Oceans of fun: Libraries offer programs, prizes for summer reading

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Harrison Wahlstrom and Kenzie Kramer visit with an alligator and Amazon John on June 6 at the Sugar Creek branch of the Hancock County Public Library.

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GREENFIELD – Local residents have been discovering “Oceans of Possibilities” this summer at the Hancock County Public Library, participating in marine-themed activities and shows while logging in hours of reading to earn prizes.

The annual Summer Reading Club, which runs June 1 through Aug. 1, is at its midway point. So far, children and teens have discovered animals from Amazon John, learned magic tricks and balloon art, and have had the opportunity for plenty of ocean-themed crafts or virtual reality experiences.

Adults have been able to experience book clubs, a local author showcase, Celtic concert and even a “Crazy Cat-People Party.”

Prizes for virtually logging in hours of reading range from free ice cream and books to chances to win gift cards to local and regional restaurants, shops and experiences.

To sign up for the summer reading club, visit hcplibrary.org.

The site also has an events calendar that lists even more opportunities coming up in July for summer fun. Here’s a look at what’s to come:

N Kevin Stonerock concert, event for all ages, 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 11, at the main branch, 900 W. McKenzie Road, Greenfield. Stonerock is a singer-songwriter with six solo albums of traditional country and roots rock.

N Teen virtual reality and STEAM experiences, on select Mondays and Thursdays in July at both branches of the HCPL.

N Archaeology in Your Community, all-ages program featuring Rachel Sharkey with the Indiana department of Natural Resources’ Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Sharkey will talk on what archaeology is and how to protect cultural resources in Indiana. The program is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 18 at the main branch.

N Dot Painting Shells Workshop, adult art program featuring the popular technique by Aboriginal artists. Event is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 at the main branch and 2 p.m. at the Sugar Creek branch, 5731 W. U.S. 52, New Palestine. (Program is currently full.)

N Movie in the Park, all-ages event featuring “The Mitchells vs. The Machines.” Movie begins at 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 22 at Riley Park’s sledding hill. Parking is available at 210 Apple St., Greenfield; bring a lawn chair or blanket.

N Mank & Sass Outdoor Concert, adult event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 27 at the Sugar Creek branch of the HCPL. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to the back lawn of the New Palestine library for Midwestern singer/songwriter duo with a decade of cross-country touring under their belt. Mank & Sass is described to have a skillful blend of soulful, bluesy music with a hint of funk and rock.

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