With summer just around the corner, the Robert J. Kleberg Public Library is set to kick off its summer reading program and a host of activities for children and families to enjoy starting in June.

“We have a lot of really fun events going on,” children’s librarian Emily Berndt said.

For 2019, the summer reading program’s theme is “A Universe of Stories,” and will feature space-themed story time and other science, technology, reading, engineering, art and math (STREAM) activities.

“We want to get kids interested in fields of science,” Berndt said. “And space is also just a lot of fun to learn about and explore.”

Reading logs will be available to pick up at the Kleberg Public Library on Saturday, June 1, beginning at 9 a.m. Children up to 18 years of age are encouraged to participate by keeping track of the number of minutes they spend reading.

Once a child completes a logbook, he or she can turn it in for prizes that vary in value.

“It gives them the incentive to keep coming back each week and to keep reading,” Berndt said.

Children will also receive an invitation to the Summer Reading Rewards Pizza Party after completing and submitting their first reading log.

The summer reading program will continue through Saturday, July 20.

The Kleberg Public Library’s summer activities will be held at the Kingsville Music Club Building, located behind the library at 216 W. Henrietta Ave. Activities will take place every Thursday through July 18 and, with the exception of the June 13 program, will begin at 2:30 p.m. and last about an hour.

Also on Thursdays, from 9-9:30 a.m., is Toddler Story Time, where children up to five years old will listen to stories, sing songs and play games. Toddler Story Time is held in the children’s area of the library.

For attendees who do not wish to participate in summer activities, a STREAM lab and crafting activity table will be set up during each program.

“And kids will be able to experience some of the engineering tools that we have available here at the library,” Berndt said. “It’s all very hands-on.”

Summer activities will kick off on June 6 with a showing of the 1969 United States moon landing, along with other videos of astronauts on the International Space Station.

On June 13, Texas A&M University-Kingsville geosciences professor Cherrie Nelson will bring telescopes for attendees to explore the night’s sky. The program will begin at 8 p.m., however, the STREAM lab and crafting table will not be available during this activity.

“It’s going to be a fun, nighttime event,” Berndt said.

June 20 will feature Naval Air Station-Kingsville pilots who will discuss and answer questions about life in the military and the career path to becoming an astronaut.

Using cardboard boxes and crafting supplies, children will have a chance to build a space station on June 27 that will be displayed at the library for the remainder of the summer reading program.

There will be no summer activity for July 4, as the library will be closed for Independence Day.

On July 11, children will craft and decorate “space slime” created from premade kits. Sealed, sensory slime bags will be available for younger participants to play with.

Children will have the opportunity to view the 2008 Disney film “Wall-E” on July 18, and summer activities will conclude the following week on July 25 with an end-of-summer ice cream social.

The Robert J. Kleberg Public Library is located at 220 N. 4th Street in Kingsville. Its hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is closed on Sunday and Monday.

For more information on summer reading activities, call (361) 592-6381, email children@kleberglibrary.com or visit online kleberglibrary.com.

Anthony Ruiz can be contacted at aruiz@king-ranch.com or (361) 221-0251.

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