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Winter can be tough. It's cold, it's dark, and everything is so much more work. It's work to make plans. It's work to get the kids into winter gear. It's work to go to the park. It's just so. much. work. And as things feel like more work, we spend longer times inside. As we spend longer periods inside, our mental health suffers. It's no wonder that so many people in the Inland Northwest suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or other forms of mild depression. However, when we hibernate inside, eating cookies and watching movies, things spiral downward. Visiting StoryWalks™ provides an easy outside adventure with our children and allows us to fight SAD's clutches.

Like other forms of depression, SAD is characterized by low energy, losing interest in activities you usually enjoy, trouble sleeping, and feelings of sadness and hopelessness. SAD is more common in younger adults than in older adults; mothers of young children often suffer.

 

FIGHT SAD-NESS

Although the causes of SAD are unknown, researchers suspect that changes in daylight play a role; as a result, Medlineplus and the Mayo Clinic recommend using light therapy. In addition to light therapy boxes, doctors recommend full-spectrum light bulbs, vitamin D supplements, and spending time outside. While it may be the last thing you want to do, spending time outdoors does have real benefits for those suffering from SAD and other forms of depression.

In a 2015 Stanford University study, researchers found that 90 minutes of walking in nature decreased brain activity associated with rumination, or repetitive thoughts focused on negative emotions. In other words, spending time in a natural setting - walking, gardening, playing with your children, etc. - reduces feelings of depression.

 

STORYWALKS™ TO THE RESCUE!

Bonner County StoryWalk™ offers a fun and "low-planning" way to spend time outside with your children. At each StoryWalk(TM) site, we have placed laminated pages from a children's boo in protected boxes and installed them along an outdoor path. As you walk the path with your children, you encounter the next page the next page in the story every 30-50 feet. Pages are numbered.

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Library staff chooses high-quality stories from a variety of talented authors and illustrators, and we change those stories on a regular basis. In general, most stories are geared to children in the preschool through second grade age range, though the act of walking and sharing the story extends its appeal to older children.

In addition to providing a SAD-fighting, vitamin D-laden experience, StoryWalk™ builds early literacy skills and provides a family bonding experience. Children who are exposed to hundreds of books before kindergarten, develop the early literacy skills which make learning to read much easier. And reading and talking about books (whether indoors or not), without cell phone interruptions, provides a wonderful bonding experience.

Currently, East Bonner County Library and Kaniksu Land Trust maintain two StoryWalks™ - one at Dover City Park in Dover and one at McNearney Park in Ponderay. January stories are Walking in a Winter Wonderland by Richard B. Smith and Winter Is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer. Both parks offer playgrounds and benches as well as StoryWalks™.

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ZERO ROBOTICS 2017

JUNE 13 - JULY 20

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The Zero Robotics Middle School Summer Program is an innovative and inspiring program for incoming 6th through 9th grade students that is truly out of this world! The five-week program that takes place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 AM - 2PM. 

The STEM curriculum introduces students to computer programming, robotics, and space engineering, and provides hands-on experience programming SPHERES (Synchronized, Position, Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites). The program culminates in a tournament where winning teams’ SPHERES compete aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Middle school participants will get to see the SPHERES operate in space via a live feed from the ISS while NASA astronauts provide real-time commentary.

At the end of the summer, our code will be used on the International Space Station. Check out or flyer of visit zerorobotics.mit.edu for more details. Space is limited. Sign up early!

 

CLARK FORK KIDS' SUMMER READING PROGRAM

JUNE 5 – AUGUST 2

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The most important part of a summer reading program is READING. When children fail to read for three months, it can take until the end of November to regain the reading skills they had at the end of the previous school year. When, however, children read as few as six books over the summer, they maintain the skills that they have spent the past school year developing and honing. We have lots of fun prizes to encourage your children to READ this summer.

 

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PRESCHOOL & TODDLER SUMMER READING

Pick up a summer reading log for your preschooler beginning June 5th.

