Howe Community Library is gearing up for a busy summer of reading and activities. Its kickoff event is Tuesday, June 6, with a petting zoo from 10 to 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend the free event. Audra Mitchell will bring her chill out shaved ice truck there and will be giving away free shaved ice. Everyone can also pick up either a Summer Reading Log or an Adult Reading Challenge list and get started with the Summer Reading Program.

For infants, children, and students through age 17, for every 60 minutes they read, will receive a free book, and in addition their names will go into a drawing for a grand prize of a $25 gift certificate for Books-A-Million. To increase their chances of winning that grand prize, there are four age groups, and their names can go into the drawing up to 6 times each. The grand prize winners in each age category will be drawn on Friday, July 14.

The library also has regularly scheduled programs. Every Tuesday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. is Story Time for kindergartners through second graders, and on Wednesday mornings is Story Time for third graders through fourth graders. Also, on Tuesday afternoons from 2 to 3 p.m. is Full Steam Ahead for middle schoolers (fifth through eighth graders) where they will explore science with water displacement, physics and construction. On Wednesday afternoons from 2 to 3 p.m. is Let’s Get Crafty, also for middle schoolers. The students will create melted crayon abstract art, weave baskets or coasters from paper, decorate dishes with Sharpies, make paper beads, and make a Christmas ornament from old book pages.

Students must register at least one week in advance for the Let’s Get Crafty programs. The theme for this summer is Build a Better World, and all of the activities at Howe Community Library this summer are geared toward helping families and individuals grow, learn and do their part toward making their world a better place.