Summer library events kick off Fun summertime activities for both kids and adults

Nancy Kennedy / Citrus Chronicle

From building a better mousetrap (or snowman or robot) to making the world a better place to live, the Citrus County Library System (CCLS) offers a slate of summertime activities for kids and adults.

“With the theme, ‘Building a Better World,’ we’re addressing the theme in two different ways,” said Ben Kampschroer, CCLS spokesman. “First there’s the physical aspect of construction and building, focusing on those types of skills and exposing kids to making things.”

The other aspect focuses on improving the world, such as “crafting for a cause,” gardening, improving the environment and learning to be more altruistic.

“The main goal is to get kids into the library so that they don’t stop reading entirely over the summer, because they can lose reading comprehension, and that makes a difference with standardized testing in this day and age,” Kampschroer said.

“So, we want to encourage them to create good reading habits and draw in reluctant readers with all the fun stuff we have going on — and we want to generate interest in books and libraries in general so as they grow they’ll have a good perception of libraries.”

Each library system branch will offer a variety of activities, events and workshops several days a week, including such topics as: “Lively Legos,” “Buzzy Builders,” “Wanna Build a Snowman?” “Birds and Pigs,” “Scratch the Surface of Coding,” and “Little Green Thumbs,” to name just a few.

The library system is also offering programs for adults, including Florida-friendly landscaping, cooking for one, backyard birding and nesting habitats, Skype with an astronaut, crafting for a cause — making items to donate to local organizations like CASA, the domestic abuse shelter — as well as other topics.

For a complete calendar and details about the programs, go online at or

Mark your calendars for the CCLS Summer Reading Finale: “Brent Gregory’s Amazing Magic Show” at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 28, at Curtis Peterson Auditorium, 3810 W. Educational Path, Lecanto. This event is free to the public.

Contact Chronicle reporter Nancy Kennedy at 352-564-2927 or

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