Kids, parents and adults need not fret that there will be nothing to do during summer.

For example, the Arkansas City Public Library staff is offering many fun summer events and programs.

Young children and their parents could benefit from story times in the morning. On other occasions, Marty, the magician will demonstrate some of his tricks, and just might disappear, then re-appear. Harry Potter fans will be delighted to view a Renaissance science, magic and medicine exhibit that runs through June.

These and a variety of other events are meant to rouse curiosity in youth and encourage them to explore reading and learning throughout the summer and beyond.

Children's librarian Katy Richerson has a special knack for helping children to develop a lifelong love of reading and education.

"This is the most important aspect of my job," Richerson said. "The kids are so much fun to work with. What I love about working at the library is that we are always looking for ways to serve our community."

The library's annual summer reading program sign-up is Saturday. A blast-off party commences from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Events will take place almost every day; some include Movie Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; Mother Goose on the Loose (birth to 2 years story time), 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays; Read to Me storytime, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays; Marty, the Magician, 2 p.m. June 25; the Cosmosphere, 2 p.m. July 16; and Mad Science, 2 p.m. July 25.

Richerson added that summer reading calendars are available at the library.

Richerson has held the position of children's librarian for a year. However, she has worked in various areas there for about eight years. Her role as children's librarian has been her favorite.

"I also try to promote early literacy as much as possible," she said. "We have an ongoing program called '1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.' This program encourages parents to read to their infants and toddlers. Research has shown that reading to children is important for their brain development."

Additional services provided by the library staff involve free Internet access, one-on-one computer help, free programs and access to information.

"We are always looking for ways to grow, which keeps me motivated," Richersen said.

Those who want further details about the summer program can contact Richerson or any staff member at (620) 442-1280. Emails also can be sent to Richerson at

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