Ready, set, summer!

The 2017-2018 school year is over for local students and summer activities are ready to go!

Tonight, the Beverly-Waterford Community Pool kicks things off with their 2018 Splash Bash from 6-8 p.m. Admission for the evening is $4 per person, with a maximum of $20 per family and children under age 3 are admitted free. Come start the summer off right with a fun evening at the pool. There will be food, music, swimming, activities, a 50/50 drawing, and more for all ages.

Fun at the pool continues Friday, June 8 from 7 – 9 p.m. with a Teen Night. Students that have completed grades 7 – 12 are invited to the pool for a night reserved especially for them. Teens will be able to dance to music, swim, and play games like euchre and corn hole. Concession snacks and Dough Boyz pizza will be available for purchase. Admission is $4 per person.

Monday, June 4, sign-up begins for the Beverly library’s summer reading program. Various activities will be held throughout the end of July. Activity sites include the Library and the Waterford Township Community Building, while activities included family movie days, weekly make-and-take activities, the read-to-me program for pre-readers, story time for young readers, ticketed programs for all ages, and staff picks for more advanced readers.

At the Beverly, Library, Family Movie Day begins Tuesday, June 5 at 1 p.m with the movie “Coco”, a Disney-Pixar movie about a boy who, dreaming of becoming a great musician, embarks on a journey to uncover the mysteries behind his ancestor’s stories and traditions. The movie is rated PG. Stop in the library throughout the week for the make and take activity – a guitar pick necklace.

June 5 begins preschool story time for children ages 2 – 6. These programs are open to children who are accompanied by an adult that will remain with them for the entire time. Story times can include crafts, snacks, games, and music, as well as great stories. Story times meet Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. and are repeated Wednesday at 11 a.m. This week’s topic is Spain and Italy.

Wednesday, June 6 at 6 p.m., an Alex Thomas animation Workshop will be featured at the Beverly Library for older children. Saturday, June 9, a Stop-Motion Animation Workshop will be held. Every participant will build their own custom stop-motion puppet and bring it to life using the art and magic of stop-motion animation. Participants can choose from a variety of puppet templates or create one of their own. This workshop is suitable for children 8 and older, including tweens and teens! Registration for this program, being held at 6 p.m. is required, so call the library at 740-984-4060 to register.

The Summer Reading Clubs are also starting. Children ages 6 – 11 need to read 10 books during the program and can pick up their reading sheets beginning tomorrow. Teens in grades 6 – 12 can stop in the library for a record sheet and are asked to read a minimum of 10 hours during the summer. Adult summer reading is for anyone over 18 ears of age. The librarians will keep track of the time read, which needs to total 20 hours. Readers in all groups will receive prizes and a pass to the Summer Reading Pool Party.

Stop by the library to sign up and for any questions.



The Washington Morgan County Community Action program will once again offer the Summer Feeding Program for children ages 1-18. The Beverly site, which opens June 6, is at John Dodge Park in Beverly. Lunch is served each day at 12 noon. Meals must be reserved for each day by calling the Community Action center at 740-373-3455. Upon funding, weekend meal packs will also be available. Parents must complete an application before the child can receive the weekend meals and the child must be present to receive the packed meals. Check with your site for more information.


Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.