Grand Forks Library to Conclude Summer Reading Program with ‘Grand Finals’ Celebration

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The free event, which runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the library lawn, is open to anyone, even if they haven’t participated in the 2021 Summer Reading Program, said Angie Laxdal, Marketing Director of the library.

It will include activity stations, arts and crafts activities, garden games and more.

The 2021 Summer Grand Reading Finals will also feature free Brain Freeze ice cream treats for the first 650 entrants.

Special guests include Altru Ambulance, Safe Kids Grand Forks, Dakota Science Center, Grand Forks Police and Fire Department, North Dakota Museum of Art, Turtle River State Park, Research Institute for Autonomous Systems at UND, and Grand Forks County Soil Conservation Neighborhood.

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They will give demonstrations and docking stations to engage guests in different activities or provide information.

“You can fly a drone with the Autonomous Systems Research Institute,” Laxdal said. And “there will be a ‘ground tunnel’ that people can go through to learn more about the ground. ”

Staff at the North Dakota Museum of Art will lead a clay craft project. Dakota Science Center staff will be seated next to the Library Garden.

There will also be “a police car, an ambulance and a fire engine for the kids to check out,” Laxdal said.

About 1,130 people, including children, teens and adults, signed up for the reading program, totaling 817,532 minutes of reading this summer, Laxdal said.

They got 9,753 “badges” for completing different activities, she said. They were offered “to encourage patrons to take advantage of library resources and to encourage literacy in creative ways.”

“They ranged from participating in a library program, to doing a Take and Make activity, to hands-on activities like listening to an audiobook or writing your own story. “


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