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By Bryan Marshall

School may soon be out, but the Grant County Public Library hopes patrons continue picking up books for its annual summer reading program.

Once again, the library will have two reading programs — one for children in kindergarten through fifth grade and one for teens and adults.

“Summer reading is about engaging the minds of the community and satisfying curiosity,” said Wynita Worley, public services librarian. “We want people to read what they want, love to read and have easy access to reading.

Programs are a fun way to get out and be active in the community, learn something new and exciting and engage with new people.”

Registration, which can be done in person or at the library’s website, for both programs begins May 15.

Reading logs can be picked up at the library at 201 Barnes Rd. in Williamstown or the first time online at www.grantlib.org.

“We are excited about the online registration and the online reading log,” Worley said. “Participants don’t have to worry about keeping track of a paper log and remembering to turn it in at the end of the summer. Plus, they can use their devices to read and keep up on the program while they’re on vacation.”

For the childrens’ summer reading program, there are several weekly programs scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays throughout June and July.

The programs include:

• June 5- Leigh Ann Florence and Woody the Kentucky Weiner Dog
• June 12 BearFoot (Barb and Russ Childers) stories, songs and crafts
• June 19- Hot Wheels racing with Sam and Bob Perry. Bring your best Hot Wheel and see if it beats the rest.
• June 26- MadCap Puppets presents “Rumpelstiltskin”
• July 3- The Cincinnati Museum Center (There will be three programs at 4, 5 and 6:30 p.m. See a librarian for a ticket.)
• July 10- Silly Safari with creatures of the night

Patrons have the opportunity to camp-in at the library July 12.

Families check in on at 6 p.m. and stay until 7 a.m. the next morning.

“We will have food, ghost storyteller Thomas Freese, The Yurtfolk to sing campfire songs and tell stories and games and much more for the whole family,” Cheryl Clemons, childrens’ librarian, said.

Storytimes will continue throughout the summer at the library on Thursdays.

Summer Toddler Time for children birth through 2 years old and their caregiver will be at 6 p.m. followed by Preschool Story Time for 3- to 5-year-olds at 6:30 p.m.

July will also feature a program just for girls sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council.

Stories and activities will be built around four different themes at 1 p.m. on Mondays July 2 to July 23.

Girls must be registered to attend the program.

The library also will be hosting a free movie on the big screen at 6 p.m. each Monday during the summer reading program.

The movie titles will be posted on the library’s website.

The library also will be partnering with Kentucky Summer Food Service to serve dinner with the evening programs and lunch daily.

Meals are free to children 18 years and under and $2 for parents.

In last year’s childrens’ summer reading program, there were 343 participants.

“It keeps their reading skills up throughout the summer,” Clemons said about the program. “Children read all summer and keep reading logs. When those logs are filled in, they can bring it the library and choose a free book to keep for their very own.”

Teen and adult program

Reading will not only be for the little ones as the library also offers a summer reading program for teens and adults.

Last year, the library had 223 teens and adults participate in summer reading either by filling out a reading log or coming to a program.

Worley said she hopes more teens and adults participate now that they can log their books online.

Patrons who enter the titles of the books they read are automatically entered in weekly drawings for prizes such as book bags, reading lights, water bottles and more.

If a participant reads 10 books between June 1 and July 31, they will receive a $5 library credit added to their account and they will be entered into a drawing for a certified-used Barnes and Noble Color Tablet.

The reading program, which has a theme of “Night,” will also feature a variety of programs for participants on Saturdays.

Programs include:

• Spa Retreat Goodies- 10 a.m. to noon June 2. Dorie Fugate will walk attendees through making scented soaps and bath salts. All supplies are provided, but registration is required as supplies are limited.

• Basic Self Defense- 11 a.m. to noon June 9, Nick Brummer of Grant County Martial Arts will teach men and women basic self-defense moves. Registration is required.

• Reading’s a Hoot Library Owl Bag- 10 a.m. to noon June 30, Donna Riley and Wynita Worley will show how to so simple machine applique to make a special library bag. Bring a bag of your choosing and the felt and thread for the owl applique will be provided. There will be two sewing machines available or patrons can bring their own. Registration is required.

• Starry Night Manicure- 10 a.m. to noon July 14, Angel House will show attendees how to recreate stars and moon on nails. All supplies provided. Registration required.

• Glow-in-the-Dark Shirts- 10 a.m. to noon July 21, Bring a shirt or sweatshirt to use with the library’s stencils and fabric paint to make your own signature shirt. Registration required.

The library also will be joining with the Grant County Historical Society and renowned author and ghost hunter Patti Starr for two ghost walks at Sherman Tavern.

The walks will be from 7 to 11 p.m. July 19 and July 20.

This program is for teens and adults only and participants can only sign up for one night.

Space is limited to 25 participants each night.

“These programs are very hands-on and craft-related, which is always popular in our community,” Worley said.

Attending the programs is a wonderful way for people to have free entertainment and a great stress reliever, said Worley.

Instead of their usual summer reading kick-off party, the library will celebrate the program’s success with a So Long to Summer Party on Aug. 10.

“The library will stay open late that Friday,” Worley said. “We’ll roast hot dogs and marshmallows for dinner, family games provided by the local Family Resource Centers, activities by the Parks Department and a fabulous musical group from Louisville called the Coco Yam Band.”

For more information about the summer reading programs, call 824-2080 or visit www.grantlib.org.