The Conway Public Library Ham Room is full of color and whimsy with the installation of Peter Blue’s latest collage cards exhibit. These abstract pieces are hung “clothesline style” around the room in multiple layers, and there is much to see in every card. 

Blue sends personalized messages to his loved ones on these beautiful works of art, with each one being completely unique. I recently played a great game of I Spy with a group of children using these cards, and maybe you will, too. Come and check them out during open library hours. The exhibit will be on display through August.

School is out on June 19 and that is also the official launch date of the summer reading program, “Space: A Universe of Stories.” People of all ages (pre-readers-adults) are invited to track their reading progress and as a library community, together we can read to the moon.

Here is how it works:

Kids and teens (age 0-17) sign up at the library, and receive a prize just for making this first step.

Pre-reading children will spend time being read to by their caregivers, and practice readers will take turns being read to and reading with a caregiver or older sibling, to earn a book to take home and keep each week.

Readers will work on a contract (kept at the library) by completing reading time and earning prizes for each row of stickers earned on these contracts.

Teens will complete reading-related challenges on a bingo sheet, and earn ongoing prizes for each challenge completed, and a raffle ticket for entry to win a bigger prize for each bingo completed.

Adults will read at least two books between June 19 and Aug. 16. They will write the two titles and the corresponding number of pages for each on a slip provided, which will be exchanged for a fun prize (one prize per adult while supplies last).

On average, the distance from the earth to the moon is 238,900 miles. The number of minutes that our community reads will be equated to miles. Let’s see how quickly we can read to the moon.

Join us for “out of this world” performances each week, like Sciencetellers on June 26 at 6 p.m. where you can help rescue aliens in this action-packed science adventure or Solar Observing with Marc Stowbridge on July 25 at 6 p.m. There are fantastic events every week under the “Space: a Universe of Stories” theme. For a full listing, go to conwaypubliclibrary.org or pick up a brochure when you visit the library. We hope to see you soon.

For more information, call (603) 447-5552 or come to the library at 15 Greenwood Ave. in Conway. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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