The theme for this year's summer reading program at the Minot Public and Ward County libraries is "Fizz, Boom, Read."
The program will kick off at 2 p.m. June 9 with a program by local singer/songwriter Jazmine Wolff at the Minot Municipal Auditorium. She will make a big bang to get kids excited about reading.
Other activities during the summer will have a science theme.
Children from Kenmare Elementary pose by the Ward County Library Bookmobile earlier this month.
For children ages 3 to 6, there will be a story and a scientific exploration activity each week in the Minot Public Library Imagination Station at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, starting on June 16 and continuing through July 28.
The program on June 16 will be related to sounds. On June 23, children will explore different smells. On June 30, children will be exploring sight and touch. On July 7, the youngsters will make fossils. On July 14, they will make bubbles. On July 21, children will learn about the wind and make a wind sock. On July 28, they will learn about magnets. On August 4, they will be doing activities with colors.
Activities for kids in grades 2-5 will include science-based programs at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoons. On June 18, children in this age group will explore "gross science." On June 25, kids will be doing science activities with Kool Aid and soda pop. On July 2, they will do science activities with eruptions. On July 9, they will find out how to make a speed racer. On July 16, the Believe it or Not program with Arch Ellwein will be held at the Minot Municipal Auditorium. On July 23, students will make magic potions.
Activity-based programs will be held for school age children entering first grade and older, in the library at 2 p.m. Thursdays in the Imagination Station. On June 19, kids will make robots. On June 26, they will do experiments with candy chromatography. On July 10, they will do experiments with magnets. On July 17, they will play LEGO games. On July 24, they will do activities with moon rocks. On July 31, they will make paper airplanes and fly them.
A "mad scientist" luncheon for school-age children in grades 2-5 will be held at noon on Aug. 7 in the library lab. Children must have registered no later than 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6, to attend.
The Ward County Library will join in with the kickoff to the summer reading program but will hold other activities separately from the Minot Public Library. Some experiments will be done during scheduled tops on the Ward County Library bookmobile, said librarian Kerri Tyler. The month of June will be themed around experiments that relate to baking soda and vinegar. Each bookmobile stop with children will get to conduct experiments. The experiments for the month of July will be themed around ice or space. The bookmobile will also participate in the North Dakota State Fair parade at the end of July to promote reading and the summer reading program. The bookmobile will make regularly scheduled stops throughout the summer.
Tyler said the Kenmare library will also be having its own summer reading program activities.
Children can sign up for the summer reading program at the library or during the launch of the summer reading program on June 9.
Kids keep reading logs for how long they read and can earn chances for drawings for prizes throughout the summer.
"It's going to be really fun," said Tyler.