Local News: Sikeston Public Library Receives Funding for Summer Reading Program (1/21/22)


SIKESTON – The Summer Reading Program will return to the Sikeston Public Library in 2022.

The Sikeston Public Library received an $8,838 grant for the summer library program. Funding for the Summer Library Program grants is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State. State.

This year, the theme of the summer reading program will be “Oceans of Possibilities” and will run from June 6th to July 29th.

“It’s going to be an interesting challenge since we’re landlocked, but hopefully the kids will still enjoy everything we present and learn something in the process,” said Lisa Munger, children’s librarian at the public library. of Sikestone. “Luckily I lived on the Atlantic coast of Florida and had lots of shells, sea glass, sea beans, and hurricane experiences, so I’ll be able to share that with the kids.”

Munger said there will be all new presenters this year, with Captain Kid “Be a Bookaneer” appearing June 6; Mad Science on June 13 and Abra-Kid-Abra on June 20. All three will present at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on their respective dates. The community is welcome.

“I also want to do stuff with black lights and highlighters in the basement to talk about bioluminescence,” Munger said, adding that she’d like to use the computer on the movie screen to see and learn about different animals and maybe do some experiments and stuff.

While there are plenty of new things to come with the Summer Reading Program, many of the top attractions will also return, such as the STEAM room.

“Kids love it,” exclaimed Munger. “It’s a great extension of our story hours and presenters. It’s a great “excursion” for our outreach groups and clients when it’s so hot outside. We really saw the benefits of this option in 2020 when these groups couldn’t go anywhere but the library. Children still ask about the room when they come to visit.

Preparing for the summer reading program is a year-long process. Munger said the 2022 grant application is due in December 2021, then grants are awarded in January. In February, the library can begin purchasing items and working on displays, book processing, storytime planning, STEAM room set-up, hallway decorating, and storytime programming with partners like the YMCA, Early Head Start and Lincoln University.

They will also create information flyers and sign presenter contracts until the interim grant report is due in May.

The program starts the first full week of June until the end of July, while the STEAM room is open the first full week of July and runs until the last full week of the month.

Then, the final grant report is due in September and the next year’s grant application is released in October and the process begins again.

“During this year, I have spent a lot of time scouring publishing company websites for books, Amazon and educational websites for hands-on STEAM room activities and time. storytelling, checking websites for potential presenters and Pinterest for display ideas,” Munger said. summer 2023.”

Munger said everyone at the library is working hard on the summer reading program.

“Ron (Eifert) processes many books and does all the ordering and purchasing for anything I request for purchase,” Munger said. “Jaclyn (Elsey) designs and runs a summer reading program for teenagers on Wednesday afternoons in July, Lynda (Muench) and Jane (Yates) work hard on the screens, and they all give me a lot of moral support and cheerleading because it’s a crazy two months.

Last year, 1,660 participants took part in the program, double what was able to attend in 2020 due to COVID-19. Munger said they will try to spread the word to attract even more attendees this year.

The program will be advertised on the Sikeston Public Library’s Facebook page and on the library’s website at sikeston.lib.mo.us, while also providing flyers to schools and making them available at the library reception.

“We plan everything, again, to be in person,” Munger said. “We clean thoroughly between each group, have sanitizer available and, although not mandatory, masks are welcome if it makes our customers more comfortable. Each group will have their own scheduled time to allow for some social distancing, except on show days when groups and the community will be together.


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