Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

June 18, 2013

Young readers “Dig Into Dinosaurs” at the library

Amanda Browning
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — Young readers in the library’s summer reading program gathered Tuesday morning and afternoon to “Dig Into Dinosaurs.”

Tuesday’s event was one of many in the Greensburg Public Library’s summer reading program for children, which is called “Dig Into Reading.”

To start the day of fun, children’s librarian Jill Pratt and her teen volunteers, Katie Schmidt, Brooke Martin and Sarah Martin talked to the kids about dinosaurs. After learning about how dinosaur bones are dug up, the children made their own fossil pictures using uncooked pasta and ground coffee to simulate bones and dirt.

When their pictures were finished, the children moved on to a variety of activities. Some children went to a sandbox that was assembled in the corner to dig up dinosaur bones, while others played a game called “Bone in the Bucket” where players had to drop a bone and make it land in the bucket.

Young readers learned about different kinds of dinosaurs and colored pictures. Then the children attempted to “excavate” the chocolate chips out of cookies with toothpicks. Afterward, they were read a book called, “Where do Dinosaurs Go to School?” by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague.

To wrap up the fun, everyone enjoyed a snack of dinosaur bones (pretzels), dinosaur claws (Bugles), dinosaur droppings (Whoppers) and volcano punch.

There are still many fun events planned for both children and teens left for the rest of the summer. Also, anyone can sign up for the summer reading program for the chance to win some wonderful prizes. For more information, please contact the Greensburg Public Library at 812-663-4455.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004