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Bookmobile of summer

Michelle McNiel - Tuesday, August 09, 2016

It's 3 p.m. on a recent Monday afternoon and children are lined up outside the Bookmobile parked at Eastmont County Park in East Wenatchee.

As librarian Mark Kapral opens the door and lets them in, they begin peppering him with requests. Do you have any Pokemon books? The second Harry Potter book? Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Cool science experiments? Anything about cats? Kapral begins scanning the shelves that line the interior of the van — filled with a variety of popular children’s books — and quickly finds something for each of them.

They all leave the mobile library with something that has them smiling.

Unlike the many rural schools it visits for nine months of the year, North Central Regional Library’s Bookmobile does not get the summer off. Since school let out in June, Kapral and a team of bookmobile librarians have been visiting summer school programs, day camps, churches, free lunch sites, remote communities without libraries, the Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market, Rocky Reach Dam and other locations to get books into the hands of children.

"I love doing this," Kapral said.

Many of the children come in knowing exactly what they want. Book 2 of this series or the latest release from that series. The Bookmobile is stocked with multiple copies of popular series' like Dork Diaries and Harry Potter, and other favorites like The Lego Book. Others have more general requests, like “a book with cats in it.” One boy looking for books can’t remember the series he’s reading, but knows it starts with an “M”. Kapral asks some key questions and ultimately gets the boy to remember the name.

On this particular Monday, Kapral has visited a church summer program, Grant and Cascade elementary schools in East Wenatchee,a free lunch program at Kenroy Park, the YMCA day camp, and finally the Eastmont Parks and Recreation summer program. By the end of the day, more than 350 books had been checked out.

As kids leave with books clutched tightly in their arms, many are so anxious to get started that they flop into the grass nearby and start reading. 


After parties

Michelle McNiel - Monday, August 08, 2016

With a  little less than a month of summer left, most of North Central Regional Library's branch locations are planning parties to celebrate the end of a successful Summer Reading Program.

Many of the libraries experienced record numbers of kids signing up for summer reading, and children and adults have logged thousands of reading hours, making them eligible for a variety of prizes that include bikes, iPods, tablets and gift cards.

Here's a rundown of parties planned this month at libraries around North Central Washington: 

Wednesday, Aug. 17

Manson Public Library

11 a.m. to noon

Manson Bay Park (across Highway 150 from the library).

Games, crafts, food and prizes, including a Kindle Fire, iPod and Slidewaters passes

Chelan Public Library

3 to 4 p.m.

Popsicles and grand prize drawing.

Thursday, Aug. 18

Cashmere Public Library

1 to 2 p.m.

Olympic games, crafts, parachute play, prizes.

Mattawa Public Library

10 to 11 a.m.

Wenatchee Public Library

2 to 4 p.m.

Memorial Park outside the library

Olympics-style games, snacks, and prizes.

Friday, Aug. 19

Waterville Public Library

3 to 4 p.m.

Library Olympics and final raffle drawing

Wednesday, Aug. 24

Curlew and Republic libraries

11 a.m. to noon

Ferry County Fairgrounds

Carousel rides, crafts and sno-cones.

Entiat Public Library

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Stories, songs, snacks, prizes and

special guest Hillary Schwirtlich from the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust. 

Ephrata Public Library

10 a.m.

Storytime, crafts and prizes, including two bicycles.

Leavenworth Public Library

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Magic tricks by Paul Anderman, crafts and snacks.

Oroville Public Library

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 25

Twisp Public Library

2 to 3 p.m.

Crafts, parachute play, hula hoop making, erector set,

ice cream and prizes, including a Kindle and iPod shuffle.

Winthrop Public Library

2 to 3 p.m.

Fabric craft with Susan Gottula, decorating t-shirt,

parachute play, painting river rocks, face painting, snacks and prizes.

Friday, Aug. 26

Grand Coulee Public Library

3 to 4 p.m.

Carnival party.

Saturday, Aug. 27

Soap Lake Public Library

Noon to 1 p.m.

Popsicles and prizes.

Monday, Aug. 29

Tonasket Public Library

3 to 5 p.m.

Crafts, games and prizes.

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