Read and do early literacy activities so that your child can earn prizes. Logs are due by August 2nd

You can also print up a log here. The log is double-sided and printed on legal sized paper.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KIDS SUMMER READING

SIGN UP TO READ AND EARN PRIZES

Pick up a reading game board at the Information Desk and start reading. When you complete the game board (that’s 10 hours of reading!), come into the library to pick up your prize and enter your ticket into the monthly prize drawing. Be sure to pick up (or print) another game board and keep reading! 

PRIZES

1st Game Board (10 hours): free book
2nd Board (20 hours): swimming pass at SWAC
3rd Board (30 hours): water bottle
4th Board (40 hours): summer reading t-shirt
Additional Game Boards: free books

A prize drawing will be held at the End of Summer Reading Tie Dye Party on August 2nd at 2 PM. 

 

 There is no minimum expectation of the number of books a child should read; however, research has shown that children who read at least 6-8 books at their reading level, maintain their reading skills over the summer.

 

Build a Better World Challenge

 

BUILD A BETTER WORLD CHALLENGE ACTIVITY

Pick up or print a Build a Better World Challenge sheet at the Information Desk and complete the four "assignments".

When you complete the challenge, fill out the ticket and hand it in by August 2nd before the Tie Dye Party where we will draw one lucky winner.

Share a picture of you doing one (or all) of the assignments to our Facebook page. Sharing is optional but we'd love to see your accomplishments and share them with the community.

 

Weekly Events

STORYTIMES & MORE

Wednesdays @ 10:30 (except July 5th)

MAKE IT

Wednesdays @ 2: Build robots, legos, circuits, and more. (Except July 15th - Mobius Science Show)

CRAFTERNOON

Thursday, June 15th
Thursday, July 13th

 

Special Events

Download a printable event calendar for all event dates and times.

Stomp Rockets

Magic Class and Show

Animal Habitats

Mobius Science Show

Marble Mania

End of Summer Reading Tie Dye Party!

 

 

SANDPOINT KIDS' SUMMER READING PROGRAM

JUNE 5 – AUGUST 24

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The most important part of a summer reading program is READING. When children fail to read for three months, it can take until the end of November to regain the reading skills they had at the end of the previous school year. When, however, children read as few as six books over the summer, they maintain the skills that they have spent the past school year developing and honing. We have lots of fun prizes to encourage your children to READ this summer.

 

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All reading logs, activity sheets and prizes will be available beginning June 5th.

PRESCHOOL & TODDLER SUMMER READING

Pick up a summer reading log for your preschooler.

Read and do early literacy activities so that your child can earn prizes.

You can also print up a log here. The log is double-sided and printed on legal sized paper.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KIDS SUMMER READING

SIGN UP TO READ AND EARN PRIZES

Pick up a reading game board at the Information Desk and start reading. When you complete the game board (that’s 10 hours of reading!), come into the library to pick up your prize and enter your ticket into the monthly prize drawing. Be sure to pick up (or print) another game board and keep reading! 

PRIZES

1st Game Board (10 hours): free book
2nd Board (20 hours): swimming pass at SWAC
3rd Board (30 hours): water bottle
4th Board (40 hours): summer reading t-shirt
Additional Game Boards: free books

Prize drawings will be held at library-sponsored events at the end of each summer month. Tickets turned in during the month of the drawing will be included in the prize drawing. Drawing winner will get to choose a book series that the library will order for them. There are series limitations due to cost and availability. Additional prizes will be drawn at the August party.

 

DRAWING DATES

Wednesday, June 28th @ The Ribbles Build a Residence (Sandpoint Library)
Thursday, July 27th @ Magic Show (Sandpoint Library)
Thursday, August 24th @ Summer Reading Tie Dye Party (City Beach)****

 ****ALL game boards for the final August drawing/party MUST be handed in by Monday, August 21st. 

No game boards will be accepted at the final party.

 

There is no minimum expectation of the number of books a child should read; however, research has shown that children who read at least 6-8 books at their reading level, maintain their reading skills over the summer.

 

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BUILD A BETTER WORLD CHALLENGE ACTIVITY

Pick up or print a Build a Better World Challenge sheet at the Information Desk and complete the four "assignments".

When you complete the challenge, fill out the ticket and hand it in by Monday, August 21st. We will draw one lucky winner at the Tie Dye Party on August 24th at City Beach. 

