June 2022 Press Release

Submitted by jawwiller on Fri, 06/10/2022 - 14:15


6 West Emerald Street

Willard, OH 44890

419-933-8564     fax 419-933-4783     email: reference@huroncolib.org

For immediate release.

Contact Persons: Jen Farrell or Barb Templeman


     It’s here! It’s here!  June has finally arrived.  School is out and on June 13 the Huron County Community Library’s summer reading program, “Oceans of Possibilities”, will begin!  Check out our website or stop by any of our four library locations and pick up a copy of our newsletter so that you don’t miss out on any event or activity that our libraries have planned.

     Hey Teens, feeling bored or looking for a snack?  Drop by the Willard Teen Room each Thursday from 2- 4 p.m. for a fun activity and yummy snack with Mrs. Rogers.  On June 9 is a “Sea Creature Puzzle”, on June 16 is “Ocean Trivia” and on June 23 is an “Ocean 3D Puzzle”.

     Mondays are great for Teens, too!  On June 6 make your own “Glitter Slime”, on June 13 create a “Driftwood Fish” and on June 20 create your own “Art with Water Colors”.

     Look out for our Shark, “Fishstick”!!  Each week we will post a photo on Facebook of where Fishstick has been.  Comment on the photo with your guess and be entered into a drawing for our “Spot the Shark” prize.

     Stop by our Willard location each week, kids, for a new activity or craft.  Miss Char has some fun take home activities just for you.  The theme for week #1 is “Book it to the Beach”, week #2 is “Splash into Reading”, week #3 is “Quest for Treasure…It be Found in Books”, week #4 is “Reading is Fintastic”, week #5 is “Land and Sea Curiosities”, and week #6 “Totally Jawsome…Sharks!”.

     Miss Char will also keep kids busy during the month of June with plenty of daily activities and events.  On Tuesday, June 14 at 1 p.m. in the conference room, come to play “Beachy Bingo” and create some fun sea creature art.  

     On Wednesday, June 15 at 1 p.m., Kaitlyn Crowley from the Ohio Ocean Foundation will be here to present a fun program in the conference room on coral reefs.  

     Thursday, June 16 at 1 p.m. join Miss Char at the Willard City Park behind the Depot for some Sand-tastic STEM fun with sand.  We’ll be making some homemade kinetic sand and building sandcastles.  

     On Friday, June 17 at 2 p.m., join Zap the Magic Pirate and the Library at the Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall for a Pirate and Princess Magic Show that will amaze all ages.  If you wish come dressed as a pirate or a princess.

     Drop by the Library Annex any time between 1 and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21 to create your own desk top aquarium using a fun candy bowl, rocks and more.

     “Sign up is required” for “Stream Study with Josh Dyer.  Join us at Lowe-Volk Nature Center for a close look at streams.  Please dress to get wet!

     “Quest for Treasure” takes place Tuesday, June 28 –July 5 (All Day).  This is great Family Fun!  Start the quest at the library and follow the chalk path and read the book pages.  Complete the quest with a stop in the Youth Services Department for “treasure” (while supplies last).  Pages are found in the downtown business windows.

     Ready!  Set!  Splash! Join us at the Willard City Park on Tuesday, June 28 at 1 p.m.  We’ll be playing outdoor and water games.

     Join us for “Kid’s Day” at the Festival in the Park on Wednesday, June 29 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  Sillie Tillie will be at the Festival from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. making her fabulous balloon creations.

     Join Miss Mitzi every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. for Willard Storytime in-person.  Explore learning and fun with your little one through stories, songs, activities, and more.  The theme for June 15 is “Summer at the Seashore”, for June 22 “The Ocean’s in Motion, and for June 29 “Over the Deep Blue Sea”.  

     Can’t make it to Willard in-person?  Grab and Go Craft Kits are available for Greenwich, North Fairfield, and Wakeman.  Please contact your location for details on the Grab and Go Kits.

     Terry will be back on Monday, June 27 at 6 p.m. for another look at the Cricut.  We’ll be creating Shadowboxes using a Dollar Tree hack.

