Children enjoy some ice cream as they prepare pool-noodle boats during the Laughlin Library Summer Challenge kickoff party last week. The water-worthiness of the boats was tested in a nearby pool.


LAUGHLIN — Many children attended the Laughlin Library Summer Challenge kickoff party last week.  The party promoted the Summer Challenge, which is a free program to encourage local youth to continue and expand reading and learning during the summer months away from the classroom.

At the party, children could enjoy ice cream, and partake in many activities.

“It’s just a lot of old-fashioned backyard summer fun,” said Mindy Munro, the library’s youth services specialist. 

The Summer Challenge officially started on May 18 and runs through July 31.  

Participants can register at any Clark County Library branch, or online at A bingo sheet is used to track each child’s Summer Challenge progress.  

“This year you can either do activities like do a puzzle, or unplug your electronics for several hours to earn a bingo square,” Munro said. “You can even ‘high-five’ a librarian for one.”

 After the board is filled, it is turned into the library to get a free book and enter to win the grand prizes. Youths can turn in as many completed boards as they like.

Kathy Shorkey said she really likes this program, as parents can track everything online. It makes it so her children can still partake in the program, even when they are in Michigan for a chunk of the summer.

Christine Sorensen said her daughter loves participating in the library’s programs, her favorite being Craft Corner.  

“She is taking this contest very seriously,” she said. “This is the first year they are allowed to do activities and there is no holding her back now.”

For more information about the program, call the Laughlin Library at 702-507-4060.

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