Summer isn’t quite here yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get ready for the Natchitoches Parish Library’s (NPL) annual Summer Reading Program (SRP)!
This year, in celebration of the NPL’s 80th birthday, patrons may pre-register for their age group’s SRP Tuesday, May 28 through Saturday, June 8. Everyone who pre-registers during that week will receive an 80th anniversary promotional item and an entry to win one of three Amazon Fire tablets, provided by the Friends of the Natchitoches Parish Library. There will be a drawing for each age group of the SRP: children, teens, and adults!
Those who attend the SRP Kick-off Party and 80th Anniversary Celebration on May 30 will enjoy a day full of fun and games for all ages. There will be an adult play day from 10-11AM, a water gun war for kids ages 6-11, from 11-11:30AM, and from 2-5:30PM there will be cake and face painting as the NPL celebrates 80 years of service. There will be a variety of board games and groups playing throughout the library from 1-5PM, with something for everyone. Also from 1-5PM, patrons 8 and up can try out virtual reality on the VR truck in the NPL parking lot!
The theme this year, “A Universe of Stories,” will feature programming and prizes related to space, science, and technology. Participants can read for six weekly prizes and entries for the grand prize drawing from June 3 through August 10.
Children’s performances will again take place at both the NPL Main Branch and the Northeast Branch (NEB) in Campti, and will include a magician, science story tellers, and even wildlife education (with real animals).
Teen programming will include: a visit from a VR game truck, DIY spacecraft, messy science: slime, and Sci-Fi filking, just to name a few.