The Ottawa Library has a summer of learning and fun planned for readers of all ages, and it all starts in two weeks.
“The beginning of May finds us just two weeks away from the start of summer reading,” a release on the Library’s website said. “It is starting earlier this year because of the end date of the school year.”
Beginning May 18, the library’s annual eight-week program — themed this summer as “Libraries Rock” — will kick off with a party that begins at 4 p.m. outside the library, located at 105 S. Hickory St. Hickory Street will be closed between First and Second streets at 4 p.m., along with the adjacent city parking lot.
“At that time, you can sign up for summer reading,” the release said. “Our kick-off party will provide opportunities for you to see live entertainment, The Imagination Playground, and bounce houses.”
An example of the planned entertainment is a car crafting station, according to Cindi Brewer, Ottawa Library youth services manager.
Alan Cunningham, Sunflower Elementary music teacher, is scheduled to perform from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Food trucks will be available. At dusk, an outdoor screening of the animated movie “Sing” is scheduled. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
“There will be free popcorn, and the Teen Council will be selling concessions,” the release said.
Regular programming for the summer reading program will begin the week of May 21 with summer activities including music, rhythm, and sound, according to the release.