Activities galore at the library

The Waterville Library at its new location on West Locust Street. (Empire Press photo/Suzanne Robinson)


By Suzanne Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

Some of the prizes that summer reading program participants can win at the Waterville Library. (Empire Press photo/Suzanne Robinson)

The North Central Regional Library has a wide variety of programs available for all ages this summer including at its Waterville branch.

The NCRL puppet show will provide entertainment for the entire family at 1 p.m. Aug. 2. The shows are a regular summer favorite at the Waterville library. This year’s puppeteer team is a mix of new and familiar faces. They are Baillee Wilson, a 2017 Eastmont High School graduate and a former NCRL puppeteer; Zoey Ramberg; Mirsa Cassiano, a 2015 Wenatchee High School graduate and a former NCRL puppeteer; and Dillon Clare, who graduated from Wenatchee High School in June.

Teaching artist Susan Wickett-Ford of Silver Kite Community Arts in Seattle will present “Jump for Joy: Village Rhythms from Around the World” on Aug. 7 at 11 a.m. Wickett-Ford will use instruments, voices and movement to celebrate many cultures in a program for children and adults. Wickett-Ford is a lifelong dancer and dance teacher. She began her career focused on choreography and performance and founded a modern dance company. In the 90s, her focus shifted to dance education, according to the Silver Kite Community Arts website.

More summer reading program prizes on the top shelf. The library also offers a large selection of large-print books for check-out. (Empire Press photo/Suzanne Robinson)

“Science of Sound” will be presented at 11 a.m. Aug. 16. Sound is all around! This Makerspace S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program, led by Heather Inczauskis, will explore the ability to hear, touch, feel and see sound. Participants will also be able to participate in musical activities.

Some past programs at the library this summer included “Transfers & Circuits with Bob” from Chelan County PUD held July 17, and “Rocker Birds,” with Aina Spicer, held on July 25.

Throughout the summer a storytime is held on Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m., which includes stories, rhymes, finger plays, music and simple crafts. Other ongoing programs include the preschool storytime on Mondays at 10 a.m., and book and craft pairing on Thursdays at 3 p.m., with special activities, crafts and storytelling.

Everyone is reminded that there is still time to get in on the library’s summer reading program. The theme this year is “Libraries Rock!” The reading program encourages children to build reading skills, prevent summer learning loss, and prepare for a successful school year. Summer reading also promotes family togetherness by providing engaging activities for all ages. Prizes will be awarded and a drawing for a big prize will be held at the end of summer. Students can choose to read 10, 20 or 80 hours for prizes and adults can also participate for their own goals, reading enjoyment and a prize.

For more information about these programs or about the Waterville library, call librarian Amy Larsen at 745-8354 or check out the Waterville Library on Facebook.