Summer Reading


Posted: June 2nd 2014 - 11:21 AM

June 13 – August 1     (for preschool to 5th graders)

Sign up from June 2-6 to join in the Summer Reading fun! Then, complete your Summer Reading graphs and win prizes for reading this summer. Plus, each Friday at 10:30 AM, we'll have a cool new activity! Here's what's happening:

FLY HIGH - Friday, June 13 at 10:30 AM

  • Jim O’Donnell from the Magic Valley Air Show will talk to us about being a pilot. We’ll make paper airplanes and play a paratrooper game.

LET'S GO WILD! - Friday, June 20 at 10:30 AM

  • Come meet some of the Herrett Center animals with Aaron Ursenbach. You can also complete our Safari scavenger hunt and a jellyfish craft.

GROSS-OLOGY 101 - Friday, June 27 at 10:30 AM

  • Play our Gross-Out Game and make squishy foam dough.

HOW’S THE WEATHER – Friday, July 11 at 10:30 AM

  • Brian Neudorff from KMVT will be here to talk weather. We’ll make tornadoes in a bottle and create a windsock craft!

BE A MAD SCIENTIST – Friday, July 18 at 10:30 AM

  •  Check out our mad scientist booth where we’ll be doing tons of fun experiments.

LAUNCH INTO SPACE – Friday, July 25 at 10:30 AM

  • You’ll love launching stomp rockets and watching Mentos geysers. Plus, we’ll have a balloon rocket race!

FINALE PARTY! – Friday, August 1 at 10:30 AM

  • Celebrate the end of Summer Reading 2014 with books and treats. We’ll also draw for our grand prizes!


Posted: June 2nd 2014 - 11:11 AM

June 12 – July 31    (for 6th-12th graders)

Drop in Thursdays for activities that range from awesome to outrageous! Plus, keep track of your reading and you might just win a great prize. This summer join us for:

SCI-FI FAN DAY - Thursday, June 12at 4:00 PM

  • Today is all about science fiction movies, books, and TV shows, from Star Wars to Star Trek to Doctor Who. We’ll have trivia, a costume contest, and more!  

MAD SCIENTIST LAB - Thursday, June 19 at 4:00 PM

  • Unleash your inner Einstein while we do some amazing experiments, like making a solar oven out of a pizza box! 

GET GOOEY! - Thursday, June 26 at 4:00 PM

  • Make your own slime and a lava lamp in a bottle with simple ingredients like water, oil, and food coloring!

BE A MYTHBUSTER - Thursday, July 3 at 4:00 PM

  • We’ll see if we can confirm or debunk some popular urban legends or myths, like the one about soda and Pop Rocks!

ROBOTICS CHALLENGE - Thursday, July 10 at 4:00 PM

  • Learn all about robotic technology and make your own projects using our robotics kits! 

CANDY SCIENCE – Thursday, July 17 at 4:00 PM

  • Who knew you could learn about science using things like Mentos, Skittles, and Pop Rocks?  We’ll be doing some awesome candy experiments!  

ROCKETS ROCK! - Thursday, July 24 at 4:00 PM

  • Make your own rockets with soda bottles and poster board.  We’ll launch them and see how high they go! 

STRAWS AND CONNECTORS - Thursday, July 31 at 4:00 PM

  • You’ll be amazed at what you can build with our sets of Straws and Connectors!  

AFTER HOURS PARTY - Friday, August 8 at 6:00 PM

  • Celebrate the end of Summer Reading 2014 with a party!  There will be movies, games, food, and prizes!  (You must have a permission slip signed by your parent or guardian to attend.)


Posted: June 2nd 2014 - 10:57 AM


Pick up a copy of the “Periodic Table of Literary Elements” at the Circulation or Reference Desks and then complete activities to enter our weekly drawings (or click the pdf link above for a copy you can print out). Complete at least 20 activities for the Summer, turn in your Table by August 2, and we'll enter you into our drawing for an Amazon Kindle! Programs this summer include:

JUNE BOOK CLUB - Tuesday, June 10 at 5:30 PM

  • We’ll be discussing Alan Bradley’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, featuring budding chemist and crime solver Flavia de Luce. Join us for light refreshments and great conversation.

"CULTURE OF THE IRRIGATED WEST" - Thursday, June 26 at 7:00 PM

  • Jamie Armstrong (Boise State University), Peter Lutze (Valparaiso University), and Laura Woodworth-Ney (Idaho State University) will be presenting "The Early Culture of Irrigated Settlement Communities in Southern Idaho," a project they have spent the last 10 years researching. With video accompaniment, they will explore the ways in which water influenced the cultural development of our region.

JULY BOOK CLUB - Tuesday, July 8 at 5:30 PM

DEVICE DAY - Wednesday, July 16 at 9:30-11:00 AM, Noon - 1:30 PM, or 6:30-8:00 PM

  • Have a question about your device or want to learn more about Library apps? Drop in for one of our sessions and get some help!


  • This summer, we're featuring movies with a "science" bent. Give us a call at 733-2964 ext 200 for titles!