July 19, 2019 – After seven weeks of art, science, reading, and fun, it’s time to celebrate the end of the Nevada County Community Library’s Summer Learning program in West County (Truckee’s program ends August 10). Over 2000 kids and teens have signed up for the Summer Learning Challenge in Nevada County, which included reading and learning challenges, and received a free books for signing up from the Friends of the Library.

The last week of events includes a final Musical Monday concert by Papa Oom Papa on Monday at 10 am at Madelyn Helling Library, a Messy Art Party on Tuesday from 2-3 pm at Madelyn Helling Library, Star Wheels with the Astronomy Club on Wednesday at 1 pm at Grass Valley library, and two performances by Conservation Ambassadors on Thursday (10:30 at Grass Valley Library, 1 pm at Madelyn Helling Library). Kids can still turn in their Challenge Sheets and bookmarks to their closest branch until July 26 to enter the Grand Prize Drawing.

The Finale Party, on Saturday, July 27 at 10 am at the Madelyn Helling Library, will include a thrilling and interactive show by Traveling Lantern Theater Company, “My Mother the Astronaut,” which follows Aquarius’ day at “Take your child to work day.” Her mom is an astronaut, so she gets to visit NASA and find out what it’s like to be in space.  Activities and snacks will be available starting at 10 am, with a performance at 10:30 am, and then winners of the Grand Prize Drawing at 11:30 am (participants don’t need to be present to win).

Summer Lunches at the Library will continue until August 13 at the Grass Valley Library – Royce Branch. This continued partnership with the Nevada County Public Health Department and the Grass Valley School District Child Nutrition supports free lunches to children ages 0-18. Lunches will be served from 12 to 12:30pm Monday through Friday. Following lunch there will be interactive activities for kids that change daily. There is no registration or income requirement for this program so all are welcome to join.

For visitors to the Nevada County Fair, the library will have Virtual Reality sets to try and an exhibit of artwork created at the library this summer displayed in the Northern Mines Building.

For more information about the Summer Learning Program in Western Nevada County, visit the Events Calendar at mynevadacounty.com/library, or call 530-265-7050.