The summer season is usually a time for backyard cookouts, family vacation, and pool parties, alongside the local students’ break from school. However, this summer, the county librarians encourage this summer season as a time for children to read.
The city public library will host the Summer Reading Program through a Dollar General grant. The program begins on June 11 at 10:30 in the morning, while the theme of the 6-week program would be “Every Hero Has a Story.”
Ashley Cummins, the city public library director, said the focus will be the everyday heroes such as the nurses, doctors, teacher, firefighters, and police officers. There will be a kickoff session by the McWane Science Center that will focus on “superhero science”, and will be the final program.
However, each week will feature a type of special attraction for the participants such as the fire department bringing the firehouse. Cummins said that children really like the firehouse, while it teaches the kids about fire safety as well.
All ages are invited to join the summer program, but Cummins said the activities are geared towards the elementary and mid-school aged students. She said that this summer will be fun-filled for the school-aged children as the program will keep them interested, while encouraging them to read at the same time.
The participants should be registered by June 5, and parents are asked to remain with their kids throughout the duration of each reading session. Registration procedures can be via email, messaging, or phone call, or better yet dropping by the library. The organizers want to ensure that there will be enough supplies and food. The program will end with the awarding ceremony.
Aside the reading program, there will also be a story time every morning of Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 10:30 and will last between 30 minutes and 1 hour. This offering does not need any registration. Additional plans include weekly board games and a program, featuring a movie, trivia, and snack. Library volunteers are likewise invited as well as some superhero costume players who can assist in the summer program.
Moreover, the Weatherford Public Library (WPL) will also follow the “Every Hero Has a Story” national theme of its summer program, which will run every Tuesday through the 23rd of June. Linda Ezzell, the library director said that parent can still register their kids to participate in the program. The third until six-graders will be offered with stories and activities.
Ezzell claimed that many kids have been used to reading, hence, they want to keep them in that realm, encouraging them to read as much as they could, and to let them enjoy and learn at the same time.
Simultaneously, there will be a McWane Science Center program at the WPL, besides the other entertainments in store for the kids. The parents are invited to call or sign up their children personally, and asked to remain with the younger kids throughout the program each week. The city public library and the WPL can be reached through separate phone numbers.