Here’s a peek at some of the fun programs we’ve had at the library so far this summer.
Book Smack and STEAM
The kids all got a chance to talk about a book for 30 seconds. Most of them went over time and had marshmallows thrown at them to let them know their time was up. We then did a fun STEAM activity with KEVA Planks, Lego, and Ozobots. The kids created a city for the Ozobot and drew roads for it to follow. The team work and creativity was fun to see.
Geoff Aikens of Bubble Wonders came and showed us through his bubble presentation that Anything Is Possible!
The ORL Maker Crew showed us how a 3D printer and green screen work. We even got to try using a handheld 3D printer!
Opera Kelowna: The Joy of Song
We even had Opera in the library! Thank you Haley for a wonderful presentation and for singing to us.
For some of us, 30 seconds isn’t enough time to say all we want to say about a good book. However, it is long enough to get the audience curious enough to want to read it…while throwing marshmallows to get the speaker to stop talking.
This summer’s Books Smack & Marshmallow Toss has been filled with fast paced book reviews, fast pitched marshmallows, and hilarious Minute to Win It games.
Here are some Book Smackers playing the Minute to Win It game ‘Cookie Face’.
Colleen O’Hare, a volunteer from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada- Okanagan Centre, enthralled her audience with a wild trip through Space. We learned everything from Black Holes that don’t suck to gamma rays that rudely knock into each other. Now, we are all looking forward to the total eclipse of the sun (not the heart) on August 21! (Yes, the technical term is Total Solar Eclipse, but I couldn’t resist the offhand nod to Bonnie Tyler.)
We had a great time with Andy the Musical Scientist on Monday. We were all impressed by the incredible instruments he created out of household items and amazed by the cools sounds he made with them. Summer programs at the library have kicked off to a great start!
Check our website if you are interested in learning more about our summer programs: http://www.orl.bc.ca/hours-locations/salmon-arm.
First, a huge thank you to our Salmon Arm Friends of the Library (FOL) for sponsoring our programs year after year. I don’t know what we would do with out you!
Registration for Summer Reading Club begins Tuesday, June 20 and is free. Just contact the library by email, phone or in person to register. (No online registration is available this year to join the club.)
We have 3 Summer Clubs this year.
- Read-to-Me Club for ages 1 – 4 years.
- BC Summer Reading Club for ages 5 -12 years.
- Summer Challenge Tracker for ages 1 – 18.
We also have free summer programs and contests for students. Registration for these programs is available online and opens 2 weeks before the event. Contact the library or go to our branch page at http://www.orl.bc.ca/hours-locations/salmon-arm to register for a program. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Children 9-11 must have an adult within easy contact.
Here is a list of our programs:
Here is a list of our contests and sponsors:
And here is a peek at this year’s Challenge Tracker:
Thanks again to the Salmon Arm Early Childhood Development Committee for sponsoring these events! Child Care Resource & Referral (CCRR) will provide toys and activities after story time.
And the GRAND PRIZE winners are….Mikaila and Tomi!
Mikaila won the GoPro Camera, and Tomi won the Razor Scooter. Congratulations Mikaila and Tomi!
Thank you Friends of the Library for funding these prizes.
A huge congratulations to Bastion Elementary for having the highest percentage of students sign up for SRC this past summer. Here’s what the breakdown looks like:
- Bastion: 34%
- Salmon Arm West: 27%
- Hillcrest: 23%
- Shuswap Middle School: 22%
- South Broadview: 17%
- Ranchero: 16%
- North Canoe: 15%
Thank you to all teachers, teacher librarians and all educators for promoting Summer Reading Club. We had over 100 more students register this year than we had last year. Yay!