Carroll Public Library Children’s Librarian Diane Tracy reads “Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library” to Amy Overmohle’s afternoon optional-kindergarten class.
Carroll Public Library Children’s Librarian Diane Tracy reads “Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library” to Amy Overmohle’s afternoon optional-kindergarten class.

May 14, 2018

Kuemper Catholic Schools optional-kindergarten teacher Amy Overmohle reads books to her students every day.

Now, with summer vacation just a few weeks away, she wants to see her students keep up the book-reading habit. So she took both her morning and afternoon classes on a field trip to the Carroll Public Library on Tuesday, May 8. There, Children’s Librarian Diane Tracy welcomed the opportunity to promote the library’s annual summer reading program.

The program is open to people of all ages — from newborns through seniors — and signup will be from Tuesday, May 29, through Friday, July 13. Last year there were 1,611 participants.

The program offers a host of incentive prizes for readers in various age divisions: Rookie Readers, newborn to 5 years old; Champion Readers, kindergarten through fourth grade; All-Star Readers, fifth through eighth grades; and Hall of Fame Readers, high school through adult.

This year’s program features a music theme, “Libraries Rock!”

The Carroll library also offers an extra feature — five shows on Tuesdays in June and July that will entertain and educate as well as encourage reading.

The shows, all at the Carroll Recreation Center theater, will include:

June 12 — Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

June 19 — Will Stuck, storyteller and comedy, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

June 26 — Chad Elliott, singer, songwriter and author, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

July 10 — Drum Safari, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

July 17 — Macaroni Soup, active music for kids, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

Admission to the shows is free.

Hosting the Kuemper students, Children’s Librarian Tracy made her summer-reading pitch using some magic, assisted by her puppet accompanist, Ricochet Rabbit. She also read the children a book, “Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library.”

Tracy is spreading the word about the summer reading program to all preschoolers through sixth-graders at Ar-We-Va, Carroll Community and Kuemper Catholic through students’ library visits and her visits to classrooms.

Overmohle, who’s taught optional kindergarten at Kuemper 20 years, says, “Diane (Tracy) does a great job getting the kids pumped up so they will want to sign up the day after school gets out. The kids hear all about the awesome treats and prizes they can earn by reading books. They can even earn a cool yard sign that goes with the theme ‘Libraries Rock!’ It is a great program.”

She adds, “I also like reading and know many teachers that sign up for the summer reading program as well.”