Homer’s Public Library and Community Recreation kicks off in June with an array of summer opportunities for youth and adults to engage in both solo and in groups.
The library’s summer theme, coordinated by youth services librarian Cinda Nofziger, is “Find your voice” and begins with a simple family celebration event to introduce everyone to the summer on Saturday, June 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the library.
Throughout the summer people will be able to explore activities in writing, drawing, journaling and participating in reading groups. Some of more specific and shorter projects will include “Be a Physicist” in conjunction with the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska and a comic book drawing workshop with freelance illustrator Lee Post. These will require registration.
Sara Brewer will provide a fairy spell project in conjunction with summer solstice on June 19 and 20.
July brings more opportunities, including a writer’s club for fourth to sixth grade students led by Mercedes O’Leary Harness . See the Homer Public Library website for more details on how to sign up and when and where events are taking place.
Homer Community Recreation director Mike Illg provided details on many options for indoor and outdoor recreation available over the summer. Summer options include: Zumba, basketball, volleyball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, pickleball and karate. More information on time and registration for these events can be found at https://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/com-rec/current-programs-events.
Illg is moving out of his current office in the Homer High School to the HERC building for the summer to accommodate for High School summer roof repair plans.
In collaboration with the Homer Public Library, Community Recreation is also looking at coordinating a gear-lending program for disc golf equipment, hiking poles, binoculars, croquet gear, jump ropes, kites and pickleball paddles. There is a limited quantity and selection of items but the intent is to encourage outdoor recreation. Find details and gear available at: https://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/com-rec/sports-gear-lending-program.
Illg also suggested community members consider an option for soccer with Homer United FC, a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to providing both a recreational and competitive opportunity for youth soccer in Homer. Check out registration options and other details for that program at: https://homerunitedfc.org.