The Parker Public Library had a big surprise for the Parker Town Council at the council’s June 7 meeting. The council was asked to approve acceptance of a grant from the Arizona Library Association for summer reading programs.
The council approved accepting the grant, which came to $227,022.50. The funds are from the AZ on Track Summer Camp Program through the Governor’s Office.
Library spokesperson Fenix Markel said they were one of 12 libraries to receive this funding, and they received the largest amount. Among the things they plan to do with those funds, Markel said, was expand the reading program into August, add Saturday programs, and make all the programs and events free.
Library Director Tracy McConnell Said She First Learned of these Funds When She was contacted by Lisa Lewis, The President of the Ala. While most grant applications are a lengthy process, McConnell said Lewis called her and asked if she was interested. WHEN MCCONNELL SAID SHE WAS, LEWIS ASKED HER TO SEND SUB INFORMATION REGUDING THE LIBRARY BY THAT SAME EVENING.
In a memo to the council, McConnell explained some of the specifics the library would like to spend the money on. They included the following:
$ 30,000 for 20 new computers, to be split Between the Children’s and Teens Room.
$50,000 for new furniture for the children’s and teen rooms.
$ 10,809 IN ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR THE SUMMER PROGRAM.
$ 6,700 for food and snacks for all programs.
$17,000 for food cards for families.
$1,351 for transportation for field trips.
$10,000 for gas cards for families.
$68,106 for additional materials, including items in Spanish, STEM materials, projects, audio books, games and puzzles.
The Parker Library is in the middle of their Summer Reading Program, with special events and activities scheduled throughout the summer. Here’s what is coming up:
Grades K-2. All Activities from 10:30 am to 12 Noon
July 5: Picture Book Putt-putt; something similar to miniature golf.
July 12: Shark Science; learn all sorts of fun facts about sharks.
Grades 3-5. All activities from 12:30 to 2 pm
July 6: Sid’s Frankentoys. Make toy creations like those from the mean kid Sid in “Toy Story.”
July 13: Science Day Camp. Learn All About Scientific Experiments.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June, 4 to 5 pm: Chess Club.
July 9 and 10, 7 pm to 7 am: Murder Mystery Night Lock-In. An all-night event. Bring a pillow and a blanket. Space is limited, so advance sign-up is required.
July 14, 4:30 PM: Field Trip To Go Bowling in Lake Havasu City. SPACE IS LIMITED, SO ADVANCE Sign-up is required.
Events for adults are scheduled as well:
Wednesday, June 22, 5:30 pm to 7 pm: Trivia Night.
Wednesday, June 29, 5:30 pm to 7 pm: Paint Night. The library pulled some books off the shelf that aren’t in good shape. They want to turn them into works of art and give them a new life.
Friday, July 8, 6 to 8 pm: Murder Mystery Night. Figure out who did it. Space is limited, reservations are required. There is a fee of $10 for one person or $15 for two.
Tuesday, July 19, 5 to 6 pm: Gardening with Az Health Zone. Learn about Gardening in Arizona.
Friday, July 22, 5:30 to 7 pm: Throw Back Book Fair and Trivia Night. Back to the ’90s with lots of trivia challenges.
There are also events planned for all ages:
June 21, 12 noon to 1 pm: Gardening with AZ Health Zone.
July 11, 5:30 to 6:30 pm: Family Game Night. This promises to be a night of fun for the whole family.
In Addition, There Will Be Free Movies and Popcorn Every Monday at 10 am in June and July. This is for ages 8 and up unless accompanied by a parent.
The Parker Public Library is located at 1001 S. Navajo Avenue, across Agency Road from Pop Harvey Park. They’re open from 10 am to 7 pm, Monday through Thursday, and from 8 am to 12 noon on Saturday. For More Information on The Summer Reading Program, or To Reserve Your Spot At Any of The Events, Call 928-669-2622, Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to their website, www.parkerpubliclibrary.com .