Library reading program

North Dakota State Library Marketing Specialist BreAnne Meier, center, lets young people examine moon rocks and soil, as well as meteorite fragments, as part of the Williston Community Library’s NASA Lunar Rocks and Meteorites event, part of the library’s summer reading program.

“One small step for Man, one giant leap for Mankind.”

Those words, spoken by Neil Armstrong as he stepped onto the surface of the moon nearly 50 years ago, have inspired a generation of astronomers, scientists, artists and writers.

With the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing coming up on July 20, the Williston Community Library is hoping that giant leap for Mankind will inspire kids to pick up a book and keep their minds active during summer break.

The library’s Summer Reading Program kicked off at the beginning of the month and runs through the last week of July, but Library Director Andrea Placard said anyone who wishes to participate can sign up at any time. This year’s program theme is “Universe of Stories,” playing off the space theme to coincide with the moon landing’s anniversary.

As part of the Summer Reading celebration, on Monday, June 10 the library hosted BreAnne Meier, marketing specialist for the North Dakota State Library, who with the permission of NASA, showed off some genuine moon rocks and soil samples, obtained during Apollo missions 15, 16 and 17. Meier, who had to complete special certification in order to borrow the samples, is visiting 23 libraries across the state with the moon samples, as well as pieces of meteorites that are also on loan from NASA. Nearly 100 people showed up for the event, which included a moon-themed story time. To help encourage reading through the program, Placher gave the Williston Herald five things to know about the Summer Reading program.

1. How it works. During the months of June and July, kids can earn prizes simply by picking up a book and completing the weekly challenges. Bingo-style challenge sheets can be picked up weekly at the library, with prizes earned for the number of squares filled in. Teens and adults can also take part in the program, with different challenges geared towards their ages. Rather than weekly prizes, teens and adults can earn prizes based on every five challenges completed.

2. It’s free. Placher said there is no cost whatsoever with anything related to the program. In order to keep the program accessible to everyone, Placher said she feels it is important to keep it free and open to anyone interested.

3. A library card is not required to participate. While Placher encourages residents to obtain a card to take full advantage of all the library has to offer, one is not needed to take part in the program or any of its associated activities. One simply needs to stop in to the library and register.

4. There are activities nearly every day during the program, for readers of all ages. However, Placher added, one does not need to take part in the activities in order to be a part of the reading program.

The activities consist of crafts, music and more.

5. There will be a Summer Reading Party at the end of July, once the program ends. Placher said there will be “tons of prizes” given away to congratulate those who participated, as well as to celebrate reading in general.

A date has not been formally announced yet, but Placher said that will be announced soon.

For more information about the Summer Reading program, contact the Williston Community Library at 701-774-8805. The library is located at 1302 Davidson Drive.

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