The Hutchinson Public Library has a reading program for every age group this summer. All of them are free, and include drawings for prizes.
The children's summer library program is open to age 0 through those who just completed 6th grade. Pre-readers participate by having a combination of 10 books read to them or 10 hours being read.
Readers who read a combination of 10 books/10 hours will be awarded blue tote bags with this year's theme, "Dig Into Reading." They each get to choose a paperback book as a prize. They also receive a certificate of completion and their names are placed on paper bats, which we will hang above our picture book section.
Register at the library, or by calling 663-5441.
The young adult/teen program, "Quest for Readalot," is open to youth who will be entering 7th grade through recently graduated high school seniors. (Those entering 7th grade next fall have their choice of registering for the children's or the teen program.)
When they register, teens receive a punch card, along with some prize drawing forms. They can turn in these forms for each 1 book/2 comics they read, each hour they read, or each hour they listen to an audiobook. The punch card is punched for the first five forms teens turn in. Those who turn in five forms get a special prize, and all of the forms are entered in weekly prize drawings. Teens can win once a week.
All of the forms, including the weekly winners, are re-entered in our grand prize drawing at the end of the program. The grand prize is worth approximately $100, and is comprised of several items associated with the theme. All teens who register for our summer reading program are invited to our end-of-the-program party, and can invite a guest. The party includes games, food, door prizes, and other activities. We draw for the grand prize at the party, and the winner doesn't have to be present to win.
Register at the library, or by calling 663-5441.
“Groundbreaking Reads” is the adult reading program theme this summer at the Hutchinson Public Library. There are no minimum reading requirements, but you might want to explore groundbreaking books or dig into other underground phenomena and activities like composting, caving, and archaeology.
The 2013 “Groundbreaking Reads” program is open to adults ages 18 and older, with a reading incentive program, weekly prize drawings, and puzzle sheets.
Family time is an opportunity to experience something out of the ordinary with your children. It's geared for ages five and above. It begins at
June 17 -- Lorrie Beck, Great Plains Nature Center
June 24 -- Stephanie Carlson, Dillon Nature Center (soil)
July 1 -- Jamin Landavazo, Kansas Underground Salt Museum
July 10 -- clay impressions, egg carton red ants, paper mummy/sarcophagus
July 15 -- Kansas Farm Bureau
July 17 -- toilet paper roll bats, clothespin worms, telescopes
July 24 -- parrots, cartouche necklace, cork trolls
July 31 -- coffee filter flowers
Here are the summer story time themes:
June 11 & 13 -- Animals Down Under
June 18 & 20 -- Pirates & Treasures
June 25 & 27 -- Gardening
July 2 -- Construction Rocks
July 9 & 11 -- Digging Up Dinosaurs
July 16 & 18 -- Digging Up Trouble (nonsense)
July 23 & 25 -- Insects Down Under
July 30 & August 1 -- Dig Out Your Favorites
Tuesday night films begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Auditorium on the 2nd floor. Due to our contract with Movie Licensing USA, we can't publicize movie titles online, but you may call the library for the titles or pick up a movie listing from a public service desk.
Universal Pictures; Live Motion Animation
Directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz
Rated PG; 94 minutes; 1982
Created by Muppet masters Jim Henson and Frank Oz and featuring designs by fantasy artist Brian Froud, this is the age-old tale of good vs. evil in a magical, mystical land peopled with the most marvelous creatures. To spin this tale of myth, mystery, and adventure, astounding special effects combining electronics, puppetry, make-up, hydraulics, and craft are used to create a fantastic world. Muppet masters Jim Henson and Frank Oz bring this mystical world to life.
Logan Lerman, Brie Larson, Cody Linley
New Line Cinema; Directed by Wil Shriner
Rated PG; 91 minutes; 2006
When young Roy moves from Montana to Florida with his family, he ends up befriending two kids who are fighting to protect the home of a group of endangered burrow owls from a real estate developer. Based on the popular children’s book with new music from producer Jimmy Buffett.
Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Tim Curry
Walt Disney Pictures; Directed by Brian Henson
Rated G; 99 minutes; 1996
The entire gang of lovable muppets are back for an all-new adventure based on the classic tale of pirates and buried treasure. Hollywood’s favorite muppet personalities Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy head the cast of hilarious humans and non-humans in a fun-filled fantasy that features original music from Academy Award® winning composer Hans Zimmer.
Sean Astin, Josh Brolin
Warner Bros.; Directed by Richard Donner
Rated PG; 111 minutes; 1985
A group of seven young friends from a small Northwest town who find themselves on a thrilling underground adventure filled with humor and heart-pounding peril as they seek the secrets behind the treasure of the notorious pirate, One-Eyed Willie.
REVIEWS: "More things happen in this movie than in six ordinary action films! There's not just a thrill a minute; there's a thrill, a laugh, a shock and a special effect" - Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
"Wow! I can't imagine a better summer movie. Extraordinary! Exciting!"- Joel Siegel, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, ABC-TV
"A clever thriller with laughs that combines storybook splendor with modern chills. I doubt if there's a kid from 6 to 60 who won't be cheering them on."- Rex Reed, NEW YORK POST
Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem
New Line Cinema; Directed by Eric Brevig
Rated PG; 92 minutes; 2008
A scientist whose radical theories have completely tarnished his reputation goes backpacking across Iceland and finds a cave that leads him deep down into the bowels of the planet. He follows it trying to find out what has happened to his missing brother. He discovers a fantastic and dangerous lost world in the center of the earth filled with bizarre landscapes and terrifying creatures.
Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Patricia Arquette, Tim Blake Nelson
Buena Vista Pictures; Directed by Andrew Davis
Rated PG; 2003
Sigourney Weaver plays a warden at Camp Green Lake with an unusual method of discipline. The camp makes all of its wards dig large holes under the guise of building character. The real reason is a plan to find a buried treasure left in the desert long ago.
Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn
Walt Disney Pictures; Directed by Clyde Geronimi and Wilfred Jackson
Rated G; 75 minutes; 1951; Animated
Disney version of Lewis Carroll's Children's story. Alice becomes bored and her mind starts to wander. She sees a white rabbit who appears to be in a hurry. She chases it into its burrow and then a most bizarre series of adventures begins.
“Groundbreaking Reads” is the adult reading program theme this summer at the Hutchinson Public Library. There are no minimum reading requirements, but you might want to explore groundbreaking books or dig into other underground phenomena and activities like composting, caving, and archaeology. The 2013 “Groundbreaking Reads” program is open to adults ages 18 and older, with a reading incentive program, weekly prize drawings, and puzzle sheets. The sign up for the adult program begins May 24 and will run concurrently with the children’s program, titled “Dig Into Reading!” through August 3. Get your whole family involved!