Summer Reading – Europe Week

The last full week of Summer Reading was lots of fun. We started out the week with Laurie Reimer reading a story to us in German.  It has been interesting to hear some of the different languages being spoken.  It’s amazing how many of Meade’s citizens are bilingual!

Laurie Reimer tells a story in the German language

On Wednesday, Will Friesen did his “Awesome Chemistry” demonstration.  It was exciting to see all the different colors and “explosions” he created just by mixing different chemicals.

Will Friesen’s Awesome Chemistry

For Lunch & Learn on Thursday we watched a program about the Navajo Code Talkers during World War II.  We were treated to Navajo Fry Bread to eat with our lunch.

Our Family Scavenger Hunt finished up this week also.  We had to extend it one extra day due to being closed for an afternoon because of the heat.  We had some busy families out there hunting down things from around the world!


Notice of Closing

The library will close today (June 29) at noon. As you may know, we currently have no air conditioning.  It is expected to be very hot today, and we've also had some power issues this morning — so we thought this would be best.

The Scavenger Hunt turn-in deadline has been extended to 5 p.m. tomorrow (June 30) because of the closing.

We also want to let you know that we will be closed on Saturday-July 2 and Monday-July 4 for Independence Day.


Coming Up This Week

This week, we are focusing on Europe.  Laurie Reimer will lead Family Story Time on Monday morning.  Wednesday, features Will Friesen's Awesome Chemistry Concoctions.  This will be a program full of color and surprise.  Thursday's Lunch & Learn will be a film about the Navajo Code Talkers during World War II, and we will sample Navajo Fry Bread.

Click on the Summer Reading Link above to find out the exact time of each program.

We hope it won't be long until our air conditioner is fixed, so please bear with us as we attempt to beat the heat!!!


Summer Reading – The Americas Week

The Americas were the special theme of the week.  We started out the week with Rhonda Donahue leading Family Story Time.  What great fun the kids had hearing the story and then making Play-Doh creations!

Melia F. and Ethan F. at Family Story Time

On Wednesday, Christine McPheter came from the Meade County Extension Office for “Mexico Munchies and More.”  We had fruit salsa on cinnamon chips for a snack, played games outside ending with a piñata.

Christine McPheter and Javier L. tell a story in English and Spanish

Sarah K. tries to break the piñata

For Lunch & Learn on Thursday, we watched a video on honey bees and honey production and then had a honey tasting party, sampling 11 different varieties of honey from around the world.

Kasey H., Corky Newland, Mary Ryckman, Sarah May, Marshela Adolfson and Caleb May each show their favorite honey.



Summer Reading This Week

This coming week promises to have lots of fun activities.  The Emily Pinnick Room is always open with activities and crafts you can do at any time.  Family Story Time will be on Monday morning.  The Meade County Extension will give the Wednesday program focusing on healthy Mexican food. 

Our Lunch & Learn will be on Thursday and will be on the Life Cycle of the Honeybee.  We’ll also have a honey tasting party with 11 different varieties of honey (white gold, eucalyptus, wildflower, clover, alfalfa, orange blossom, dandelion, tupelo, buckwheat, blueberry and sage).  We did this three years ago, and it was lots of fun.  Come see if you can tell the difference in flavor.  Younger children are welcome, but any child under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please click on the Summer Reading tab to find out the times of each of the programs and come join in the fun.  We thank everyone for being patient with our lack of air conditioning.  We hope the problem will be remedied this week and that our library will be nice and cool once again!

Summer Reading Sponsors

These are our 2011 Summer Reading Sponsors.   We appreciate our sponsors for providing money to help us operate the program and prizes that we give to all of our participants.  We couldn’t do it without them.

Parrot w+READ, One World Many Stories

7L Gardens Fantasia Imaging
AJ Electric Farm Bureau Insurance
Alco Fowler State Bank
BKM Electric Lisa Hogan – Usborne Books
Bachman Drug Meade Recreation Commission
Backroom Printing Meade State Bank
Blessings Unlimited (Sarah May) Meade Thriftway
Blossoms & Gifts Pizza Hut
Bob’s Drive-In Reflections on the Sole
Corner Auto Parts Reimer Construction
Dalton Gang Hideout & Museum The SmokeHoss
Dollar General The Snappy Stop
The Dusty Rose  Sunshine School

Summer Reading – Africa Week

It has been a very busy week at Meade Public Library.  We started the week out with Family Story Time led by Marshan Padgett who told a picture story from Africa.  On Wednesday, Tam Raynor gave a presentation called “Tanzania, A Great Place to Live.”  Tam and her husband, Chris, were missionaries in Tanzania for six years.  On Thursday, we had our first Lunch & Learn with a short video on The Taj Mahal and sampled Mulligatawny Soup, a curry soup from India.

The kids listen carefully for their instructions during Family Story Time.

Tam Raynor shows some of her items from Tanzania.

Summer Reading – Australia Week

We’ve had an exciting week filled with fun activities here at the library.  On Wednesday, Debbie Thomas presented a program on Australia.  She had lots of items to show us and lots of stories to tell about the country where her husband grew up.

Debbie shows a hand-knit sweater depicting the Swagman from the "Waltzing Matilda" song.

Emily F. gives Vegemite a try.

On Friday evening, we had a movie night for the kids where they saw the movie “Ozzie.”  In another room, adults were treated to a World Cuisine Sampler where everyone brought a different foreign dish.  No one went away hungry with all of the good food!  Thanks to everyone who participated.

The World Cuisine Sampler

Alan Feldman was the first adult to finish the Summer Reading Program, and Cheryle Shelton finished a day later.  The adults must read seven books total, and each book focuses on a different continent.  Congratulations Alan and Cheryle!!!

This week will be lots of fun as we celebrate “Africa Week.”  Family Story Time is on Monday, Tam Raynor will give a program on living in Tanzania on Wednesday, and we will have our first Lunch & Learn on Thursday.  Click on the Summer Reading link to find out times and details of the programs.  We hope to see you at the library this week.

Make a Difference

The Meade Alco Store will have a trailer on site for supplies to go to the aid the people of Joplin, Missouri, who are in great need of a great many items.  The trailer will be on the parking lot on Friday evening, June 10, and Saturday morning, June 11. 

If you wish to bring a donation to Alco, please package your items in secure boxes, seal and label them “For Joplin.”  The staff will make sure they are placed in the trailer. 

An EF5 Tornado hit Joplin on May 22, 2011, destroying a large portion of the city and killing over 140 people.

Summer Reading – Asia Week

Last week was a great one as we started counting the books.  It’s always fun to turn in the books and see each person work toward reaching their goal.

We enjoyed having the Dave Beachy family in to present their program on the “Fascinating Philippines.”  Each person in the family had a part in presenting something special about the place they call home several months out of each year.  Maggie Beachy brought in her very delicious spring rolls for everyone to enjoy.

Maggie Beachy serves her famous spring rolls.

This coming week, our focus is on the continent of Australia.  We will be having a variety of activities centered around Australia and Oceania.  The program on Wednesday morning is “Outback and Down Under” by Debbie Thomas.  You won’t want to miss it.  On Friday evening, we will have our “World Cuisine Sampler.”  This will be a potluck of various foods from around the library.  Please sign up at the library for the food you’d like to bring.

Click on the Summer Reading link to find the times of the events just listed and to learn more about the “One World, Many Stories” Summer Reading Program.  It’s not too late to start particpating!