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BY JILL RAEL, library director
We are looking forward to a new and different Summer Reading Program this year. Beginning June 5, the library will host special events on Wednesdays to supplement this year’s theme, “Dig Into Reading.”
The actual reading program requires that kids sign a reading contract stating that they will read four books independently between June 5 and June 26, and they will log their titles into their book log here at the library. For those children too young to read on their own, parents may sign a contract promising to read at least four books to that child within the same time frame. Fulfillment of the contract results in prizes and a certificate proclaiming their success in reading.
While we have a great lineup of special guests, attendance at our Wednesday events is not required for completion of the program; the important thing is that the children read the four book minimum. We do, however, have a great schedule of events lined up.
This year’s theme lent itself to all types of topics relating to things underground, hidden or unseen, and we have arranged for several special events to reinforce that. On June 5, The Stone Bridge Garden Club will be on hand to speak about gardening, seeds, plants and how things grow, and we will have activities allowing kids to grow their own plants. On June 12, the owners of a new local business, WholeFood Farmacy, will be here to talk not only about crops but about where the plants that farmers grow end up and how they can be used in ways often not thought about, and we will have fun by changing the color of plants.
On June 19, archaeologist Ann Marshall of TN Valley Archaeological Research will explore the world below the surface, and we will do our own archaeological dig. Finally, on June 26, we will have a pirate themed wrap-up party where those completing the reading program will receive their rewards. We will also give away prizes and hunt for buried treasure.
All of these events will be held at 10 a.m., except for June 19 which will take place at 2 p.m. Each time we will read a story about that week’s theme before our guests take over, and we partake in activities and crafts. In addition, each Wednesday at 2 p.m. (except for the 19th, which will be at 10 a.m.) we will have our story hour with Miss Sue. She has arranged a wonderful schedule of stories and activities that include learning about Egypt, being a pirate, dirt movers and more. All through June, kids can find word puzzles, coloring sheets and more for their entertainment in the children’s area.
Unfortunately, I have not been at the library long enough to have time to plan teen and adult summer programs, but next year we plan to incorporate those aspects into our overall Summer Reading. But, in scheduling this year’s lineup of Friends of the Library speakers, I did try to keep this year’s theme in mind so that older patrons may take part in learning of things below the surface.
Registration is now open for the Summer Reading Program and will close on June 5. We hope to see you soon at the library!