Learning shouldn’t take hiatus in the summer


School’s out. The initial excitement is over, and now students and parents are left wondering what to do with their extra time. There are many options.

With such great weather, now is the time to go explore areas outside. There are many beautiful day hikes and wonderful camping areas that await. The Pulaski Tunnel Trail, in Wallace, Idaho, is a hike my family is hoping to make this summer. Last summer, we took an afternoon trip to Elk Creek Falls and thoroughly enjoyed our drive there, our hike to the three falls and our picnic dinner before heading home.

Stop at any of the Latah County Library branches and check out our great resources for local family excursions. The Troy Historical Society has provided the Troy Library with complimentary touring maps of historical sites in Latah County.

Children entering or exiting the fourth grade have access to a National Parks Pass which provides free entry for their family into parks across the country. For more information go to www.everykidinapark.gov/.

Summer is also a great time for students to learn a new hobby or skill. Learning keeps our brains engaged and healthy. Summer is the perfect time to ask your child some questions about things they are interested in and to foster excitement about a topic they want to explore. Child-led exploration helps children truly become excited about learning and developing a positive attitude toward growth. The library is a great place to find the resources you need to discover and learn.

After a long day of hiking or working in the garden, a little relaxation may be needed. Have you tried Kanopy? It’s an on-demand film streaming service available to Valnet patrons on a variety of devices. Sign up with your library card at valnet.kanopy.com.

Summer is a great time to be involved in your community. The last weekend in June, Troy Community Theatre will be presenting “The Wizard of Oz” in the Troy Park Gazebo. Tickets are free, but reservations are required because of space. Visit their website at www.troycommunitytheatre.weebly.com and reserve your tickets for one of the four shows.

Troy’s Old Timers’ Day is July 13 and you can find the schedule of events, most of which are free, at www.troyidaho.net. Old Timers’ Day is an event starting with a pancake breakfast at 6 a.m. and ending at 11 p.m. with activities for all ages from a car show, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, 4-on-4 volleyball tournament, logger sports obstacle course and much more.

Of course, don’t forget the Universe of Stories summer reading program at your Latah County library branch. We have many exciting programs in the library and fun prizes to win. In addition, Moscow has an adult summer reading program, which has four different challenges to complete and prizes to win as well. Thank you to the Friends of the Library groups, businesses and community members for your support of the Latah County Library District and our summer reading programs.

Danielle Johnson is the branch manager of the Troy Community Library.

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