Busy time at the library

There aren’t too many events and activities happening just yet in the village of Covington. However, the Noon Optimist Club and Chamber of Commerce have both restarted their regular meeting schedules. And it is a busy time at the J.R. Clarke Public Library. Their Summer Reading Program is in full swing, and thanks to director Cherie Roeth and staff, the following schedule is upcoming at J.R. Clarke.

Every Monday through Aug. 10 will be the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio’s “Virtual Sky’s the Limit Series.” This program is for girls in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade. Girls are invited to come and explore the world around and above you. Join in this program to sample what Girl Scouts has to offer. Make new friends, have an outdoor adventure and learn about space. Learn to tie nautical knots, make edible moon phases and a girl’s own Mars rover. The program runs every Monday from 10-11 a.m. and all activity items will be supplied. Signups are necessary, but if one cannot get the application completed, come on over to the library anyway. After the “Fling Flyers” of this week, the following weeks will involve these other activities.

Week 4, on July 27, will explore the Girl Scouts traditions. Girls will learn to light their own “edible” fire, create a s’more swap, and learn some traditional Girl Scout songs and games. Aug. 3, which is week 5, will involve a service project, painting ‘Kindness Rocks’ to set out around town. Lastly on August 10, girls will make hot air balloon sun catchers and practice more Girl Scout Songs. It is a celebration of finishing the series!

Back to other Library activities, every Friday features “Friday Flicks and Bingo.” On each Friday through July 31, come join in for an outstanding G or PG rated movie, followed by three games of bingo, which includes prizes for the top three winners in each game. A list of movies is posted at the Library. No signups are required for the movie and bingo. Just show up at 1 p.m. The event concludes around 3:15 p.m.

On Tuesdays, July 21 and July 28, Miss Laurie will be presenting three very special Storybook Trails with activities for children of all ages. This is an outside activity, so please park in the middle of the parking lot, or on the street, to open up the sides of the lot for the Storybook Trail. One may come anytime between 9-11 a.m. to participate and stay as long as you like. No signup is needed, just come and enjoy the story and activity.

On Thursdays, July 23 and July 30, “Imagine Your G-Rated Book Club” will take place for students anywhere between fifth and tenth grades. Mrs. Roeth will be hosting this book club, and sign-ups are required, so that appropriate books can be ordered in advance. The book that will be read is PAX by Sara Pennypacker, which comes highly recommended and is thought-provoking. The book club will last for about an hour, with a hands-on activity provided for each person. Last year, this book club went on a field trip to the Dayton Art Institute. If all goes well, the group will be looking at a field trip this year as well. Contact the library at (937) 473-2226.

On Thursday, July 30 from 3-5 p.m. will be the “Walk around LEGO Land” building activity. There will be three age divisions with three different themes. Participants will have two hours to build their creation. Every person will also receive the same number and type of Legos for the individual themes. Awards will be given for the best Lego creations. Please sign up in advance, so that the library may have the correct number of Legos for every child, young and old. Yes, there will be an Adult Division! And the final night of the Summer Reading Program will be 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6. Reading prizes will be drawn and a short program will be held to wrap up the abbreviated Summer Reading Program from this year, “Imagine Your Story.”

And lastly, there is still time to get your team registered for the 32nd Annual Dick Minnich Golf Classic. It will take place in a few weeks, on Tuesday, Aug. 4, with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. at Shelby Oaks Golf Course near Sidney. The entry fee is $70 per golfer, or $280 for the team entry. All funds raised are distributed to the Covington High School Scholarship Fund Program and several other youth programs in the Covington community. Each golfer will go home with golf balls, the traditional Dick Minnich Golf Classic gift, and a chance to win other valuable prizes. Contact tournament director Andy Johnson at dickminnichclassic@gmail.com or search ‘Dick Minnich Classic’ on Facebook for the entry form and more information. Deadline for entry is next Monday, July 27, so please act quickly!