KYL hosts summer programs

A visit from Dan Wardell and summer reading programs are just a portion of the programs that will be offered this month at Kendall Young Library.

Library director Angie Martin-Schwarze said she was excited for the appearance, and staff expect upward of 200 children to attend. Wardell is traveling to 67 communities this summer as part of his seventh-annual Reading Road trip. Martin-Schwarze said he brings children a positive message.

“Here’s this guy who is well-known on television telling kids to turn off the TV and go outside and play or read,” Martin-Schwarze said.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Kendall Young Library Board of Trustees, the board reviewed plans for two programs that will be hosted by Wardell at the library on June 21. Wardell, the host of IPTV Kids Clubhouse, will host programs at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. and will feature an original interactive story that is connected to the library’s summer reading theme. The theme is “Dig into Reading,” and each child who attends will receive a gift.

On June 27, the library will host a presentation titled, “Incredible Bats” at 6:30 p.m. The multi-media presentation is open to all ages and serves to inform attendees about what Daniel and Sharon Peterson, owners of Incredible Bats, call “misunderstood animals.” Their website has information which debunks common myths about bats, including their association with the rabies disease and their perceived tendency to fly into people’s hair.

The library’s summer reading programs are underway. Patrons of all ages can track their reading over the summer, and can enter drawings. The grand prize for the drawing in each age group is a Kindle Fire tablet computer.

Teen Tuesday events are also planned this summer. The library is hosting activities for teens every Tuesday night in June and July. Next Tuesday, the library is hosting a showing of “Here Comes the Boom” for Teen Tuesday, and on June 25, the library will host a “Hunger Games” challenge.

In other business, the board is considering what age is appropriate for a child’s library account to become private. Martin-Schwarze said that library records are private and can only be accessed by the account holder. However, she said there are situations where a young child might have forgotten a book borrowed at the library, and their parents would be able to find information like the title of that book.

The board took no action on the item at Tuesday’s meeting. Martin-Schwarze said the policy will likely be set at the board’s next meeting on July 9.

The usage of the library’s study rooms was also discussed. Martin-Schwarze said the library has seen increased usage of the three study rooms on the upper floor of the library. Current library policy allows for first-come-first-serve use of the quiet study rooms with no time limit. The board will present a policy recommendation at the July 9 meeting.