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Summer events scheduled at island library for youth

By Staff | May 30, 2018

During the months of June and July, the Captiva Memorial Library has several special activities planned for children as part of the summer reading program, “Libraries Rock!”

Running from May 29 to Aug. 11, the systemwide program aims to celebrate the joy of reading with programming designed to spark the curiosity of adults and youth and engage library users. At the island branch, children can register for the program and take part in events created around this year’s theme.

“It keeps them reading. It gives them something fun to do,” library associate Naomi Pastor, who oversees youth services at the Captiva branch, said. “Some socialization during the summer.”

Families with children can sign up online, contact the library or simply stop by.

Children who show up to register for the program will receive a free book.

“I have two carts full of books here they can look at and pick up,” she said.

“We encourage them to be lifelong readers and lifelong users of the library,” Pastor added.

The following special events are scheduled for the summer:

– June 14: Make Your Own Instruments at 2 p.m.

Branch Manager Colleen Barany explained that participants will create instruments out of recycled materials. Afterward, the youth will be able to take part in a jamming session with their creations.

“We’re hoping a group comes in and we’ll have a jam session,” she said.

“We’ll be rocking out,” Barany added.

– June 21: Great Jazz at 2 p.m.

Participants will get to hear stories about some of the jazz greats, as well as listen to different jazz music and create their own jazz art using watercolors.

“It’s not going to be so much creating music as listening to the music and learning about the music,” she said. “Hearing stories about people who are well-known for their jazz.”

“And the kids can create their own jazzy art,” Barany added.

– June 28: Snakes Can Have Hissy Fits at 2 p.m.

Participants will learn about snakes and the sounds they create. In addition, the children will have an opportunity to make their own rattlesnake rattler to take home, which is also a STEAM activity.

“You wouldn’t necessarily think of animals being musical, but the rattler does make its own sound,” she said.

– July 12: Songbirds Make Beautiful Music at 2 p.m.

Participants will listen to bird sounds, share bird books and make a bird craft.

“I am able to download apps where you have different songbirds,” Pastor said. “We’re going to talk and read some information, hopefully, about some of the songbirds here in Florida and the United States.”

She noted that the craft will be a bird puppet.

– July 19: Gardening for Kids at 2 p.m.

Participants will learn about gardening books and make a terrarium out of a soda bottle.

“They’re going to learn how to make a terrarium,” Pastor said.

She noted out that the library will provide all of the supplies, including the plants.

– July 25: Guitar Art, Rocks! with DiVitto Kelly at 6:30 p.m.

Librarian and artist DiVitto Kelly will lead the participants through a workshop decorating guitars, which will be make from high-quality Styrofoam, a glue and water mixture and colored tissue paper.

“He’s going to have foam pieces cut out in the shape of an electric guitar,” Pastor said.

It is the only summer activity that requires registration.

“He’s been here a number of times and they enjoy him,” she said. “We’ve made fish. We did dalmatian dogs for a fire department theme. We’ve done fireflies, which he brought glow-in-the dark paint for.”

All of the events are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 239-533-4890 or visit www.leegov.com/library/branches/cv.

The library is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information on a program, call 239-533-4890.

The Captiva Memorial Library is at 11560 Chapin Lane.