Library Hosting Summer Reading Program 2022


The Elkins Public Library is excited to announce its Summer Reading Program, which features the theme Ocean of Possibilities! Each week, there will be an hour-long program that begins at 11 a.m., on Thursdays at the Elkins Community Center (162 Doolin Street). The programs are intended for students in kindergarten through fifth grade but all are welcome.

Preregistration is not required and reading logs will be handed out at each meeting for those that would like to participate. The reading logs, which will be available each week, will be based on how much time is spent reading, not by book. Participants can complete logs to win weekly reading prizes and door prizes.

We are also offering Reading Bingo Cards for ages 0-14 with age-appropriate instructions! You can pick these up at the library, during the reading program sessions, or download and print your own here. Earn fun prizes for your card getting a “blackout!”

Here is the schedule:

June 16

Alan Burdick, Magician

A former professional symphony conductor, Alan has traded in his conductor’s baton for a magic wand. He delights audiences of all ages by combining music and magic.

June 23

Marshall Mitchell, Musician

Marshall Mitchell, the singing cowboy, along with his band of Clean Water Raingers, are Heading Downstream to perform for our program. Kids will imagine what they can do to care for the rivers, lakes, and streams in their own neighborhoods as they learn about water’s journey downstream into the “Oceans of Possibilities.”

June 30

Dr. Jessica Kowalski, archeologist

Dr. Jessica Kowalski is now the Station Archaeologist for the Arkansas Archaeological Survey and Research Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas. She will share about geologic and archeological finds in Arkansas.

July 7

Island Pacific Dancers of Northwest Arkansas

The Island Pacific Dancers of Northwest Arkansas will bring island beauty, wonder, fun, and aloha to the Summer Reading Program. Their purpose is to help perpetuate Pacific Island cultures through education and respecting presentations.

July 14

The Amazeum

Circuit Creatures   

Let’s dive into the electrifying world of circuits! We will explore the basics of circuitry with lights and batteries. Our young inventors will gain new problem-solving skills by transforming the purpose and possibilities of everyday items into glowing ocean creatures.

July 21

Galen Harp, Institute of Jugglology

Galen Harp from the Institute of Jugglology is back! This award-winning juggler has great fun and education programming just for kids.