With the first signs of Spring fighting to appear, it’s not too early to start thinking about summer! In fact, our Youth Services staff and committee representatives from each of our La Crosse County Libraries in Bangor, Campbell, Holmen, Onalaska and West Salem have been thinking about summer for quite some time already!
Each year, June and July focus our attention to the Summer Reading Program, a critical role we play in keeping your readers absorbing print materials between the school years and to help your toddlers and preschoolers prepare for the gift they’ll find in the written word once they discover their own abilities to read later on. This year’s Summer Reading Program theme will be “Get a Clue” and from what I’ve seen so far of plans, it’s going to be a fabulous way for your children, grandchildren and even teens to spend part of their summer!
With only 3.5 Youth Services staff serving the children and teens of 5 La Crosse County Libraries, it amazes me each year that this gets pulled off at the level that it does! It truly couldn’t be possible without each and every one of our library staff at all levels chipping in. You’ll see a number of new faces this summer as some of our long-time dedicated Staff has now moved on into retirement, but we’re already gearing everyone up to celebrate a great reading season breaking in our new Staff. It won’t be much longer before you can see a preview of the upcoming program details which include some of our returning favorites like world class yo-yo guru, Mark Hayward and some brand new shows for us like the Amiable Dancing Dogs. We will also have the unbelievable pleasure this summer to host nationally known children’s musician, Tom Pease!
The programming provided by our staff is a reflection of the commitment that they have made to library service. Their dedication and commitment is second to none, but some of this fantastic programming would not be possible without the generosity and support of many area businesses who help provide incentives and awards for the reading our youth complete during this program. If you or your business would like to get involved, please contact our Youth Services staff at our Onalaska location at 781-9568, extension 5.
I’d also like to add one more bucket of gratitude to our loyal Friends of the Onalaska Public Library for sponsoring two of our upcoming program shows in Onalaska this summer. They continue to support and advocate for our libraries through the generosity of their time and resources.
Watch for more information in the coming weeks on the exciting programming ahead or visit our website or like us on Facebook for the latest updates. We can’t forget our adults though either! Be sure to check out our on-going book clubs at our Holmen, Onalaska and West Salem locations. Information about their upcoming selections, meeting dates and times can be found on our website.
Chris McArdle Rojo, MLS
La Crosse County Library Director
103 State St.
Holmen, WI 54636
608-526-9600, opt. 1