PIQUA — Dragons and Bigfoot and ghosts, oh my!
Those are some of the topics teens can learn about this summer, when the Piqua Public Library begins its summer reading club. The teen group is one of three programs being offered at the library from June 6 through Aug. 6.
For those younger than 13, there will be a children’s reading club, “Don’t Be Dragon: Get Ahead,” offering crafts, games and other activities at the Children’s Desk throughout the summer season.
“One of our big goals, especially of our children’s department, is to keep them interested in reading all summer long,” said Robin Heintz, the library’s marketing specialist and chair of programming.
The teen reading club, titled “Myths & Legends,” will include an event, craft or movie at 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. The program will be divided into nine themed weeks, with this month focusing on ghosts the first week, dragons the second, Bigfoot during the third week (participants will search the library for the elusive Sasquatch) and the Loch Ness Monster for week four.
“We really went all out on the myths and legends for teens. They’ll be making UFOs and doing Bigfoot-themed activities, and there will be food programs, which are really popular with teens. We’ll have monster movies and general silliness.
“A lot of the teens who come to visit us at the library are really into cosplay, comic books, Dungeons & Dragons, and role-playing,” said Heintz, a self-proclaimed “hardcore geek.”
“Bigfoot-hunting TV shows are very popular right now, there’s ‘Supernatural’ and with ‘The X Files’ coming back, it all just seemed to fit together.”
The teen program will culminate in an after-hours party at the library. “It’s usually a pizza party with loud games. They like the idea of being able to be loud in the library since it’s usually forbidden,” Heintz said, laughing.
The programs tend to be well-attended, especially the children’s club, Heintz noted, with participants culled from the 500-600 children on the children’s department’s roster.
“We’ve also had middle schoolers and elementary schoolers whose classes came here on field trips to check out the offerings, get library cards and get ready for the summer reading programs,” Heintz added.
“There are activities (for children) available all summer, at all times. Anytime they want to stop by the children’s department, they can do things like dragon flight training and crafts. With the teens it’s a little more structured.”
Both the children’s and teens’ clubs also will offer the opportunity to win prizes.
There is no cost for the programs; those interested need only come to the library at 116 W. High St. and sign up to participate.
And lest adults feel left out, there’s the “Legendary Reads” club for them this summer. Participants also can turn in reading slips to be entered in a prize drawing on Aug. 8.
For more information on any of these summer reading clubs, contact the Piqua Public Library at (937) 773-6753.
Reach Belinda M. Paschal at (937) 451-3341.