Libraries step up with summer programs

07/12/2019

By Sue Cody

On a somewhat gray Thursday in June, children streamed into the Astoria library with adults in tow to watch a performance by Pegasus Puppet Theatre.

As they entered and sat on the floor, older kids recognized different constellations on panels across the top of the black stage. On the left, Hercules held a club high above the head of Medusa, the many-headed serpent. On the right, stood Mount Olympus.

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Telling stories from Greek mythology, the puppeteer was visible as he worked the rod puppets with amazing skill. Pegasus flew around the room, tempting children to reach for him. A giant crab representing the constellation Cancer snapped playfully at the kids.

Nearly 100 people attended the Pegasus Puppet Theatre performance in Astoria. More enjoyed the performance at the libraries in Seaside and Warrenton.

Local libraries have become a summertime gathering place for children, with story times, reading challenges and special events. Research shows keeping children involved in reading and learning activities over the summer helps them retain academic gains from the previous school year.

Upcoming library programs

  • Dr. David Taylor discusses “Dinosaurs, Field Notes from a Paleontologist” at the Seaside Library at 1 p.m. on July 6.
  • In Warrenton, events include studies on bugs, horses and outer space.
  • Space exploration for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade takes place every Tuesday at the Astoria Library.
  • Alex Zerbe, “The Zaniac,” will deliver comedy, juggling and magic at all three libraries on July 16:
  • Astoria Public Library 10:15 a.m.
  • Seaside Public Library 1 p.m.
  • Warrenton Community Library 3:30 p.m.

For more events, check out your library Facebook page or calendar on the web:

Astoria: astorialibrary.org/dept/Library

Warrenton: ci.warrenton.or.us/library

Seaside: seasidelibrary.org/

The Way to Wellville and its sponsor, the Columbia Pacific CCO, encourage kids of all ages to read, all year long.