Waldport Library announces summer’s literacy programs

This poster for the Waldport Public Library’s “A Universe of Heroes Cosplay Festival” was designed by Aly Stuart, one of the library’s summer teen volunteers. The free, all-day festival will take place on Saturday, Aug. 3. (Courtesy photo)

The Waldport Public Library has announced its lineup for this summer’s literacy programs. Something special is happening for kids and adults nearly every day of the week.

Sign-ups for “A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program” reading contracts started on June 3 for all ages, including the adult summer reading program.

Events start with the Beachcomber’s Day Parade on Saturday, June 15. Families will have opportunities to share this summer’s theme of “A Universe of Stories” with the community. Like libraries across the country, the Waldport Public Library is promoting space and literacy and will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch, and libraries everywhere are finding ways to promote space and heroes.

Starting on Wednesday, June 19, until Wednesday, Aug. 14, the Waldport Library is hosting Pacific Northwest talent like Kacey McCallister’s Rise Up message and athletic marvels; the Tears of Joy Theater; the humor and music of Mo Phillips and Chris Leebrick; Riley Schroeder’s Dancing Through the Ages; the “wow” of “Explosions, Inc.”; the science, magic and juggling feats of Rhys Thomas; and the always impressive animals and their Creature Teachers. Wednesday Baby Story Time will change for the summer starting on June 18 to Summer Babies Read & Sing at 10 a.m.

On Thursdays, Waldport Library is reinforcing the messages of Wednesday performers with Hands-On Thursdays’ “Local Heroes of Our Universe,” starting on June 20.

Two stand-alone programs are happening for all ages. At 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, (to celebrate the Apollo 11 moon landing), local community service hero Ray Winward will tell his life story, which includes the work he did designing the Apollo space suits and his affiliation with the NASA space program.

The next program is “Big Trucks Plus!” on Thursday, July 25, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be big trucks for both the young and old to climb on and learn about.

Teens have the opportunity to belong to the Teen Volunteer Team to help all summer long on events, projects and tutoring. There will also be teen events. On June 24, a matinee showing of “The Kid Who Would Be King, at 12:30 p.m., kicks off some of these events.

In addition, the Waldport Library is continuing the Friday LEGOS & Math Games at 3 p.m., RC Drifters Club, with John Bennett; and the Chess Club, with Jim Bodle. Also, Bodle will lead a two-day Airplane & Rocket Workshop on Thursday, June 20, and Friday, June 21. The airplanes will be built by first through fourth graders, while the rockets are for middle to high school participants. Sign-up registration is required with limited spots available. Bennett will lead a new high school program called “Drones 101,” from July 22 through July 26, teaching participants how to build and fly drones from start to finish.

The Waldport Public Library and Seashore Family Literacy Center are teaming up again with local college intern Laura McCrum to host another Young Writers’ Summer Adventure Camp. This camp is from July 8-12, with a limited number of spaces available.

The jewel in the Waldport Public Library’s summer: “A Universe of Heroes Cosplay Festival” will take place on Saturday, Aug. 3. This is an all-day, free, literacy-based event from at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Throughout the day, participants can come in costume, sign up for art and costume competitions, watch performers and demonstrations, attend workshops, listen to live music, have a free lunch, bounce on an obstacle course, play field games, be part of a community photo, see mammals and reptiles and more.

For more information on these and other events, contact Sharon McCrum at 541-563-5880 or go online at waldportlibrary.org, or on Facebook at Waldport Public Library Youth Events.

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