What’s your superpower?

Who is faster than a speeding book cart? More powerful than the Community Center on Wheels? Has the ability to read tall stories in a single setting? It’s Captain Tales!

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Captain Tales invites everyone to participate in summer reading starting May 9 at Boone County Public Library. Summer Reading is divided into the youth age group, birth to 17 years of age, and the adult age group, anyone 18 years and up. Students in Boone County Elementary Schools may be registered by their school. Adults, students from other schools, and younger children can get registered at www.bcpl.org.

Summer reading is a community partnership between Boone County Public Library and Boone County schools. Get more out of your summer by reading, attending special summer events and completing a challenge log. Children can forget some of what they’ve learned during the school year, participating in summer reading is an effective strategy to help your reader maintain and even improve over summer. And while improving, why not earn prizes for your effort?
The first prize for the youth program, a book, is awarded after five hours of reading. Second prize, awarded after reading for 10 hours, is a choice of a tumbler, superhero cape or Library Bucks and one entry into the reading log grand prize drawing for a tablet.

In the adult program, you receive a free library card holder for registering. Earn a Library Buck for every item you read, listen or watch. Each week of summer reading, three weekly system winners will receive a tumbler filled with a healthy snack.

Both youwhat's your super power 12 x  18 tazerth and adults can compete for the Challenge Log Grand Prize by completing any ten challenges found on the challenge log. Watch a super hero DVD, check out a Playaway View, share your superpower with a librarian or teacher, read a magazine, and download a song are some of the examples of the challenges. Keep track by marking a shield on your challenge log or by entering the information online in a digital challenge log.

Beyond reading and contests, the Library is offering special events all summer long. The BCPL ComicFest brings something for everyone on Saturday, June 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Main Library in Burlington. ComicFest is made up of games, a photo booth, a light saber demo, a game truck, Lego speed building and a chance to show your lightning bolt or favorite cape with a costume contest.

The All-Star Read On will be June 6 at the Main Library from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Join the Chick-fil-A cow and Tales the Library Dragon for a day of baseball and books. There will be games, book sales from Joseph-Beth, and a story read by a baseball celebrity.

Is Neil Diamond a superhero to your ears? If so, you don’t want to miss Forever Diamond, a Neil Diamond tribute band that will be playing at Boone Woods Park in Burlington on Saturday, June 13 at 7 p.m. “Forever in Blue Jeans” attire not required.

Why just read about the adventures of Superheroes when you could be creating your own? Drawing Superheroes is an interactive program on August 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Florence Branch for grades third through fifth. Join Cindy Mendell from the Children’s Art Academy, as she shows you how to create your own comics and superheroes, please register ahead of time.

Be a superhero at Boone County Public Library this summer!

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Shawn Fry’s Clark Kent job is as the Assistant Director of the Boone County Public Library. When not assisting other superheros in the circulation of knowledge he can be found perfecting his superpower of listening by spending time with his daughter, Rowan.


Babies Belong at the Library!

There are many things to love about the library as a parent—lots of books, a fun and safe place for your children to explore and play, and storytimes designed especially for your child’s age. But did you know that we offer all these things for babies, too?

IMG_5577A lifetime of learning and literacy begins at birth. In the first four years of life, the brain increases to 80% of its adult weight. The brain then begins to prune connections based on experience. Connections used regularly become stronger and more complex. Connections not used are considered non-essential, and the brain eventually prunes them away to increase efficiency. What this means for you is the more connections you help your baby make early on in life, the better off your child will be—creating a child who is ready to learn when kindergarten begins and ready for a lifetime of learning beyond, too.

With an expansive collection of wonderful board books for babies, we help you to help your baby love books. Don’t worry if all your baby wants to do is chew on the book—that is how they learn! Modelling how to turn pages, pointing out favorite things (“Look, it’s a dog! We have a dog, too!”), and simply sharing a love of reading will do wonders for your baby.

Should my baby be rolling over by now? Why does he put his foot in his mouth? When will she laugh? If you are wondering about your baby’s development, we have staff members who are trained to administer the ASQ Ages and Stages Questionnaire. It is a quick snapshot of your baby’s development. You simply mark a few answers on five different developmental areas, then discuss the results. It is a great way to learn more about your baby’s development and where they are heading. Whether you are just curious to know how things are going or are concerned that your baby may have developmental delays, it is a great first step. We will come to the branch that is most convenient for you! To schedule an appointment, call Tyra at 859-342-2665, extension 8138.

IMG_20150408_100739143Best of all, the library offers Baby Time. You might wonder what in the world you do at a baby storytime…mostly, we have fun! Babies just love storytime. Peek in the window one morning and you’ll see lots of babies who are learning about so many things while they have a wonderful time! Storytime is a great way to bond with your little one, cuddling up together while you learn new rhymes, songs, and knee bounces to share at home, too! Babies’ brains are like sponges—bringing your baby to storytime supplies you and your baby with the fuel she needs to learn how to read when kindergarten comes around.

Baby Time also offers both you and your baby a chance to get out and socialize with parents and caregivers who are experiencing the same milestones that you are. This is especially important for you new mommies and daddies who are feeling overwhelmed! Lifelong friendships are made at storytime—not just for babies, but for you too!

Baby Time is a free opportunity for you to bond with your baby in a safe and fun environment while sharing your love of the library with your baby! We offer Baby Time at our Main and Scheben locations. Join us Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. at the Main library and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. at the Scheben branch now through April 25, then come back for our summer session starting in June. Scheben also offers an evening Baby Time on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m.. We can’t wait to see you there!


Susan Sitz has been a Youth Services Associate with BCPL for seven years. She has worked with children and teens of all ages, but loves getting to work with babies and toddlers best!