As always, the library will offer summer reading programs to help kids keep up their reading skills over the long summer break.
This year’s theme is “One World, Many Stories.” Kids who sign up will receive a booklet that includes a map of the world. For every 20 minutes they spend reading (or, for pre-readers, every short book read aloud to them) kids will color in one hot air balloon on the map.
When kids reach each of the seven continents, they’ll be eligible to choose a prize from the library’s Summer Reading Treasure Chest.
Upon completing the program – after 20 hours of reading or 60 picture books read aloud – kids will receive a ribbon and a certificate of accomplishment. Kids through the age of 12 may participate in the “One World, Many Stories” program.
New, and just for teens
The library also is offering a separate program for teens 13 and up.
In keeping with the “around the world” theme, the teen program is called “You Are Here.” Teens who sign up will agree to read a total number of pages of their own choosing, and sign a contract to that effect with the Young Adult Librarian. If they fulfill their contract, they can choose from a selection of prizes. For every three books read, teens can fill out a raffle ticket to win a larger prize; the more books they read, the more chances they have to win!
Signup for the summer reading programs begins June 10 and continues through August 13. Details about both programs can be found at www.thomasmemoriallibrary.org.