By Jessica Creagan
VERO BEACH -- Looking for fun, educational and entertaining children's activities while school is out? The Indian River County library system has a complete summer programming schedule ready for those long summer days.
"Fizz Boom Read" is this year's summer programming theme, said Patti Fuchs, children's library program coordinator.
Weekly activities are available for children as young as infants through the fifth grade through the summer program, which puts an emphasis on reading and on science, Ms. Fuchs said.
All four county library branches, the Brackett Library, the Gifford Youth Library, the North Indian River County Library and the Indian River County Main Library in Vero Beach, have weekly activities and special events for the different age groups.
All of the activities offered are free and in general do not require pre-registration, Ms. Fuchs said.
"If you're going to bring a large group, like a day care, we do ask that you call ahead so we can make sure we have the space available," Ms. Fuchs explained.
The Gifford Youth Library, which is open Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., students in kindergarten through fifth grade can request daily crafts from the librarian on duty.
On Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Brackett Library, students in the third through fifth graders are invited to join the "Fizz Boom Read" book club. The first book read will be "Timmy Failure" by Stephan Pastis and subsequent books will be in the graphic novel and anime genres.
Ms. Fuchs said she was excited for this year's focus on science because last summer it was fun to do some science projects off and on with the children.
"I'm a bit of a science nerd. Doing more experiments and crafts that are science related is going to be fun," she said.
A hands-on science program with activities, crafts storytelling and games, called Florida Library Youth Program for Science, will be held on Fridays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Brackett branch. The program is open for students in the first through fifth grades.
At 6 p.m. on June 24 at the Brackett Library, the whole family is invited to participate in a summer family fun night with games, crafts and activities.
Later in the summer, on July 29 at 6 p.m., Brackett Library will host a Kids Appreciation Night with games, crafts and activities to celebrate the child in everyone.
Three Florida Youth Library Programs will be offered at the Main Library branch in Vero Beach. On Mondays, the science program will be offered for students first through fifth grade from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; an art program on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and fitness program on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon.
Children are required to bring a water bottle and wear sneakers to the fitness program, Ms. Fuchs said.
Chess club will meet at 3 p.m. on Mondays at the Main Library and LEGO club will meet on Wednesdays at 1 p.m.
On Fridays during the summer, the Friends of the Indian River County Main Library are sponsoring a special guest series for children.
All presenters in the series are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. and will interact with the children in an entertaining and educational format, Ms. Fuchs said.
On June 27, children will experience "The Mad Science Spin Pop Boom! Show; on July 11, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary will present an animal discovery show; on July 18 science and magic will be combined in the "Future Science Past" show; on July 25, Japanese drummers, Tampa Taiko, will give a musical presentation; on Aug. 1, Kaye Burns will give a special storytime and on Aug. 8, special guest "Mr. Richard" will give a concert.
The North Indian River County Library also has a full line up of activities, some of them identical to library programs in Vero Beach, others altogether different.
During the week, first through fifth graders in the north county area will also get the opportunity to participate in the Florida Library Youth Program for science on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m., and the Florida Library Youth Program for fitness on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Wearing sneakers and bringing a water bottle is once again required.
A LEGO club will also meet regularly at the North Indian River County Library on Mondays from 1 to 2 p.m.
The club is open for students in the first through fifth grades and will be an "open build time" for students to engage their minds and create with LEGOs that will be provided.
A beginning watercolor seminar will be offered on June 30 and July 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. for children ages 9-12.
Students will learn the basics of design theory, the color wheel and learn to complete a seascape. Registration is required for this event.
Special guests will visit the library in Sebastian on a weekly basis at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays beginning June 26.
While the overall summer theme is science-based, the special guests will not always have a pure science background, Ms. Fuchs said.
On June 26, the library will host a science show, "The Reactory Factory;" on July 3, Katie Adams will present a puppet show, "Animals of the Amazon Rain Forest;" on July 10, Paleo Discoveries, a Vero Beach-based organization that educates about fossils and the history of Florida, will present "Discover the Ice Age in our Own Backyards."
On July 17, Todd Kay will present a magic show; on July 24, "Professor Boom's Wacky Science Show" will be the day's edu-tainment and on July 31 students will learn about animals during "Wildlife Tree," an animal discovery show.
On Aug. 7, Will Ulrich, a member of the National Weather Service will make a presentation, Ms. Fuchs said.
"I believe he is supposed to bring hurricane machine of some kind, which sounds interesting. I'm excited for it," she said.
For more information about the summer programming for children, call Ms. Fuchs at (772) 770-5060, Ext. 4132 or visit www.irclibrary.org.