Summer programs for Philip area youth

Three different youth program are working together to offer a summer full of activities for area young people.

Youth may attend any and all of the activities throughout the summer.

For four Mondays of the summer, the Extension Service is holding a SumMEr sensory program, that emphasizes the individual ME aspect of hands-on learning. The first session was June 6. The other sessions will be June 27, July 10 and July 25. Youth from kindergarten through third grade meet from 10:00 a.m. to noon, while fourth through sixth graders meet from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The senses are covered in activities titled "Can you feel it?," "That stinks," "Listen to this," "Look at that" and "Tastes good."

The library's summer reading program is every Tuesday from June 14 through July 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Participants may be from two years old through 11 years old. "One World, Many Stories" will visit a different country each session. Librarian Annie Brunskill said, "Day cares are welcome. We have plenty of everything." Children should dress for sometimes messy activities and for playing outside on the grass.

The Discovery Center will hold its program every Wednesday and Friday from June 8 through August 12. Kindergarten students through second graders will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Third through sixth graders will meet from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Assisting the instructors in the hands-on learning will be Philip's Ashton Reedy.

Also, the South Dakota State Library has partnered with the South Dakota Humanities Council to help promote summer reading and the South Dakota Festival of Books with the Novel Destinations Program.

The Haakon County Public Library is one of 15 participating libraries in the Novel Destinations Program. Though the program has certain rules and parameters, each library chooses how to run the specifics of its own program.

The program is a community-wide scavenger hunt for all ages. This free program is available to libraries who serve populations from 1,000 to 10,000 people. Two children's books, two teen books and two adult books will be given to each participating library. One copy will be kept by the citizen who finds it and one copy to be kept by the library to add to the library collection.