Summer Programs at NBPL, June 14 North Bend Public Library’s summer programming for kids and teens is a mix of fun projects, great entertainment, and educational experiences. Popular performers who were a hit last summer are coming back for more fun. Award-winning magician Jay Frasier will start off the summer reading program Saturday, June 22 at 2 pm. On Saturday, July 27, the family-friendly band Micah & Me is coming back not just for a dance party, but to teach North Bend kids how to play the ukulele. This summer’s reading program theme is A Universe of Stories, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon on July 20, 1969. There is a hidden space ship in the children’s room, and there are weekly prizes for finding it. SWOCC physicist and NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Doctor Aaron Coyner has been invited to speak to kids on Friday, July 12 at 3 pm in a program called “Interstellar Adventures.” Wednesdays at 3 pm are Teen “Crafternoons.” Each week’s craft will have something for teens to learn, do, and take home. June 19th, attendees will learn how to create art with duct tape. June 26th is rock painting. July 3rd teens will make slime. On July 10th, bring a dark t-shirt to artfully bleach. July 17th, learn cake decorating and pain shells on the 24th. July 31st will be tie dying, so teens will need to bring another t-shirt, this time white. This program finishes on August 7th with some cosmic space painting. Thursday’s “Explore and Experiment” is a science-based program with hands-on activities for kids ages 5-12. Most of the programs will be at 3 pm. The first program will be Thursday, June 20 at 3 pm, and attendees will make “Estuary Soup,” with some help from the South Slough Estuarine Research Reserve. June 27th at 1 pm (please note the time) will be a visit from the International Reptile Rescue. July 11th is “Aquatic Connections;” July 18th children the Biology department from SWOCC will teach a program called “The Science of Poop.” July 25th kids will learn how to make “floam,” a mix of slime and styrofoam. August 1st, children will build straw-powered rockets, and the program ends August 8th with “Fizzing Planets.” The Summer Reading Program features weekly programs for a variety of ages and is made possible by the support of the Friends of the North Bend Public Library and a Ready to Read grant from the OR State Library. All library programs are free, but a library card is required to check out books and other materials. For more information about this and other library programs, please contact the North Bend Public Library at 541-756-0400 or see our website at http://northbendoregon.us/library.