Summer at the Library Focuses on Mind and Body Fitness

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Kids attended the annual magic show during last summer's reading program. Photo credit: Timberland Regional Library

Submitted by the Timberland Regional Libraries 

Healthy minds and healthy bodies make children happy learners. This year, “Summer at the Library” focuses on health and fitness. Programs will offer fun for all ages – birth through teens – and all interests.

Many popular performers will be back, with shows tailored to the fitness theme. The list includes: magician Jeff Evans, “Zaniac” Alex Zerbe, juggler Rhys Thomas, storyteller Chris Fascione, ventriloquist Vikki Gasko Green and steel drum musician Ian Dobson. Always a hit, “Reptile Man” Scott Peterson returns with his traveling zoo of cold-blooded creatures. “W.E. C.A.R.E Sports” has a new line-up of fun fitness programs. 

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Summer reading is all about healthy minds and healthy bodies at TRL this summer. Photo credit: Timberland Regional Library

Through physical activities – games, sports and creative movement – summer readers will try new things, work in teams and experience activities from other cultures.

Youth Services Coordinator Kendra Jones has overseen library summer reading programs in Vancouver and Tacoma, Washington. She is a true believer:

“We absolutely know, from years of research, that summer reading programs improve reading skills,” Jones said, adding, “strong reading skills help children become more confident learners.”

“When children read during the summer,” Jones said, “they are more likely to remember what they learned the previous school year. Library summer programs are so much fun, kids learn naturally. It’s not unusual for summer readers to actually fall in love with reading. That,” Jones added, “is the ultimate life-changer!”

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Each branch of the Timberland Regional Library offers fun programs for kids that will keep them learning and engaged throughout the summer. Photo credit: Olympia Timberland Library

The health and fitness emphasis ties in nicely with the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. It also sets the scene for a sports-related “Timberland Reads Together” (TRT) this October. Readers throughout the TRL district will read and discuss “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.”

Check TRL’s online calendar regularly throughout the summer for all library programs listed by county and by library. All Timberland Regional Library programs are free and open to the public.

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