     The National Museum of the Great Lakes is back for a look at piracy on the Great Lakes.  Join us for a historical and cultural re-examination of piracy and its implications for understanding Great Lakes history.  Join us on Thursday, June 23 at 6 p.m. in the community room at Willard.

     Nora the Explorer will be here on June 30 at 6 p.m. on the Trinity Lutheran Church Yard.  Nora will bring animals from all walks of life.  Learn about, get close, and even touch some remarkable creatures.

     Our Mind, Body, & Sole program is fun and simple!  Finding time to read is hard in this day and age, but we do read something every day without even realizing it.  For our Mind, Body, & Sole program read something every day (Facebook, the newspaper, online articles, books and more) and do a physical activity- garden, push mow, walk, bike, she sky is the limit.  Mark off your log each day and return it to the library as you hit each milestone.  Complete 5 out of 7 days to get your incentives.

     The Mind, Body, & Sole 5K will be held on Saturday, August 6 at 8 a.m. at the Willard Memorial Library Annex.  Win Prizes!  Get a cool race packet and have fun!  The Race will start and end at the Annex.  All ages are welcome and walkers are welcome, too.  Registrations will be available at all Huron County Community Library locations and at “runwillard.com”.  A Free “Fun Run” for kids will follow the race.

     We are partnering with Willard City Parks to fill Saturdays with free exercise opportunities for the community.  All ages are welcome.  Classes will meet near the Showmobile.  Please bring water.  Classes in Yoga will take place on Saturdays at 9 a.m. on June 18, July 16, and August 13.  

     Get moving at the library with free Line Dancing.  Join Janet, Annette, and Rose at the Willard Memorial Library Annex on Thursdays, June 16, July 14 and August 11 at 6 p.m.

     You don’t have to take part in Mind, Body, & Sole to take advantage of our free health and exercise series.  All events are open to the public.

     Join Josh and our Writers’ Group on Thursday, June 16 at 6 p.m.  If you love to write take part in the new monthly series in the community room at Willard.

     Tech Thursdays: Northstar Digital Literacy classes with Jarrad are held every Thurs. 

at 6:30  p.m.  in the Willard computer room.  This next session of free classes will be covering Microsoft Word 2016.  The topic on June 9, is “Word Orientation”, on June 16, “Formatting Text”, on June 23, “Bullets and Alignment”, and June 30, “Setting up a Document”.

     Our Greenwich location will kick off their summer reading with a “Pirate Party” in the park on Friday, June 17 at 11 a.m.  Come dressed in your best pirate garb and get ready to be amazed as The Pirate Adventure Show takes us on a magical journey across the seven seas.  This event will take place in the grassy area across from the library.

     Jellyfish Day is scheduled for Thursday, June 23 at 11 a.m. at the Greenwich Library.  There will be special jellyfish themed crafts and games for all ages.

     Grab a seat in the Greenwich Library programming room on Thursday, June 30 at 11 a.m. as we take a virtual tour of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium.  It will be the next best thing to being there.   Afterwards we will head outside for some ocean-themed fun and games.  

     Beginner Line Dancing classes will be held in the Greenwich Library parking lot (in the library if there is rain) on Monday, June 13 and 27 at 6 p.m.  Dust off your boots and join Janet Cok for line dancing.  This class is mainly for beginners but all levels of experience are definitely welcome.

     The Storybook Trail is back!!  The walking path in the Greenwich Reservoir Park will have “Splash” by Ann Jonas.  Then, we’ll unveil a brand new story at the end of Summer Reading.

     Teens!!  We have “Take and Make” crafts just for you.  Pick up a fun craft kit every other Monday at the Greenwich Library location during Summer Reading beginning June 13th.

     There’s an “Ocean of Possibilities” for fun this summer and the library at Greenwich didn’t forget about some crafts for rainy days.  Each week we will have a fun craft kit that can be picked up to make at home.  Kits will be available first-come, first-serve each Monday during summer reading.

     Our North Fairfield location invites beginning and experienced crafters alike to meet in the library’s community room.  Bring a project to work on and meet other like-minded people, exchange ideas or patterns, or get some pointers on that difficult section.  Get together on Mondays, June 6, 13, and 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

     Make sure you visit North Fairfield Library’s Story Book Trail.  The Trail the walking trail in the village park and the book will be “The Little Duckling Who Wouldn’t Get Wet” by Gek Tessaro.

