Dig into Reading with Soil Tunnels, Stories & Big Equipment

Blo3urrow deep into a soil tunnel and get behind the controls of big digging equipment June 1 from 10am–2pm for Dig into Reading. Children will laugh and learn while their parents sign them up for a whole summer of fun. This is the kick-off event of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library’s SummerFest reading program. There’ll be lots of photo opps, so bring your camera!

Have hands-on experiences with diggers, loaders and an excavator simulator that lets you dig a virtual ditch in less than two minutes. Play in layers of soil and learn to plant a seed. Meet some live worms and taste some edible ones – Ewwww! Find out about underground safety that could help you with your outdoor projects.

soiltunnelThe schedule of all our SummerFest events can be found in the June/July edition of Library News. Pick up a copy at the library, look for it in the mail or read it here.

When you sign up for summer reading, your kids will really dig exploring stories, meeting new friends and reaping the rewards of reading. Visit summerfest.tscpl.org to register to read or pick up a paper reading tracker at the library. Summer readers earn rewards like free bowling passes and chocolate – plus sharper reading skills to impress teacher when school resumes. There are age-based programs to fit everyone in the family and great grand prize drawings. You could win an ereader.

SummerFest programming and prizes are sponsored by The Friends of the Library and many community partners who make this reading initiative possible. Dig into Reading program partners are: Murphy Tractor, North Central Kansas Tech College, Shawnee County Soil Conservation District, Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners, Shawnee County 4-H, Kansas One-Call.

The library will be closed May 28 in observance of Memorial Day, but we’re always open at tscpl.org and customers can sign up for summer reading there. Just click the “SummerFest” button.

Library hours are Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.

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