‘Oceans of Possibilities’ at MCPL this summer

Submitted by Sophia Bennett

Mary Cotton Public Library to offer “Oceans of Possibilities” this summer. Below are multiple events that local residents can mark on their calendars.


Readers of all ages can explore all things aquatic this summer as Mary Cotton Public Library presents “Oceans of Possibilities” during our summer library programming. The program runs May 19 to Aug. 12. Summer Reading is a great way to keep kids engaged, maintain skills over the summer, and encourage learning and growth through reading and new experiences. It’s FREE for kids of all ages to participate!


Readers are divided into three age groups (zero through second grade, third through fifth grade and sixth through 12th grade). Each age has three different goal levels to inspire reading all summer long. For each level completed (by reading and logging the specified number of books), a prize can be earned! Anyone who completes the Level 3 goal will also be entered to win a grand prize. Be sure to get a paper log for your age group when registering. Once you’ve completed a level, bring your log into the library to choose a prize!

Note: Special appreciation to the Friends of the Mary Cotton Public Library and their Summer Reading Prize Committee for managing and sponsoring the age-based prizes for this program!


Mark your calendars, there’s a full schedule of fun this summer! Our regular programming will run through the month of June.

Storytime: 10 a.m. Tuesdays — Aquatic stories and fun! Geared to pre-K, all ages welcome.

Picnic in the Park: 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays — Bring your lunch and enjoy a special themed program (note: Kick-off event with Aaron Fowler starts at 12:30 p.m. June 1).

Explore and Crafting: 1:30 p.m. Thursdays — Learn about and explore elements of the ocean and then create a corresponding craft! Limited spots available, registration required (online or at the library). Designed for elementary students who just completed 2nd grade and up. Parent/guardian preferred. More details at www.sabethalibrary.org/summer-reading.


Summer Reading Kick-off in the Park: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, featuring author and entertainer, Aaron Fowler, and his dogs, Bella and Choco. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mary Cotton Public Library.

Book vs. Movie: A special challenge for upper elementary through middle school readers. Read a book from the list and you’re invited to the corresponding movie party at the library! Movie nights will be held in the month of July, specific dates/times to be determined. The book list and details can be found at www.sabethalibrary.org/summer-reading.


Registration for “Oceans of Possibilities” opens Thursday, May 19. Free and open to kids ages 0-18, you can sign up online at www.sabethalibrary.org/summer-reading or in-person at the library — 915 Virginia Street.

All programs are free of charge.

For more information, go to our website www.sabethalibrary.org/summer-reading, email [email protected]y.org, follow @MaryCottonPublicLibrary on social media, visit us in person at 915 Virginia Street or call us at 785-284-3160. The library is open from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m Monday and Wednesday; 9:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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