Share a picture of you doing one (or all) of the assignments to our Facebook page. Sharing is optional but we'd love to see your accomplishments and share them with the community.

 

Weekly Events

STORYTIMES

Tuesdays @ 10:15: Mother Goose… a singing story time for 0-3 year olds
Tuesdays @ 11: Family Storytime… join us for stories and fun crafts
(Story Times will be at Travers Park for the month of July)

MAKE IT

Tuesdays @ 3: Build robots, legos, circuits, and more.

CRAFTERNOON

Wednesday, June 14th: GeoMobiles
Wednesday, June 28th: Recycled Robots
Wednesday, July 12th: Sweet Snails
Wednesday, July 26th: Celtic Bar Wrist Bands

 

Special Events

Special Events will take place at the Sandpoint Library and offsite.  

Check out our online calendar or download a printable event calendar for all event dates and times.

PROGRAMS AT THE LIBRARY 

The Ribbles Build a Residence-
An Interactive Play with the
Traveling Lantern Theatre Company

Cooking Camp

Drumming Workshop

Building days with an Architect
and Home Depot

Visit w/Astronaut, John Phillips

Science Show w/Mobius Science Center

Magic Show and Class

Animal Builders Program

A Star Party

The drumming workshop, cooking camp, building with Home Depot, and magic class requires preregistration.

OFFSITE ACTIVITIES

STEM CAMP: PRESCHOOL- EARLY ELEMENTARY

Thursdays at 12:30, June 29th - July 27th at Travers Park

This is a drop-in camp, and no registration is required.

 

STEM CAMP: 2ND -5TH GRADERS

Space-themed STEM camp July 31st – August 3rd at Farmin/Stidwell.

Registration required. Opens on July 10th.

 

STORY TIMES

July storytimes will be at Travers Park.

 

DAYCARE STORYTIMES

Have storytime visit your daycare or preschool. If you would like a book give-away at your daycare (either in-home or daycare facility), call Suzanne Davis in Children’s Services for more information: 263-6930, ext. 1211.

 

FINAL SUMMER READING PARTY

Thursday, August 24th at City Beach

Join us for tie dye, prizes and fun! 

  

TEENS SUMMER READING PROGRAM

JUNE 5 – AUGUST 17

 

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READ TO EARN PRIZES

For every book you read, complete a book slip and turn it in at the Clark Fork Library or Sandpoint Library by the End of Summer Reading Prize Party (dates listed below).

Print book slips or pick up them up at either branch.

 

SUMMER ACTIVITIES

Registration is encouraged for all events.

Download a printable PDF of the Clark Fork Programs listed below.

Download a printable PDF of the Sandpoint Programs listed below.

POWERPOINT KARAOKE

Put your public speaking skills to the test in this hilarious improve game!
Present on a wacky topic using outlandish slides you've never seen before.

CLARK FORK - June 21st 7 PM - 9 PM
SANDPOINT - June 22nd 8 PM - 10 PM

 

MAKEY MAKEY

Use MaKey MaKey boards and Scratch to code
and construct your own video game or banana piano.

CLARK FORK - July 12th 7 PM - 9 PM
SANDPOINT - July 13th 8 PM - 10 PM

 

NERF BATTLE

3rd annual! Come to the library for an epic battle.
Capture the flag, tag and other games!

Bring your own Nerf gun and ammo.

CLARK FORK - July 26th 7 PM - 9 PM

 

NATIONAL TEEN LOCK-IN & NERF BATTLE

Have a night of fun and games with teens from libraries across the country!
Escape rooms, author chats, 3D design and more.
Stay the night and have pancakes in the morning.

Bring PJs, sleeping bag and pillow.

Don't forget the Nerf gun and ammo!

*Registration required*
 SANDPOINT - July 28th 8 PM - 9 AM

 

END OF SUMMER READING PARTIES & PRIZE CEREMONIES

This is it - the Grand Prize Drawing. Come see if you won that shiny new
set of books you've been eyeing all summer long. Pizza will be served.

CLARK FORK - August 16th 7 PM - 8 PM
SANDPOINT - August 17th 8 PM - 9 PM

 

Contact Morgan at 208-263-6930 ext. 1245 to reserve your spot for any or all of these events.

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