The Fayette County Public Libraries will kick off its summer reading program beginning the week of June 10. Each library will offer a weekly hour-long program encouraging reading for six weeks.
This year’s theme is “Universe of Stories.” Each library will offer reading, games, songs, crafts and snacks to go along with the program.
At the end of the six weeks, on July 29 at 6 p.m. there will be a planetarium with an astronomer to reveal the universe for the kids who turn in their reading logs. Summer reading programs began in the 1890s as a way to encourage school children, particularly those in urban areas and not needed for farm work, to read during their summer vacation, use the library and develop the habit of reading. Numerous studies have shown that summer programs help ensure that school children retain reading and learning skills over the summer recess. Summer reading programs are geared for reading for the fun of it. If you can read, thank a teacher. If you love to read, thank a librarian. Libraries are in the business of creating a new generation of readers – people who are curious and love to read. Summer library programs take advantage of children’s natural curiosity to introduce new subjects and different genres – things kids might not study in school but in which they are interested. The Fayette County Summer Reading program is free of charge and open to children aged 3 to 12 years old. The following is a schedule of the Summer Reading Program for the Fayette County Public Libraries:
• Ansted Public Library (304-658-5472) — Tuesdays at 6 p.m., starting June 11;
• Fayetteville Public Library (304-574-0070) — Wednesdays at 11 a.m.; starting June 12;
• Meadow Bridge Library (304-484-7942) — Wednesdays at 11 a.m.; starting June 12;
• Montgomery Public Library (304-442-5665) — Wednesdays at 2 p.m.; starting June 12;
• Mount Hope Public Library (304-877-3260) — Tuesdays at 1 p.m.; starting June 11;
• Oak Hill Public Library (304-469-9890) — kick-off on June 6 at 11 a.m. with sidewalk chalk drawing; there will be two story-time sessions again this year, one on Tuesdays at 11 a.m.(beginning June 11) and one on Thursdays at 11 a.m. (beginning June 13) — decide which day works best for you and come to kick-off on June 6.
— Fayette County Public Library