One of the best places to spend the long, lazy days of summer is at your nearest library.
This year there will be youth programs at both the Payson Public Library and the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine.
The Payson library is already registering youngsters for its Summer Reading Program, “Catch the Reading Wave.” It will have sessions for those as young as 6 months to those who are 18.
The program includes numerous age-appropriate activities, including puppet shows, crafts, games and more. Registration started May 15 and continues through June 5.
The Baby Summer Reading for those 6 months to 3 years is at 9:30 a.m., Thursdays. The program for ages 3 to 12 will be held in several different sessions: 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Wednesdays; 11 a.m. or 2 p.m., Thursdays.
The “Make Waves” Summer Program for those 10 to 18 years old is at 4 p.m., Wednesdays.
Class space is limited, so sign up children as early as possible. Contact Harryette at (928) 474-9260 for more information.
The library’s Spy Club continues for those 8 to 18 who enjoy reading and hanging out. It meets each month for an hour, the next gathering is at noon, Saturday, June 12. Games and snacks are provided.
Register at the library or call Harryette for more information, (928) 474-9260.
The Bilingual Story Time, for those 3 to 8, is at 4 p.m., Thursdays; however, story time for preschool youngsters, 3 to 6 and the Tykes & Toddlers (0-2 in age) will be discontinued during June for the Summer Reading Program.
Other programs planned or continuing at the Payson Public Library this summer include:
• Crafty Kidz, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. every Thursday, registration required.
• Monthly Video Game Tournament, 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 29 for those 10 to 18; snacks provided — sign up early.
• Creative Writing, every Friday in June; 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. for those in the first- through fifth-grades; and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for those in the sixth- through 12th-grades, registration required.
• Family Movie Matinee, featuring Free Willy 4, noon to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, June 5.
Library hours through June are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday. It will be closed Tuesday, June 1 in observance of Memorial Day. Staring in July, the library’s hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; it is closed Sundays and most major holidays.
The library is in Rumsey Park at 328 N. McLane Rd., Payson. The phone number is (928) 474-9250 and the Web address is paysonlibrary.com.
Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library, Pine
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library is joining with members of the Strawberry Patchers to offer free quilting classes to students living in Pine or Strawberry who are between the ages of 8 and 12 years of age. The session involves a total of four classes taking place on Monday and Tuesday, June 21, 22, 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. The class is limited to 10 students so there will be lots of one-to-one attention and the students will work together to complete a quilt. The registration deadline is June 2, but due to the popularity of the class, be sure to register at the library or by calling (928) 476-3678 as soon as possible.
Family Time at the Pine library will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays, starting June 3 and continuing through Aug. 26. Staff will be on hand and activities such as games, stories, puppets, art and more will be offered.
The Summer Reading Program, “Make a Splash — Read,” begins Wednesday, June 16 and continues through July 16. It will have programs from pre-school youngsters through those in the eighth-grade.
Those from pre-school through age 4 will have a program from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. each Wednesday; those in the seventh- and eighth-grades will have a program from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. each Wednesday. The program for those in kindergarten through the third-grade is from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. each Friday. Youngsters in the fourth- through sixth-grades will be offered a program from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays. No registration is required. Programs will be presented in the library’s activity room.
No programs will be presented July 2. The project concludes with an open house and art show at the library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 17.