|Cameron’s One Man Circus performed |
at the 2014 Kick-Off Carnival
at the Sharon Forks Library
“This year’s Summer Reading Fun program is focused on heroes – both the superheroes we see in comics and fiction and the everyday heroes we meet in our community,” says Laura Bradley, Program Manager.
Library patrons may register for the summer reading program between May 22 and July 31 online at www.forsythpl.org, at the Kick-off Carnivals, or at any library branch. A record-breaking 5,600 patrons participated in last year’s summer reading program and more participants are expected to register this year.
Patrons who participate in Summer Reading Fun will be rewarded with an automatic entry in raffles at each branch. The youngest participants, up to preschool-age, will be entered to win a superhero kit with a cape. Readers in grades K through 5 will be entered in a drawing for a $25 Lego gift card. Teens in grades 6 through 12 have a chance to win an iPad Mini and adults have a shot at taking home a Kindle Fire HDX at the end of the summer. Winners will be drawn and notified at the conclusion of Summer Reading Fun in early August. In addition, participating adults are eligible for weekly raffles at each of the branches all summer long. All children and teens who set and meet a summer reading goal will receive a free paperback book donated by the FCPL Friends & Advocates.
But more important than prizes is the vital support the program offers to help students maintain and even improve their reading, writing, and vocabulary skills over the summer break, says Bradley. The library’s Youth Services staff have been visiting local schools and community groups to share the excitement about becoming a super reader this summer.
The number of programs represent a 64% increase over the already record-breaking summer of 2014. Events this summer will feature comic book artists, authors, magicians, puppeteers, storytellers, live animals, comedians, musicians, artists, movies, workshops, trivia contests, and more.
Library staff will also present a series of superhero-themed storytimes. Super Sidekicks (2-5 years), Caped Crusaders (4-7 years), and Superhero STEAM Camp (3rd-5th grade) programs will be offered at each branch, along with the library’s popular Books & Babies storytime for children under 24 months old.
For a complete listing of events for children, teens, and adults, please pick up a Summer Reading Fun Program Guide at your local branch or visit the library’s online calendar at www.forsythpl.org.