Katie Underwood’s first-grade students learned firsthand about people in their community as they toured Rockford in search of gingerbread men they had made earlier in the day but had come up missing. The youngsters had read Jan Brett’s book “Gingerbread Baby” as part of their curriculum to learn about community workers. The children visited locations downtown to meet the people who work there. They visited the library, City Hall, Ward’s Hair Care and other locations, each time receiving a clue to the next stop. The final clue brought them to Arnie’s, where they were able to decorate their gingerbread men and eat them.
The Kent District Library invites children and teens to sign up for the Summer Reading Club and spend some time reading this summer. This year’s Summer Reading Club runs from Monday, June 8 to Saturday, August 15. Children in grades five and under, both readers and pre-readers, can set and accomplish their own reading goals to win prizes and enter a drawing for a brand new bicycle. Teens in grades six through twelve can participate for the chance to win great prizes, like a new iPod. Programs will include carnivals, pet shows, magic shows, Ham It Up Theatre, puppet shows, creative cooking, lawn games, book discussions and so much more. For more information, contact your local Kent District Library branch or visit us online at www.kdl.org.