Books and bugs |

Books and bugs

Summer programs at Nevada County libraries offer free family fun for children of all ages.

In addition to library’s regularly scheduled weekly story times and sing alongs, the library’s summer reading program mean magic and puppet shows, ventriloquists and jugglers and beekeeper with real live bees.

On Thursday, the Puppet Art Theater Company will present Tommy’s Space Bug Adventure Puppet Show from 10:30 to 11: 30 a.m. at the Grass Valley Library Royce Branch, 207 Mill Street and again from 1 to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City, 980 Helling Way, near the county’s government building, the Eric Rood Center.

This year’s theme is “Catch the Reading Bug at the Library” and summer readers will receive reading logs and stickers for charting their reading journeys, an activity booklet and a guide to insect and arachnid books. At the final party July 22, children will receive a free book and listen to folk music by Bonnie Lockhart.

The program is meant to encourage more people to visit their local library and expand their knowledge about things that interest them.

“It’s all about promoting the joy of reading. The last thing we want to do is pile homework on them. The idea is to have fun,” said John Wingerd, a library assistant at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City.

With the economy in a slump, the library is an air conditioned building where families can check out more than just books. There are books on tape, music CDs, games, movies and access to computer learning programs.

“When do you need free information more than when the budget is tight and your strapped for money? We are a community resource,” Wingerd said.

Stop by the library to pick up a schedule of summer programs or visit on the Web at: and click on the Library Program Calendar.

For more information call 265-1538.

To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail or call 477-4231.

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