Will Ravenstein

Wellington Daily News

On Thursday, May 18 from 6-8 p.m. children of all ages are encouraged to visit the Wellington Public Library for their kick off block party and registration for Summer Reading.

This year the theme is ‘Build a Better World.”

After registering visitors are welcome to participate in the games that will be set up along with enjoy the contests taking place and the refreshments provided.

Activities will take place starting Tuesday, June 6 and run throughout the summer.

“We have all kinds of activities for adults, young adults and children of all ages,” Librarian Jo Plumb said. “There is a place for all of them to participate in Summer Reading. There is something for everybody.”

Wellington hosts a very active summer reading program with over 100 children and young adults participating last year alone.

With the “Build a Better World” theme Children’s Librarian Lisa Vargas has plans for a lot of STEAM inspired activities.

“We will be building things,” she said. “Learning how to build a better building to withstand a tornado or earthquake, building bridges and what kinds of things you need to do to have strong bridges. We have engineering challenges, where they are given the materials and challenged to build different things.”

Also included in the fun is taking part in a cardboard challenge.

This challenge is inspired by Caine’s Arcade. A 9-year-old child in East Los Angeles built an arcade in his dad’s store out of cardboard. This has inspired kids around the world to build games using cardboard and household items. See the video at cardboardchallenge.com

The jammed packed summer of activities will also feature a day with Exploration Place.

“We are really proud of our summer reading program,” Plumb said. “We have one of the best summer reading programs in the area. We have children from the outlying area coming. We have an active program for the children, it’s not passive. We feel really fortunate get that support and to have organizations like Exploration Place come and participate with us.”

Through generous donations and efforts from The Friends of the Library, the program is free of cost for all those that wish to participate.

“We provide through the Friends of the Library and other donations we are able to provide all the activities at no cost,” Vargas said. “It’s a great thing for them to do and learn to keep that summer slide from happening. It gives them something positive to do and doesn’t cost the parents a thing.”

Elementary age students will be able to participate in activities on Tuesday mornings with preschool aged children having two sessions scheduled on Wednesday morning.

Every other Thursday will feature family engineering night that is open for everyone.