     Join Carolyn and Bailey on June 14 and 28 at 11 a.m. for special Summer Storytimes!  We’ll read stories, sing songs, and have oceans of fun this summer.

     The North Fairfield Library doesn’t want any of you kids to be bored this summer.  Make sure you pick up a fun craft kit each week when you report your reading.  Kits will be available first come, first serve on Mondays during summer reading.

     From Spiders to Indians to Guardians: A Cleveland Baseball Celebration Presentation with Marty Gitlin on Wednesday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m. at our Wakeman Library location.  Take a journey through Cleveland baseball history with the author of the “Ultimate Cleveland Indians Time Machine Book”.  The journey will feature videos and photographs from the 1899 Spiders, Bob Feller and the championship team of 1948, the miseries of the 1960’s and beyond, pennant winners of the 1990’s and 2016 and the death of Chief Wahoo and the team nickname.  The event concludes with a question-and-answer period.

    Tween/Teen Tuesdays are for those who are age 10 and up, hang out with friends, watch Anime and do a special project or activity.  Join us Tuesday afternoons June 14-July 19 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

     Beginner Line Dancing takes place on the first and third Thursdays of each month.  Join us at the Wakeman Masonic Hall across from the library on June 2 and 16 at 4 p.m.  A water bottle is recommended.

     Bees, Bees, Bees!! Discover pollinators on June 15 the first week at the Dalton Park Pavilion!  Find out about pollinators, make a pollinator house and walk the storybook trail featuring “Give Bees a Chance” by Bethany Barton.  On Thursday, June 16 at 10:30 a.m. join us as we find out all about bees and honey from a representative from Stein’s Honey in Collins.  “My Garden of a Thousand Bees” will be shown on Thursday, June 23 at 2 p.m.  Learn more about pollinators with this PBS documentary that follows wildlife filmmaker, Martin Dohrn, who turns his lenses on the surprising and spectacular bees living in his own urban garden in Bristol, England.

     Nora, the Explorer will visit Wakeman on Thursday, June 30 at 2 p.m. at the Community Park Gazebo.  Learn about, get close, and even touch some of the remarkable creatures she brings.

     The Huron County Community Library has an exciting virtual addition to summer reading this year.   Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library services (IMLS) , awarded by the State Library of Ohio the Library will be offering free episodes of “CheckersLibraryTV”.  Each Wednesday at 6 p.m. during summer reading, patrons can tune in on the library’s website and Facebook page for a weekly episode that compliments this year’s summer reading program.  Families will join Checkers the inventor and his robot sidekick as they visit places like zoos and aquariums, talk to animal experts, and read animal stories.  Each episode will also feature a fun animal craft that everyone can make together.  Craft kits will be available at each library location before the episode so that you can make yours along with Checkers.  If you can’t watch Wednesdays, the episodes will be available on Facebook and Youtube all summer long.  Stay tuned to the end of each week for a special message from Miss Char.  She’ll have a fun craft, activity, or story to share.  Dates for June are June 15 “Ocean Animals”, June 22 “Ships and Boats”, and June 29 “Recycling”. All programs shown at 6 p.m.

     Book discussions are still available through the summer.  “Monday Reads” at Willard will discuss the book “Island of Sea Women” by Lisa See on Monday, June 13 at 10 a.m.  “Turn the Page Book Discussion at Willard will share thoughts on the book “Masterpiece” by Fiona Davis on Thursday, June 30 at 6 p.m.  “Cook Up a Storm Cookbook Club” will get together on Wednesday, June 29 at 6 p.m. to grill outside and discuss “The Side Dish Bible” and “Barbecue Sides”.    Wakeman’s  “Who Picked this Book?” book club will meet Wednesday, June 22 at 5:30 p.m.  They will be talking about the book “Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman and Wakeman Cookbook Club will gather on Monday, June 6 at 6:00 p.m.   Visit the Wakeman circulation desk and choose from a variety of breakfast-themed cookbooks, choose a recipe, and cook something you would like to eat for dinner.

     So much available for the whole family to do at the Huron County Community Library!!  We look forward to seeing you this summer!