Students can explore the theme “A Universe of Stories” at libraries in the Wood River Valley this summer. Summer reading programs help kids stay sharp in Ketchum, Hailey and Bellevue. All programs are free of charge.

Summer reading in Ketchum

Registration begins on June 3, with a day of “Snacks and Sign-ups” Saturday, June 8 in the Children’s Library. Children and teens will be asked to set a reading goal and log the minutes they read during the summer months. They will need to turn in their completed reading logs by noon on Friday, Aug. 2. At 2 p.m. there will be a drawing for prizes.

Children are asked to read a minimum of 500 minutes (including audiobook listening) during the summer to be eligible for prizes. The summer reading program will also be offered to children who visit the mobile Bloom Truck library.

“We are very excited to offer our summer reading program again this year to help students stay engaged with reading over the summer,” said Children’s Librarian DeAnn Campbell. “Listening to audiobooks as a family is a great thing to do on summer road trips.”

Reading in Bellevue

Readers of all ages will explore all things space this summer as the Bellevue Public Library presents activities that will include costume creation, group games, space-related crafts, art projects, science and engineering experiments. Registration begins on June 1.

The 2019 program is open to young people, preschool through young adult, with weekly prize drawings and raffle incentives, and more. Families are invited to join the Read-to-Me portion of the program, running each Wednesday, June 19 through July 17, beginning at 10 a.m.

For more information, call the library at 208-788-4503 or visit the website:

Hailey program

The Hailey Public Library’s summer reading program will be launched in conjunction with the 5B Reads Summer Literacy Fair on May 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Hailey Elementary School.

“This year summer reading is for everyone, not just kids,” said Hailey Library Director LeAnn Gelskey.”

Reading will be encouraged from June 7 to Aug. 16. Prizes will be given every week from drawings based on reading participation. Library programs include star gazing, rocket launches, and Kindergarten Readiness programs.  Adults will have three programs, one each month.  All dates are to be announced.

The library will also partner with the Hunger Coalition and participate at some of its Lunch in the Park events. The big news this year will be the Hailey Library’s Centennial Bash Community Party on July 19, from 4 to 6 p.m.

“Join us for a birthday party so big we’ll have to dance in the street,” Gelskey said.

Check the library website for further information at or call 208-788-2036.

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