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Sumer at the Museum coming to a conclusion

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Posted: Friday, August 9, 2013 1:15 am

School is rapidly approaching for area children, which means the Summer at the Museum reading program is coming to a close.

The free program has been going on since May 29 and has seen more than 250 children participate in the many activities offered. Now it’s winding down, and Carnegie Museum Curator Kat Burkhart is encouraging everyone who started to finish up the program.

“We only have a couple days left. I’d like to see lots of kids here Friday and Saturday completing the program and claiming the grand prize,” Burkhart said. The program ends at

5 p.m. Saturday when the museum closes. The grand prize, which 38 children have already achieved, is a free book donated by Random House Publishing.

“The response has been great. Kids young and old seem to really love the program, which is just wonderful,” Burkhart said, now in her fifth year offering Summer at the Museum.

A major attraction at the museum this summer has been the Go Figure! Traveling Exhibit, which features larger-than-life story books that help teach valuable reading and math skills. Featured books are “Arthur’s Pet Business,” “The Doorbell Rang,” “The Quilt,” “Frog and Toad are Friends: A Lost Button” and “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.”

“The whole thing just fits in with what we do here, with our mission,” Burkhart said. “And it fits in with the space we have available.”

The exhibit was developed by the Minnesota Children’s Museum and the American Library Association in 2000. It was featured in the Indianapolis Children’s Museum in 2004 and will remain at the Carnegie until next Thursday.

“We’ve fit the exhibit in with our summer program and have really enjoyed having it here,” Burkhart said. “It’s a fun way for parents and children to be interactive and learn valuable skills together.”

The Carnegie Museum is free to visit and open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more information or to book a tour, call 362-4618.

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