Summer programs kick off

The Summer Feeding Program sponsored by Washington/Morgan Community Action begins Monday at the playground beside the Beverly Pool on Fifth Street in Beverly.

The program offers free meals for children ages 1-18 with activities to follow. The program runs each week day from Monday-Aug. 15. Meals are served 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Monday-Friday. A weekend pack meal program will be offered on June 13, 20 and 27; July 3, 11, 18 and 25 and Aug. 1, 8 and 15. Children will receive one meal pack every Friday, which includes 2 breakfast meals, 4 lunch/dinner meals, 1 white milk, and 1 chocolate milk. The child must be present on Friday to receive the packed weekend meals.

I talked with students who participated in last summer’s program. They were very excited to know the meal program was returning. I asked what they enjoyed the most, and they enthusiastically chorused, “Everything!” One little guy just burst into smiles while others couldn’t tell me fast enough what they liked about the program. They liked the varying meal choices as well as the weekend meal packs. They said it was easy to find the “outside cafeteria” and pick up their meals.

Each day’s meal must be pre-ordered by calling (740) 373-3455.

The Summer Food Program for Children is available to all children without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

Time to register for summer reading

Sign-up for the Beverly Branch Library Summer Reading program for readers of all ages begins tomorrow. To sign up, pre-readers need to: bring a grownup to the library beginning Monday, then read and record 5 books; Every 5 books earns a sticker; a completed record sheet must be turned in by July 19 to be eligible for prizes. Here’s how sign-up works for children: Stop in to the library to sign up; Read and record 10 books on your summer reading card; Get one sticker for each book read, up to a maximum of 10 books; A completed record sheet must be turned in by July 19 to be eligible for prizes. Older children -grades 6 – 12 – need to complete their summer program by: signing up at the library beginning Monday; have a staff member record your name and reading hours, but only hours after Monday count!; 1 hour of reading = 1 small treat with the chance to get a larger treat; After 10 hours of reading readers will receive the summer reading gift bag. Adult reading is available for readers over 18 years of age. To sign up: Have a staff member record your name and reading hours beginning Monday; read 20 hours to receive the summer reading gift bag.

Everyone turning in completed record sheets by July 19 with required books or hours recorded will receive a ticket in their gift bag for the summer reading pool party at the Beverly Pool. The pool party is planned 6-8 p.m. July 31. Tickets are required for admission to the party.

For more information about the Read-to-Me Story Time, Elementary Children’s Program and Kids’ Night, Family Night, Older Children’s Programs, and the Adult Reading Program – or any other library program – visit the library on McIntosh Street or, call the library at (740) 984-4060,or visit them on the web at or


Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for The Parkersburg News & Sentinel.