Grammy winner kicks off RC reading program

More than 100 children and adults from the Rush City area enjoyed the “Parents’ Choice Award” Okee Dokee Brothers’ unique folk style on June 5. Three members from the audience were chosen to play the triangle, maracas and tambourine with the band. One of the crowd favorites was the song, “Can You Canoe?” Photos by Melanie M. Hedberg

More than 100 children and adults from the Rush City area enjoyed the “Parents’ Choice Award” Okee Dokee Brothers’ unique folk style on June 5. Three members from the audience were chosen to play the triangle, maracas and tambourine with the band. One of the crowd favorites was the song, “Can You Canoe?” Photos by Melanie M. Hedberg

The Rush City Summer Reading Program began June 11, and the Grammy award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers headlined the kick-off last week in front of 119 people at the Rush City Public Library.

The summer reading program mainly features Activity Days, which will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 11, 18, 25 and July 9, 16, 23, with the grand finale on Tuesday, Aug. 6. The activities are designated for two age groups: preschool (3-5 years) and elementary (first through sixth grades, approximately).

On these days, kids can do hands-on activities that relate to the reading program theme, “Dig Into Reading,” as well as read and find books to check out to help them learn even more about the activities and topics.

Branch librarian Donna Larson believes this will help the children associate the library with being a fun and exciting place to learn all kinds of things, and she anticipates “very good” participation this year.

Sofie Wilson, 6, enjoyed a sandbox break at the Rush City library. Since “Dig into Reading” is the theme of the summer reading program, children can dig their hands into a sandbox full of toys. The program includes digging into caves, dinosaurs, treasure and much more.

Sofie Wilson, 6, enjoyed a sandbox break at the Rush City library. Since “Dig into Reading” is the theme of the summer reading program, children can dig their hands into a sandbox full of toys. The program includes digging into caves, dinosaurs, treasure and much more.

Larson said the program could use adult and/or older teen help especially on the Activity Days. Helpers should plan to arrive around 3 p.m. and stay until 4:30-5 p.m. on the designated days, although some days may end earlier than others.

For those interested in signing up as a “Very Important Volunteer” on one or more of the Activity Days, contact Larson at 320-358-3948 or dlarson1@ecrlib.org. The Rush City Public Library, 240 W. Fourth St., is a branch of the East Central Regional Library system.

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