Lots still to come as Libraries Rock! program continues
A handful of fun and entertaining programs are being offered at the libraries in Cape Coral this month, one of which will be in celebration of Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary in the United States.
The first takes place Monday, July 9, at 2 p.m. with Katie Adams for “Cracker Cinderella,” at Cape Coral Lee County Public Library.
“Katie Adams is a well-known storyteller from Florida. Her background is in puppetry and storytelling. She crafts her own puppets and creates these elaborate sets and brings them on the road,” Youth Service Programming Coordinator Amy-Jane McWilliam said.
Monday’s program will retell the story of Cinderella with a Florida flare.
The following week, Monday, July 16, at 2 p.m., the program will feature “The Sound of Science with DoDad’s Lab.”
The program is geared for kindergarten through fifth graders. McWilliam said the program is put on by a funny guy that has a big red clown nose and a hard hat.
“He does different science experiments with the kids,” she said, adding that the children participate in the experiments. “They are learning different science concepts. He puts together a great program.”
The Monday, July 23, “Rockin’ Magic Show” will begin at 2 p.m.
McWilliam said Joey and Alex, local magicians from Fort Myers, talk about all the fun stuff that kids are into and they have a parrot that they bring on stage sometimes.
There also are programs for teens with one taking place from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, July 12, with “Life-size games and miniature worlds.” Participants will play life-size checkers and create miniature terrariums.
Thursday, July 19, from 2-4 p.m. teens will have a chance to participate in “Japanese Culture Day.” Teens will learn about food, anime and Japanese language.
The “Harry Potter Party” will be held from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, July 26. Although there is no registration for this program, space is limited, so those interested in attending are asked to arrive early.
Teens are encouraged to attend dressed up to take pictures in the selfie booth. McWilliam said youths sixth through 12th grade will also do potion experiments and create dragon eggs.
The Northwest Regional Library is also holding a Harry Potter event, “Muggles & Magic” from 6:15-7:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 24 for youngsters in kindergarten through fifth grade.
The children will make potions, wands and be sorted into their house.
“They are expecting it to fill up pretty quickly, so registration is required,” she said.
Registration can be done online at leegov.com/library .
McWilliam said the whole purpose of summer reading is to get kids into the library reading and learning throughout the summer in a fun way.
This summer, kids were invited to attend numerous activities and programs during their six weeks of Libraries Rock! themed program.
The libraries have been busier than previous years and the programs have been full.
“It is going really well,” McWilliam said.
In addition to the programs, youngsters had the opportunity to pick out a free book to bring home while supplies last.
“The kids are enjoying picking out books,” McWilliam said.
The hope is to give out 15,000 books before the summer ends.
“We have up to 17,000 books to give out,” she explained.
The library had the opportunity to give out free books by refocusing on its summer reading budget. Instead of giving away prizes, they brought things down to bare bones to purchase books. In addition to the library’s budget, they received grants, funds from organizations and money raised through the library Friend’s groups.
“We were able to participate in some book programs to get lower cost books, but we still want to provide high-interest books. We were really fortunate to put together a really fun summer,” McWilliam said.