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Summer Programs for Kids from Preschool to High School

The library’s summer begins on Thursday, June 3, at 10:00 a.m., when Sara Hickman, one of central Texas’ favorite childrens musicians, kicks off the summer program for children (younger kids through age 12). Listen to the music, ride the JiggleBug train, get silly with Zippy the balloon-bending clown, cuddle up to the animals in the petting zoo, and enjoy the food—it’s just the beginning of the fun that will be found at the library throughout June and July.

A week later the teens take center stage. On Wednesday, June 9, from 3 – 5:00 p.m., Summer of Awesome (for kids age 12 through 18) begins, with a mobile video game theater, giant hamster ball, hot dogs, soda and ice cream. As long as you’re not too old or too young, come and join the fun!

After the hullabaloo of the kickoffs, here’s what the younger set can generally look forward to throughout the summer:

  • Tuesday mornings each week will be the time for special performances (clowns, musicians, story tellers, and more) for kids ages 4-7 and craft time for those who are 7 and older. W
  • Wednesdays there will be performances suitable for all ages—such things as a zoo show, Mad Science, and a magic show–but children generally need to be able to sit quietly to watch a presentation that lasts about 45 minutes.
  • Activities on Thursdays will be mixed, sometimes a storytime with Ms. Huba, other times presentations by different people or groups from our community.
  • Registration for the Texas Reading Club and book logs will be online again this year. A dedicated Texas Reading Club computer will be available in the children’s room if you don’t have one at home.

For the teens there will be activities on Wednesday and Friday afternoons each week, including

  • movies, Japan day, a magic workshop, an improv workshop, an author visit with April Lurie, airbrush tattoos, a murder mystery and crafts; and
  • the second annual teen art show, where art will be divided into three categories:  traditional media, photography, and digital art.

For more information about the summer program see the library’s teen website ( or call Bethni King at 931-7716.

The success of last year’s first tween program (ages 9 -12) has encouraged Ms. Rosa to continue it this summer. The events for tweens are more active, hands-on learning or playing activities, rather than a presentation by a performer and they will be interspersed throughout the summer rather than on specific days. Planned activities include costume design, a drawing class, designing with silk flowers, a game day, cupcake decorating, and a magic workshop.

For all summer activities for your kids, watch the library’s website. Our Google calendars (Library Events on the right side of the front page) are updated as soon as plans are firm. You may look at them today and see most of the summer’s activities.