The 2013 theme combines a love of books with nature facts and good, old-fashioned dirt. Activities focused on construction sites, gardening, worms, ants, garden gnomes, frogs, turtles and root veggies.
Books and activities on the agenda also highlighted special days like Flag Day, Lego Day and National Ice Cream Soda Day, with plans also in place to celebrate National Hot Dog Day on Tuesday, July 23.
Books shared to date include "Digger Man"; "Wiggly Worms at Work"; "Planting a Rainbow"; "Home Sweet Home"; "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel"; "Diary of a Worm"; "Imogene's Last Stand"; "Strega Nona's Harvest"; "Mmm, Cookies" and "Curious George Goes to the Ice Cream Shop."
Activities have ranged from construction site races and garden gnome games to cookie excavations and root vegetable planting. Youngsters also made frog puppets, dirt cups and terrariums.
On Monday, July 22, guest reader Kay Rector will read the book "Honey Honey Lion" and the children will make grape worms.
Participants celebrate National Hot Dog Day on Tuesday, July 23 with grilled hot dogs available. Guest reader Father Gary Meade will read "The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog," with pool noodle games following.
On July 25, employees from the Dyersburg Post Office will visit the library in the morning and Dinner and a Movie featuring hot dogs, chips and dessert will be held in the evening.
McIver's Grant Public Library's Dig Into Reading Summer Reading Program will end on Tuesday, July 30 with prizes drawn on Wednesday, July 31. This year's prizes will be two bikes from Wal-Mart.
"This summer has been the best ever in terms of program attendance," said McIver's Grant Children's Librarian Lara Freidhof. "The comments about the new building and the Kids Zone have been nothing but positive, so we are looking forward to many more wonderful summers."
In addition to feeding the hearts and imaginations of youth participating in the summer reading program, McIver's Grant's new facility is nourishing youngsters throughout July as a summer feeding site.