Magician Norm Barnhart shares magic tricks at the Chatfield Public Library last Tuesday, June 18, as part of his show, "Reading is Magic." The library's summer reading program for children began that day and will continue through July 26.  GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
Magician Norm Barnhart shares magic tricks at the Chatfield Public Library last Tuesday, June 18, as part of his show, "Reading is Magic." The library's summer reading program for children began that day and will continue through July 26. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
Find the magic of reading at your "liberry."

(It's not something you can dig into in a raspberry).

"The 'liberry' is the best berry in the whole world," said magician Norm Barnhart, performing for children who attended the kickoff program of the Chatfield Public Library's children's summer reading program last Tuesday, June 18. The theme for the program this summer is "Dig Into Reading." During the kickoff, one of the young audience members offered that she likes going to the "liberry."

Chatfield Public Library director Monica Erickson and her assistants are excited to welcome children of all sizes to the "liberry" this summer - with something for everyone - including activities, performers, programs, story times and prizes.

The events encourage young people to "Dig Into Reading," like Barnhart did throughout his show, "Reading is Magic," made possible through Minnesota Legacy Act funding.

"At the library, you learn something new every day," Barnhart stated, catching magic dust from the air, "the dust that stories like 'Cinderella' and 'Peter Pan' start with." He pointed out, when Erickson took pictures of him with a helper, that "you'll find books about photography at the library, too."

Digging in begins with the preschoolers who can have their parents, grandparents or good friends read to them and log their reading time on a reading log. They can also attend special Friday morning programs at 10 a.m.

Reading logs for all program participants, zero through 18, have been available at the "liberry" since June 11.

Programs for elementary-aged students will continue each Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. through July 26.

Completed reading logs earn readers "Banana Bucks" which can be used to buy prizes from the library's prize store. Teens 13 to 18 years are invited to fill out a reading log for each book they read between June 10 and Aug. 3 and each book they read increases their chances of winning a brand new Kindle HD, as well as other prizes in the weekly drawings.

Preschoolers enjoyed listening to the "WonderWeavers" this past Friday, storytellers with an unbelievable repertoire of tales.

Erickson invited the small and the tall elementary kids to the library on Tuesday, July 2, to build fairy gardens out of twigs, sticks, moss, grass and found items, and to check out more books, because every day is a chance to learn more about the books available at the library.

Erickson encouraged young people to read, read, read and read some more as they "Dig Into Reading" because, as Barnhart observed, "Reading makes your brain grow."

The Chatfield Public Library is located at 314 South Main Street, Chatfield. Its hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, call (507) 867-3480 or log onto the library's website at www.chatfieldpubliclibrary.org.