Library to throw a big party this Saturday to kick off summer reading

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Kick off Summer Reading 2016 with a Puppet Show, fun youth events and more this Saturday, June 11. Teton County Library invites readers from birth to age 100+ to exercise your mind and keep reading. Librarians will be on hand to help readers sign up and to offer personalized book recommendations. *Kick Off Day Events* - 10 a.m. Get free, required tickets for Rocky Mountain Puppets, Lobby - 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Power a Bike Blender and make fruit smoothies, Backyard - 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Face Painting with Laura Pennock, Youth Auditorium - 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Book Nook sale! Library Friends offer great summer reading deals, Lobby - 11 a.m. Rocky Mountain Puppets: “Climbing Mount Healthmore,” Ordway Auditorium - 11 a.m. Giant Games like Jenga, Connect 4 and bowling, Backyard - 1:30-3 p.m. Glitter Tattoos, Youth Auditorium/Backyard - 3-5 p.m. Screen Printing with Walt Gerald for teens entering Grades 6 to 8, Youth Auditorium *Kids from birth to entering Grade 5* The library’s Summer Reading program encourages kids to enjoy books and keep reading! When kids read for fun, they are more likely to become adults who read frequently, according to a Scholastic 2015 report. Reading to young children, from birth to pre-K, also develops their language and early literacy skills. And when older kids read independently, they maintain or grow their school skills during summer break. How does it work? By logging reading minutes, either online or via a paper tracking sheet (depending on age), and completing book-related challenge activities, kids will earn incentives and raffle tickets for prize drawings. The program encourages reading the equivalent of about 20 minutes a day and grand prizes include LEGO sets, a digital camera, sports equipment and art supplies. Kids are also invited to attend fun events like a children’s music performance with Jim Gill on June 25, Wednesday movie afternoons and Thursday activities. Pick up a Summer Reading calendar at the library or see events at Sign up birth to pre-K, in person at the Youth Services Desk. Sign kids entering Grades K to 5 online at *Entering Grades 6 to 8* Tweens and teens have the freedom to read what they like for Summer Reading: books, e-books, magazines and comics. The more you read, the more you may win! Book-related challenges will also encourage middle schoolers to try their hand at writing or explore a new genre. Grand prizes include a Razor RipStik, slackline kit and 3-D printing pen. Events for this age group, as well as teens in high school, feature a Star Wars Film Fest, workshops with local artists and cupcake decorating. See all dates at Sign up at *Entering Grade 9 to Adults Age 100+* New this year, we invite high school students to join adults for Summer Reading! For adults and high school students, every 60 minutes of reading earns you an entry to a weekly drawing for gift certificates and activity passes in Jackson, as well as an entry in our Grand Prize drawing for an iPad mini. Complete a challenge activity and earn a slice of pizza from Pinky G’s. Adult events include speakers Gretl Ehrlich and photographer Tom Mangelsen presenting with author Todd Wilkinson. See events at *Feature Photo: h/t Teton County Library / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news #whatshappening