CERRO GORDO COUNTY, July 16, 2013 – A grant provided by the Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation (CGCCF) is helping to fund the Mason City Library Summer Reading program. The program’s emphasis is on reading, but also includes such activities as crafts, movies, and special events. According to library director Mary Markwalter, the summer reading program holds something for all age groups. Babies, toddlers, and younger children are involved in “Dig into Reading”. The children can complete this part of the program on their own, or by working with parents or caregivers. The children attain such goals as listening to stories, recognizing letters and words, naming objects in books, and reading short stories. Older children participate in “Beneath the Surface”. Reading, volunteering, crafts, movies, and special programs are all included. The CGCCF grant helps to support purchase of books, supplies, and prizes for the summer reading program. Over 1,100 people are registered this year and the number grows each week.
Other features of the summer program include crafts and special events. At a recent craft session held on the library lawn, participants created Bug Clips from clothespins, feathers, glitter, yarn, and pipe cleaners. Another special event this summer featured a magic program performed by Magician Jeff Quinn. His magic tricks not only captivated the audience, but also educated them on library facts and information.
The summer reading program will close with a party at Roller City Skating Rink. All who participated in the program this year are welcome.