The Mineral County Library Summer Reading Program will begin on Wednesday, June 12. The Wednesday sessions will begin at 11 a.m. and will feature puppet shows and crafts. The fun revolves around the theme of “A Universe of Stories” and participants will have fun making Galactic Tie-Dye, Alien Landscapes and Out-of-this-World Flowers. All ages can enjoy these Wednesday sessions.

Two special classes that make use of 3D printing technology will also be offered. On Friday, July 5 at 3:30 p.m., participants will use clay to model an alien or astronaut. The figure will then be scanned and 3D printed. On Friday, July 26 at 3:30 p.m., participants will decorate a 3D printed art deco mask. The mask can be placed on a wall for decoration or can be used as a face mask for a fancy ball. The library uses its Mark Forged Onyx Pro to produce all 3D projects. These projects are made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records.

As part of the space-themed summer program, they will be highlighting space modules available in their virtual reality (VR) system. Once registered for VR (patrons under 18 will need a parent or guardian present to register them), patrons 13 and older can experience space walks, a tour of the International Space Station and examine planets and spacecraft in virtual reality.

Four age groups from preschool to adult will be able to enter their Design-a-Planet Contest. The contest opens June 12 and entries will be accepted through Saturday, July 13. If you do not have supplies for decorating a planet, come to the Wednesday, June 26 session at 11 a.m. and make your contest entry during the craft period. Voting for favorite entries will occur during July with winners announced at the end of July. Fun prizes will be awarded.

Fun summer memories often revolve around reading favorite books during lazy, hot afternoons. What’s better than reading a fun adventure and then getting a prize? The library prize wheel, which was a big favorite for all ages last summer, will be back with lots of fun prizes including books, movies, treasure chest picks, and more. While the library’s Summer Reading Program is lots of fun, it also helps children to keep up their reading skills so that they don’t experience “summer slide.”

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