Busy summer planned at Allerton library

There will be plenty of activities for area youth to take part in at the Allerton Public Library this summer, particularly in June. At least one event is planned each weekday next month at the Monticello-based library.

“We have a ton of stuff this summer. It’ll be fun,” Youth and Programming Services Director Cara Stoerger reported to the library board on May 2.

Besides the summer reading program, there will be Explorer’s Science Club programs on Mondays in June; and Tuesday and Wednesday events through July 18 that will include Clothespin Puppets, a Pirate’s Treasure Hunt, and a program by the Orpheum Museum.

A summer reading wrap-up is scheduled for July 24 with a visit from the Monticello High School band and an ice cream social.

A 4H Food Challenge for those in grades six through 12 is being also held at 10 a.m. each Friday in June.

“They discuss nutrition and different ways to prepare things and there are prizes that go with it. It’s kind of like the (TV) show ‘Chopped.’ That’s what they base it on,” said Stoerger.

On June 29 the teams of two to four people will face their last challenge and give presentations to a panel of judges about their creations and nutritional values. All participants will receive a 4-H Food Challenge apron to keep, and the winning teams receive additional prizes.

Additional information, including registration for the reading program and some of the summer events, is available online at www.monticellolibrary.org.

Explorer’s Science Club, open to those entering third through fifth grades, meets at from 11 a.m. to noon Mondays in June. Preregister by calling 217-762-4676 or emailing info@monticellolibrary.org. Programs will include:

June 4 – Light and Shadow

June 11 – Boat Float Challenge

June 18 – Kitchen Science by the Piatt County Extension

June 25 – Kitchen Science by the Piatt County Extension

Tuesday programs, all offered at 10 a.m., will include:

June 5 – Clothespin Puppet Show

June 12 – DIY Pirate Gear Craft

June 19 – Tracking Down Nature (Champaign County Forest Preserve)

June 26 – Orpheum Museum Space Program

July 3 – Kids Bingo

July 17 – Early Transportation (Museum of the Grand Prairie)

July 24 – Summer Reading Wrap-up with the MHS Band, Ice Cream Social

Wednesday events, all beginning at 10:30 a.m., will include:

June 6 – Hand Puppet Craft

June 13 – Pirate’s Treasure Hunt

June 20 – Bee Hive Paintings

June 27 – Spacey Crafts

July 11 and 18 – Open Crafting

Laptimes continue during the summer at 9:15 p.m. Wednesdays, with Storytimes at 10:15 a.m. Thursdays. Summer Science is at 11 a.m. Mondays June 4 through June 25, and the Teen 4H Food Challenge will be at 10 a.m. June 1 through June 29.

In addition, the title of the first Friday Tech Time has been changed to App Time to clarify that the 2 to 3 p.m. offering instructs participants how to use technology, and not to provide tech support for their devices.



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