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Summer reading program engages mind and body
Minutes of reading, exercise count this summer
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Flowers planted by the Great Bend Beautification Committee brighten the Great Bend Public Library parking lot. - photo by Susan Thacker/Great Bend Tribune

Great Bend Public Library’s Summer Reading Program kicks off Wednesday, June 1, at the library, 1409 Williams. This summer children, teens and adults will be encouraged to engage is healthy activity in addition to taking time to read.
“On Your Mark, Get Set — Read!” is the theme for the children’s summer library program. The theme for teens is “Get in the Game, Read!” and the theme for adults is “Exercise Your Mind, Read.”
Readers in each age group can sign up at the library or online at
Children who sign up agree to read a certain number of minutes between June 1 and July 20. For example, if a child reads for 20 minutes a day, five days a week, that is 100 minutes a week. There are seven weeks to the program, so the goal would be 700 minutes for the summer.
Children’s events include Mad Science at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. this Thursday; Story Time at 10 a.m. every Friday; and a movie at 4 p.m. every Friday. Kid Fit activities will be at 10 a.m. every Monday, except July 4 when the library will be closed.
Teen readers include those who have just finished grades 6-12. (Graduating seniors may participate in either the teen program or the adult program.) They will have a kickoff party at 2 p.m. Wednesday and can register for “Shaving Cream Fun” this Friday. There are also outdoor games at 2 p.m. on Thursday and a movie at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 6. Teens will also have programs such as “Energy Bites” on June 20 and yoga on June 23.
This year’s adult summer library program will have a variety of activities that will exercise both body and mind. Adults can count minutes spent reading and minutes of exercise; 100 minutes is worth a prize pack ticket and 500 minutes earns the participant a grand prize ticket.
Upcoming programs include an evening of card games starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, and the movie “Creed” at 7 p.m. on Friday. This movie will be open to adults age 18 and older.
Starting next week there will also be crochet classes on Mondays at 9 a.m. and Tech Tuesdays at 3 p.m.
Yoga classes are scheduled for 10 a.m. June 9, 4 p.m. June 21 and 10 a.m. June 23. There are also game nights, do-it-yourself craft nights and more movie nights for adults only scheduled this summer.