With the kids out of school and long, sunny evenings to fill, there’s no better time to attack your mounting “to read” list. Kids and adults alike can benefit from these fun programs and book clubs offered by North Central Regional Libraries.


Libraries Rock: First Day of the Summer Reading Program!
Stop by the library any time this Friday to sign up for the Summer Reading Program, get your reading log, and check out books so you can start reading! You can sign up all summer long!


“How to Find Good Books”
If you have questions about the library’s catalog or programs, this is the talk for you! Kids and parents are invited to this free public discussion from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday. Librarians will discuss how to locate and request books through the NCRL catalog. The library’s summer reading program will also be discussed.


Summer reading kickoff
Quincy Public Library’s summer reading kickoff is set for 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The programs will run through Aug. 29. Programs are available for children 11 and younger, children 12-18 and adults.

The children’s program requires kids to keep track of their reading time. Kids 11 and younger earn a prize for every hour they read or are read to. Children 12-18 earn a prize for every two hours. Once kids complete their 20-hour reading record, they can enter a raffle for an e-reader tablet.

Adults are invited to write book reviews on their favorite books or participate in adult book bingo games. Book bingo boards go home until a bingo is completed. Completed boards can be turned in for entries to the adult prize raffle. Any submitted book reviews also earn a raffle entry.


Last-day-of-school teen pizza party
Middle and high school students are invited to a free pizza lunch at the library from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. June 14. Topic of conversation will be the library’s summer reading program tailored to the tastes of teens and tweens.


Summer Reading Sign-up and Play Time
The library is rolling out its collection of games, Legos, straw builders and Keva blocks to launch its summer reading program. Stop in from 2 to 5 p.m. June 14 to play, check out books and learn about the program and summer activities at the library.


Summer Reading Kickoff Craft
Create a cool microphone craft to celebrate the kickoff of the library’s “Libraries Rock!” summer reading program. The craft program runs from 3 to 4 p.m. June 14. Families and patrons of all ages are invited to come by, check out some books and learn about the library’s summer reading program.


Summer Reading Kickoff with STEM Librarian Buffy Jackson
Explore acoustical physics during this STEM-based celebration of the library’s summer reading program kickoff June 15 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The hands-on program includes singing crystals, dancing oblek, little bigs korg and a robotic guitar. The event is open to patrons of all ages. Information about the library’s summer reading program will be available.

Summer Reading Program Storytime
The library will kick off its summer storytime program from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 20. Kids and families are invited to this fun storytime to enjoy stories, music and crafts themed on pet rocks. Signup information for the library’s summer reading program will be available during the event.

NCW June book club meetings

Sunday Review Book Club: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Wenatchee Library. Ask for the current month’s selection at the front desk.

Bavarian Book Group: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, Leavenworth Library. New members and visitors are welcome.

Junior Book Club: 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, Brewster Library. Kids may ask the librarian for the current month’s selection.

Manson Book Group: 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Manson Library. Group meets the second Tuesday of each month.

Kids’ Book Club: 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Wenatchee Library. The last kids-only book club meeting of the school year. Books are available in the children’s room.

Soap Lake Library Book Club: 5:30-6:30 p.m. June 14, Soap Lake Library. Book club for adults, meets monthly.

Cashmere Library Book Club: 6:30-7:30 p.m. June 14, Cashmere Library. Club meets once a month. Newcomers are welcome.

Buns, Books and Tea Book Club: 1-2 p.m. June 19, Peshastin Library. Group meets third Tuesday of each month.

R.E.T. Jr. High Book Club: 4-5 p.m. June 19, Manson Library. Book club for kids in grades 6-7. Meetings include discussion, snack and checking out the next book on the list.

Brown Bag Book Club: Noon-1 p.m. June 20, Wenatchee Library. Book club is open to new members; ask for the current month’s selection at the front desk.

Teen Book Club: 4:30-5:30 p.m. June 20, Tonasket Library. Teen-led book club for teens! New selections every month with discussions on the first and third Wednesdays.

Inconceivable! Fantasy Book Club: 6-7 p.m. June 21, Wenatchee Library. New members are welcome to this book club for fantasy readers. Monthly selections are available at the front desk.

New Book Club: 6-7 p.m. June 26, Manson Library. Group meets on the last Tuesday of each month and is open to new members.

Tune Up Men’s Book Club with Michael: 6-7 p.m. June 28, Wenatchee Library. Michael the librarian leads this book club just for men. Ask for the current month’s selection at the front desk.

Lake Chelan Book Group: 6:30-7:30 June 28, Chelan Library. Books are available one month prior to the meeting date at the circulation desk.

The Mindbenders Book Club: 3-4 p.m. June 29, Omak Library. Enjoy thought-provoking non-fiction selections from recommended reading lists. Group is led by Katie Wallace Johnson of Wenatchee Valley College.

(This piece originally appeared in The Wenatchee World. Reach Lindsay Francis at 509-661-6391 or francis@wenatcheeworld.com.)

Top photo: Leavenworth Librarian Joanne Gembe blows bubbles after a preschool story time. Second photo: Storytime with Wenatchee librarian Michael McNiel.