Celebrating 100 years of Summer
Reading at the Brumback Library
The Brumback Library is pleased to announce that its 100th Annual Summer Reading Program will be held from Monday, June 1st through Friday, July 31st. This year’s theme, entitled “Every Hero Has a Story,” will focus upon reading, library resources, and services as a pathway to fun, adventure, exploration, and discovery. A myriad of events at Main Library and the five branches will accentuate reading, history, science, mathematics, and technology activities, along with games, crafts, music, etc.
To jumpstart the program at Main Library, storyteller extraordinaire Ellen Ford will be sharing stories about Ohio’s legendary Annie Oakley, Johnny Appleseed, and Mike Fink on June 8th, while a Traveling Superhero Show and Mini Museum will take center stage on the 9th, and a 100th Summer Reading Program Anniversary Party and Celebration featuring guest readers, games and refreshments has been scheduled on the 10th. In addition, participants of all ages will want to investigate the world of science
and magic with Larry Wirtz. Magical entertainers Tom Phoolery and Jim Kleefeld will perform hero magic while Van Wert’s own Tyler Nygren will be popping in to amaze and delight his audience once again this summer. Paul Adams, a.k.a. Mr. Molecule, will be hosting a Super Hero Math Show. Science Central will be offering two programs – Good Vibrations and Math is Right. The Neil Armstrong Museum will feature Super Astronauts as well as two superhero programs – Batman Defying Gravity and Superman, Look Up in the Sky! The Indiana Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehab Group will be visiting the Library with a number of their rescued winged friends and the Johnny Appleseed Park District will be conducting a program about bats. In addition, musician Tom Sieling will present a memorable program entitled “Howl at the Moon with a Hero Tune.”
Children who have read X number of books by June 22nd will want to register to see The MadCap Puppet Theatre’s presentation of Aladdin at the Marsh Foundation Auditorium and The Columbus Children’s Theatre’s presentation of Sleeping Beauty at the Marsh Foundation Auditorium on July 8th. Participants in all three reading groups will also want to register to see Minions on July 13th and 14th at the Van Wert Cinemas.
A host of area heroes and community helpers will be involved in this year’s Summer Reading Program. A program honoring our military heroes of the Second World War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, as well as Desert Storm, Persian Gulf, and Iraq War and a current soldier serving in the military forces will be held on July 2nd. Doctors Matthew Miller and Jessica Jeffrey-Mohr will highlight the importance of good health and the roles they play in helping patients of all ages in our county. Nurse Reesa Rohrs will conduct a workshop on the role of nurses and an explanation of the work they do to help one and all. Mr. George Brake, Director of the Van Wert County Recycling Center, and Officer Stemen and the K-9 unit from the Van Wert Police Department will share their knowledge and expertise with the program’s participants. Retired service dog Maigee and Amber Wiseman will also be visiting the Library.
Young children will want to attend story time sessions with Ronald McDonald, Bob Evan’s dogs Biscuit and Gravy, and the Cat in the Hat accompanied by Thing One, a.k.a Linda and Maria Bagley. Schoolage children and their parents are invited to join Lady Cassandra of Wyndhaven the day she shares her stories of the Renaissance and
the Black Horse. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend story time with Diana DeCamp who will be sharing her expertise in transforming one’s voice to portray a variety of characters in a story. Children and parents alike will also want to attend a
play written and directed by Ryleigh Hanicq. Numerous story time sessions, combined story and craft times, walk-in crafts, and a number of other activities will be featured throughout the course of the program. Special craft time sessions have been scheduled with Dawn Cooper and Belinda Miller too.
The Library is excited that Bobby Spath will once again be offering a LEGO challenge for LEGO enthusiasts in July. Later in the month, Alison and Brett Hammons and their three children are planning outdoor fun for one and all. Two days later, Angie Hatfield will be offering Zumba lessons for interested participants. Other new activities include Field Trip Fridays. These field trips will include, but are not limited to, tours
of the Brumback Library, the Children’s Garden at Smiley Park, the Van Wert County Historical Society, the Van Wert Fire Department, and the Fire Museum at Central Insurance Company.
This summer we are encouraging all of our readers to bring in a canned good or nonperishable food item which will be donated to one of three county food banks at the conclusion of the program. In addition, we are hoping that many children will want to write letters to our soldiers to thank them for their service to our country.
This year’s program will include activities for the following age/grade levels : The Read-To-Me Club : Infants through toddlers age 2 ½. Parents are encouraged to read twenty or more titles to their child. Special story times, activities, and drawings will be held. The Listening Club : Participants age 2 ½ through children entering first grade in the fall will take part in a variety of games, stories, and activities. Adults or older children are asked to share twenty or more titles with the child and then record these titles on their sheet. The Reading Club is comprised of students who will be entering grades two through nine in the fall. All children will be encouraged to read thirty or more titles in addition to participating in a wide array of programs and events. As always, drawings, prizes, and awards will be offered. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to stop by the Library at least once a week to record their child’s titles and check out a few more books.
A children’s carnival has been scheduled near the conclusion of the program to reward the participants for their reading accomplishments. Special prizes will be awarded to children who read one hundred or more books over the course of the program.
Beginning June 1st, children can get excited about reading. We have stories about real heroes and mythical heroes. From Superman, Wonder Woman, and a wide array of other fabled characters, to presidents, world leaders, doctors, nurses, ministers, authors, artists, parents, and siblings who inspire us, there is something for everyone. With so many books waiting to be read, a comprehensive series of programs and activities each week, children and their parents and family members will want to flock to the Brumback Library to take part in this free program. Registration begins June 1st and continues throughout June and July.
For further details and information, contact the Brumback Library at (419) 238-2168 or any of the five branch library sites in Convoy, Middle Point, Ohio City, Willshire, or Wren. Funding for each of the Brumback Library’s aforementioned programs is provided through a series of grants, gifts, and donations. To date, nearly forty area businesses have made and/or pledged their support for this noteworthy program.