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Photo courtesy of Omaha Public Library
Photo courtesy of Omaha Public Library

Omaha Public Library Summer Reading Program

By Emily Brocker

You may not typically associate gardening with a trip to the library, but the Omaha Public Library plans to change that with the 2013 Summer Reading Program, presented by Cox Communications.

This year, the library’s program and workshops focus on getting in touch with your inner green thumb, no matter your age or level of experience. Th e reading program, an annual event held in June and July, is open to all Omaha residents. Last year, the program had over 24,000 participants.

The mission of Omaha Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is “To encourage kids to keep reading during the summer and prevent the ‘summer slide’ that can happen when they aren’t keeping their skills sharp,” said Emily Getzschman, Omaha Public Library’s marketing manager. “We want to make sure kids go back to school in the fall prepared to learn.”

There are three age groups in the reading program. “Dig into Reading” is for children, “Beneath the Surface” is for teens and “Groundbreaking Reads” is for adults. When you finish reading the number of required books or read for the required number of hours (depending on your age group), you’ll receive great prizes.

The Summer Reading Program is about a lot more than just books. The library has teamed up with a number of community gardening groups and organizations to off er a wide variety of workshops such as, Creating Edible Landscapes, Growing Microgreens, DIY Container Gardens, Composting, Plant-Based Grilling, Gardening with the Garden Club, Make Your Own Terrarium and Mini Gardens for Your Home.

Visit your local branch today to sign up, or find more information at OmahaLibrary.org.