Musician/storyteller Jack Pearson
Musician/storyteller Jack Pearson
An amplified toy box lid as a musical instrument? Intriguing! Award-winning Minnesota musician and storyteller, Jack Pearson, includes this unique instrument, along with guitar, banjo and fiddle in his performances for adults and kids of all ages.

He performs an engaging style of music and storytelling that will have children and adults all tapping and singing along in no time as they celebrate the joy of reading.

Pearson will be at the Spring Grove Public Library on Monday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. to kick-off the Summer Reading Program.

This year's Summer Reading Program theme is "Dig In To Reading" and all children ages kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate.

Summer Reading will be from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Mondays June 17th and 24th and July 8th, 15th and 22nd.

"This theme works really well with what will be going on in front of our library this summer," commented library director, Dawn Johnson. "The theme is chosen by SELCO, but works so well for us. We are really excited to begin our program and can't wait to have Jack Pearson here to help us kick it off. He's a great entertainer, and I know everyone will enjoy his stories and music."

Each night of the Summer Reading Program there will be stories read and a time for crafts. Children will received grade level recommended reading lists and are encouraged to read as many books as possible from the list.

They will be keeping track of what they read and will be rewarded throughout the program for their reading accomplishments.

"Reading all summer long is very important for children and adults to be doing," remarked Johnson.

"Keeping books of any variety in a child's hands during the summer is a great way for them to keep expanding their vocabulary and to keep up the reading skills they have mastered throughout the school year.

"Even older kids can be read to, there is no age limit for hearing a good story - it's a great way to share some time with a child!"

The Summer Reading Program is only one of the programs offered by the library for children. They also have Craft Night during the school year, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten and one-on-one reading.

Through these different programs they reach more than 52 children in the Spring Grove area. That does not include the daycares that also visit the library.

There is no cost to any of the programs at the library. If anyone is interested in learning more about the one-on-one reading program, contact Johnson at the library, (507) 498-5000.

This program is for anyone that wants to stay motivated about reading through the summer, for reluctant readers, or those that want to advance their reading skills.