Sign-up begins June 3 for the summer reading program at the Beverly Library. The reading program runs from June 3 through the end of July. Children and adults are invited to sign up for one of the reading clubs.
Prereaders ages 2-6 can join the "Read-to-Me Story Time,"which meets Wednesdays at 11 a.m. A craft and snack are provided, and the children must be accompanied by an adult who remains with them throughout the story time. For every five books read, the club member will receive a sticker. By July 20, a completed record sheet is due to receive a treat bag and a pass for the pool party on Aug. 1 from 7-9 p.m. Topics include rocks, gemstones, dinosaur bones, woolly mammoth, fossils and gold.
Children in grades 1-5 can join the "Dig Into Reading" program. Each participant can pick up a record sheet and activity sheet when they sign up for summer reading. Readers must read five books and complete six activities by July 20 to receive a treat bag and be eligible for the pool party. Special elementary children's programs will be held each Thursday at 1 p.m. The schedule includes: June 13, garden dirt; June 20, crystal treats; June 27, magic rock; July 11, where food comes from; and July 18, dirt relay.
Older children are invited to go Beneath the Surface with programs offered for children grades 6 - 11. Registered participants need to have a library staff member record the number of hours read on their record sheet. After 10 hours of reading, participants will receive a prize and a pass for the pool party. Hours are due by July 20. Special teen events include: June 14, Can You Survive a Zombie Apocalypse; June 21, Jeopardy; June 28, Choose Your Own Adventure - Caves; July 5 ,Teen Movie Day; July 12, Hi Ho! Hi Ho! It's Off to Work We Go; July 19, Vegan Food Tasting.
Never fear, adults, there is a summer program for you, too. Ground-breaking Reads is for anyone 18 years of age or older. Stop in after June 3, talk with a staff member and start totaling your hours read. After 20 hours read, a prize will be given.
The Saturday Book Club continues at noon June 15 with a discussion of "False Prince." July 20 will be "Journey to the Center of the Earth." Copies of the books are available at the library. Lunch is served as part of the book club.
Monday evenings will be Family Night. Each Monday evening at 5:30, families are invited to come to the library for food, crafts, movies, stories, and games. Weekly drawings will be held for participating families.
Public speakers will be on hand each Tuesday at 1 p.m. These events are free and open to all. Topics include: June 11, Fossils; June 18, Oliver Tucker; July 2, Archeology; July 9, Caving; and July 16, Tracking.
All summer reading programs and events are free and open to the public. Adults needing a library card need to provide identification and a current name and mailing address. Minors must be accompanied by their legal guardian to co-sign their application. Children must be 5 years of age or older, the guardian must be in good standing with the library and will need to provide identification with a current name and mailing address.
For more information about any of the library's program, call (740) 984-4060 or visit the library online at www.wcplib.lib.oh.us
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Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for The Parkersburg News & Sentinel.