PENDLETON - Programs for elementary-age children will begin this week at the Pendleton Public Library.

Tom Hilliard, city library director, said the programs will begin Wednesday and continue from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, except holidays, through June and then two days a week during the summer.

The Umatilla County Special Library District received a federal grant to create the Up and Away Program for first-graders on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Pendleton Public Library. The program director will visit elementary schools in town before coming to the Pendleton Public Library each week. Up and Away will focus on getting each student a library card and making the library a lifelong habit, Hilliard said.

The Pendleton Public Library has added a staff position, library aide for children, to coordinate activities for elementary students all year.

Through April, the program dates and themes are:

•April 13-14, Up and Away, introduction to the program

•April 20-21, Up and Away, books

•April 25-26, Get outdoors, observe nature

•April 27-28 Butterflies

These programs will be in addition to the weekly story hour Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and the summer reading program, which is scheduled June 13-Aug. 20.

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