Here is a selected list of summer activities at area libraries:
Summer Reading Program for Kids: Pick up a summer reading schedule and game board at any city library location to participate. (Co-sponsored by 3M.)
Read Down Your Fines: All Library locations, through Aug. 31.
Youths ages 15 and under with a library card can sign up to "read down" fines. Sign up at any service desk, and a staff member will time your reading. For every 20 minutes you read, the library will remove $1 of overdue fines. Older kids can read to young kids, and each will receive a credit. Sign up for summer reading and your time can also be used to earn prizes.
HawkWatch: Day-Riverside Library, June 18, 2 p.m.; Main Library, June 24, 2 p.m.
Scientists look at many indicators to understand ecosystem health: water quality, animal populations and interactions between organisms and their environments. At HawkWatch International, scientists count raptors. For grades 3 and up.
Buggly Bugs: A Story Event: Main Library, June 21, 7 p.m.; Sprague Library, July 7, 7 p.m.
Three professional storytellers tell fun, silly stories about bugs and insects.
Journey to a Rainforest: Anderson-Foothill Library, June 18, 2 p.m.; Chapman Library, July 18, 2 p.m.
The Living Planet Aquarium takes you on a rich, imaginary journey to the rainforest. Dress for your travels among parrots, snakes and hissing cockroaches.
The Buzz on Insects: Main Library, June 19, 2 p.m.; Day-Riverside Library, June 25, 2 p.m.; Anderson-Foothill Library, July 19, 2 p.m.
The strange, the weird, the truly awesome and the horrifically grotesque learn facts about the world of insects at this creepy-crawly program.
Bugged: Irritating Tales From Bee City: Sprague Library, June 22, 2 p.m.; Sweet Library, July 28, 7 p.m.; Chapman Library, Aug. 7, 7 p.m.
The Starry-Eyed Puppets present incredible insect tales.
No Girls Allowed! Sprague Library, June 26, 2 p.m.; Main Library, Aug. 5, 7 p.m.; Day-Riverside Library, Aug. 6, 1 p.m.
Celebrate all the things about being a guy. With stories, puppets and crazy activities, the library will surprise you. Ages 8-12. Registration required.
Learn to Juggle: Anderson-Foothill Library, June 28, 2 p.m.; Day-Riverside Library, July 12, 2 p.m.; Sprague Library, Aug. 2, 2 p.m.
The Wasatch Front Jugglers put on a show and teach you how to juggle.
The Bugologist Show: Chapman Library, June 30, 2 p.m.; Day-Riverside Library, June 30, 7 p.m.; Sweet Library, July 1, 7 p.m.; Main Library, July 2, 2 p.m.; Anderson-Foothill Library, July 21, 2 p.m.; Sprague Library, July 21, 7 p.m.
Join the wacky folks from Mad Science for a 45-minute safari that brings baffling bug mysteries to light. You'll explore the insides and outsides of insects and participate in a bug-fest.
Groom Your Room: Magnets and Switch-Plate Covers: Anderson-Foothill Library, June 30, 2 p.m.; Day-Riverside Library, July 5, 2 p.m.; Sprague Library, July 1, 2 p.m.
Make personalized magnets and a colorful light switch cover to liven up to your room. For ages 6-12. Registration required.
"Bee Movie" screening: Chapman Library, July 5, 3 p.m.; Day Riverside Library, July 9, 2 p.m.; Anderson-Foothill Library, July 9, 7 p.m.; Sprague Library, July 10, 2 p.m.; Sweet Library, July 15, 7 p.m.; Main Library, July 18, 2 p.m.
Have a good laugh as Barry B. Benson makes the shocking discovery that human beings eat honey in mass quantities. Then he decides to sue the human race for stealing the honey he and his fellow bees worked so hard to produce.
Groom Your Room: No-Sew Decorative Pillows: Main Library, July 7, 2 p.m.; Sweet Library, July 8, 7 p.m.; Chapman Library, July 11, 2 p.m.
Make a fun decorative pillow to spice up your space. For ages 6-12. Registration required.
Senufo Cloth Drawings: Main Library, July 8, 10, 15, 17, 2-4 p.m.
In this four-day workshop, kids will create colorful, patterned animal drawings reminiscent of the tribal paintings of the Senufo people living in Ivory Coast, West Africa. Using canvas, pens and watercolors, participants will work with patterns and repeated shapes while learning about art from another culture. For ages 9-13. Registration required.
Hidden Hollow Hideout: Sprague Library, July 12, 10 a.m.; Main Library, July 21, 2 p.m.; Anderson-Foothill Library, July 22, 2 p.m.; Chapman Library, July 28, 3 p.m.; Sweet Library, Aug. 1, 11 a.m.; Day-Riverside Library, Aug. 1, 2 p.m.
Help spruce up Hidden Hollow, chat with a naturalist and find hidden treasures through letterboxing (an intriguing treasure hunt combining art and navigational skills).
The World of Fairies: Day-Riverside Library, July 18, 2-4 p.m.; Main Library, July 19, 10 a.m.-noon.
Make a fairy book, do fairy-inspired arts and crafts or build a fairy house. Registration required.
"James and the Giant Peach" screening: Day-Riverside Library, July 23, 2 p.m.; Anderson Foothill Library, July 30, 7 p.m.; Main Library, Aug. 1, 2 p.m.; Sweet Library, Aug. 5, 7 p.m.; Chapman Library, Aug. 8, 2 p.m.; Sprague Library, Aug. 14, 2 p.m.
Watch young orphan James escape his two cruel, repulsive aunts when he is magically transported to the inside of a giant peach. He is befriended by talking insects inside the peach as it rolls into the Atlantic Ocean in this madcap adventure.
Eric Herman in Concert: Cool Bug Tunes for Kids: Main Library, July 26, 2 p.m.
Eric Herman's songs for kids are ingeniously witty, indelibly memorable and fun. His live shows are a captivating combination of comedy, creativity and audience participation. This performance features clever originals including "The Ants in Your Pants Dance" and "Stink Bug," as well as cool versions of classics like "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "There Ain't No Bugs on Me."
Whizgiggle's Puppets Presents Seriously Silly Stories: Main Library, July 29, 2 p.m.; Anderson-Foothill Library, Aug. 9, 2 p.m.
Wogiford P. Whizgiggle and his Performing Puppet Players will tickle your funny bone as they use hand and shadow puppets to re-enact side-splittingly silly stories.
Learn to Draw Insects: Main Library, Aug. 11, 2 p.m.
Learn about insects and their anatomy with Mary Anne Romney, author of "Where's that Bug?" for ages 7 and up. Limited to 20 participants.
End of Summer Party: Main Library, Aug. 16, 2-4 p.m.
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