Library reading program takes kids to new places

Touch-a-Truck Day was held June 30 at Roy Downs Memorial Calera Public Library. Children touched and explored the Underwater Crime Scene investigation truck, the Vacutron truck, two police cars, two fire trucks, a dump truck and a cherry picker that held a piñata. (Contributed)

By MOLLIE BROWN / Community Columnist

Could you find a location based on two clues? Try this one: Jon hangs out there; every city has one.

Young bookworms have traveled to Spain, France, Australia and Africa this summer in the air-conditioned comfort of Roy Downs Memorial Calera Public Library. They’ve danced, learned languages, studied places on the globe and eaten native foods of the countries. And they’ve made crafts each week-for example, castanets when they visited Spain.

Librarian Janet Greathouse said the summer reading program, One World, Many Stories, has been a huge success. “We’ve had so many great things going on this summer. Every Tuesday, kindergarteners through third graders come from 10-12 in the morning. In the afternoon, we have fourth graders and up. We’ve had many kids who are entering high school because we made it challenging for them to discover the country we’re travelling to.”

Greathouse said the older kids are divided into groups and given clues each week. Her favorite clue was: They have tomato fights. The clue referenced a town in Spain who that holds a festival, like the running of the bulls, only they get out in the streets and have tomato fights. The kids had red water balloon fights to simulate the event. Through the program, Greathouse found a way to thank area businesses for their monetary support.

“The older kids and their parents participate in a scavenger hunt that take them to businesses in town they might otherwise overlook,” she said. “They are given clues to find the spotlighted business and have a week to find it and have their passport stamped. If they get their passport stamped every week, they will turn it in for a grand prize a $25. gift card to a store of their choice.”

The program ends July 26 with Splash Day and an ice cream party. Prizes will be given to the top readers of both age groups.

Other programs the library hosts are: Calera Kids story time every Thursday crawlers to age three come from 9-10 a.m., ages three and up at 10 a.m.; American Girl doll club is the first Saturday of every month at 2 p.m.; Zumba every Monday at 7 p.m.; Kids Monday Movies at 10 a.m.; First Friday Movie every month at 6:30 p.m.; and Book Crackers the last Tuesday every month at 2 p.m.

Are you clueless of the location in the first paragraph? It’s Calera City Hall.

Mollie Brown can be reached at dmjhb1@bellsouth.net.