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Libraries offer space-themed summer

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PUPPETEERS: Zan and Dan Raynor demonstrate their marionette puppets after production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the Marion Public Library Tuesday. The summer reading program and other daily activities are keeping the library busy this time of year.
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SUMMER FUN: Kids get a closer look at the puppets used in Tuesday’s puppet show at the Marion Public Library. The library has events for families and kids every day during the summer months.

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com

Summer is in full swing at local libraries, with prizes on offer for reading through the summer months and plenty of activities. 

The summer reading program for 2019 is called “A Universe of Stories,” and Marion Public Library and Gas City-Mill Township Public Library are hosting space-themed events to go along with the reading program. 

“Our summer reading program began last week but we’re still signing people up for our summer reading program. You just keep track of your reading for six weeks and you can earn prizes,” said Tylanna Jones, head of children’s services at Marion Public Library.

Jones said that throughout the summer MPL has activities every day. One such activity is the creation station, which is available every day for families to create things with. 

The summer reading program is open to children, teens and adults, Gas City-Mill Township Library’s director Jessi Brown said. 

Upcoming events: 


On Mondays at 10:30 a.m. children who are three to six years old can attend “Preschool Tales.”

On Tuesdays at noon until July 9 community members can come and enjoy the summer air with “Lunch in the Courtyard.”

On Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. kids from three to six years old can attend the interactive “Sensory Tales.”

On Thursdays at 4 p.m. adults can come and enjoy “Let’s Knit and Crochet.”

On Fridays at 10:30 a.m. families and infants 3 years old or younger can attend “Wee Tales.”

On June 15 and July 13 at 11 a.m. and June 17 and July 15 at 4 p.m. families can use their creativity at “Lego Club.” Sign-up is required for this event.

On June 18 and July 2 at 12:30 p.m. families can do fun space-related projects during “Steam Stations.” Sign-up is required for this event.

On June 12 and July 10 at 4:30 p.m. community members can come together for “Family, Food and Fun.” Sign-up is required for this event.

On June 19 and July 3 at 1 p.m. families are invited to attend “Movies at the Library.”

On June 26 at 5 p.m. families can come enjoy “Blastoff to Magic!”, a spaced theme magic show.

On June 28 from 2 to 8 p.m. adults and teens can enjoy a Stranger Things-themed escape room. Jones said that most of the spots were filled but they were taking names for a waitlist.

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On Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. children can come and enjoy the warm summer weather with “Story on the lawn.”

On Thursdays at 5 p.m. people can come watch a space themed movie.

On Fridays at 2 p.m. community members can hear a story from an astronaut in the International Space Station with “Storytime from Space.” Brown said that most of the movies are aimed at adults.

On June 15 at 5 p.m. families can come make space-themed bath bombs with “Galaxy Bath Bombs.”

On June 19 at 6:30 p.m. people can come test their knowledge of the universe with “Space Trivia.”

On June 26 at 2 p.m. children can see some out of this world magic with a space-themed magic show, “Blastoff to magic!”

On July 10 at 6:30 p.m. community members can come hear tales from a former NASA mission control person with “Stories from Mission Control.”