts & Crafts, Games. If it’s a rainy day, we’ll bring the fun indoors, show cool solar eclipse/solar system videos, and encourage you to explore the library.

Monday, August 21st, 1-4pm. Great American Eclipse Viewing Party All are invited. If it’s cloudy, we will project live coverage of the eclipse in the community room. Remaining NASA glasses will be distributed. Refreshments available or bring a snack to share.

I look forward to seeing you at the library! Have a great summer and congratulations on the graduating class of 2017!~