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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Library offers plethora of Summer Programs

Library offers plethora of Summer Programs

Sara Escobar

Evening Star
The Stewart C. Meyer public library in Harker Heights is offering an array of events and activities for people of all ages this summer, including its annual Summer Reading Club. The Summer Reading Club is a friendly head to head competition, according to the circulation clerk at the library, Rose Ramon. “This is geared towards everyone—children, teens and adults—to see who can read the most during the summer. For every hour of reading, a Lego is added to one of our structure to keep track of which group is reading the most. The kids are at a massive amount already, and just the other day we added over 900 Legos for the adult structure.” Ramon went on to say that when it comes to competition, reading is the real prize. “We want people to read all summer long, because that’s an incentive in itself. When you sign up, you receive a book bag and a book mark to decorate and store your books.” For those interested in signing up, you can do so in person at the library or online, and the same goes for logging hours reading.
From May through August, the library and its staff are determined to help others “read, inspire and create”; this common theme plays into all activities happening at the library this summer. There are over 30 events scheduled in these months for children alone. Some events include the Great Building Challenge that takes place every Monday at 2 p.m., where school-age children can challenge themselves with different building challenges and materials. Wednesdays at 2 p.m., kids ages 6 through 12 can also explore a different branch of science. Baby Time is scheduled Monday mornings at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., where parents and caregivers can help infants and toddlers up to 18 months develop early literacy skills through music, fingerplays, rhymes and more. Thursdays at 10 a.m., children aged three and older can visit the library for a variety of stories, songs, puppets, and more. There are even free summer camps for kids, such as a Sewing Camp in July and a Writing Camp in August.
For teenagers, the library hosts Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh mini battles every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 0.m. According to the library’s official website, whether a teen is interested in video games, trading cards, movies, or books, this event will be perfect for them. Additionally, the library is looking for teen volunteers that can help foster job skills, earn hours for clubs and classes, and to meet other teens in the area. On July 6 and August 3 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., afternoon gaming is offered as well.
There are a multitude of upcoming events for adults as well. On July 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the library is holding an Artist Showcase where visitors can view and meet with different artists. There are writer’s support groups and book discussion clubs, as well as a do-it-yourself electronic publishing workshop and an Author Fair. No matter what age you are, the Stewart C. Meyer public library has something fun for you to do. For a full, detailed list of the library’s upcoming events, visit http://www.ci.harker-heights.tx.us/HHPLSpecialEvents, or call 254 953 5491, or visit in person at 400 Indian Trail Harker Heights.

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