Manhattan Public Library geared up for summer reading programs


Reading is not only a reward for your brain, but reading this summer could also earn you a prize from the Manhattan Public Library.

Jennifer Bergen, Programs and Children’s Services Manager, says by logging your minutes of reading this summer you could earn different prizes. She says the program is open to all ages including adults. Those who participate and reach different bench marks of minutes read, can earn free books, coupons, keychains, and even a commemorative cup.

Bergen adds that they are also bringing back in-person summer reading groups for the kids this year, but with a slightly different look. She says no programs will be held in the building this year.

“We are going to do a couple of outdoor story times,” Bergen says. “The Flint Hills Discovery Center is going to let us use their terrace on the roof, so, we have a couple of those planned in June and we are going to still have a lot of online programs that people can watch.

Bergen adds that there will be outdoor programs for the teenagers as well.

“On Tuesday evenings in June and July where they can come out and just kind of play some games together outside and have some snacks and hang out.”

This year’s summer reading program theme is Tails and Tales. Maddy Ogle, Manhattan Library Head of Community Engagement, says this also coincides with something new that the library is doing this year. She tells KMAN with the cancellation of the annual book sale due to the pandemic, a large portion of funding was lost. The Friends of the Library Group didn’t like the sound of that, so they created the first-ever library quilt raffle.

“We have ten to twelve quilters from the community that have graciously donated a quilt that goes along with the summer reading theme of Tails and Tales,” Ogle adds.

The summer reading programs and the quilt raffle will begin on June 1. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased for $5 each.

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