Summer reading kicks off June 4

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By: Paige Taylor

The Grant County Public Library is hosting a summer reading program for infants, toddlers, children, teens and adults. The program is called “One World, Many Stories” including Chinese, African, Mexican and Australian influences.

Wynita Worley and Cheryl Clemons are librarians at Grant County Public Library and will be hosting the summer reading programs for the children, teens and adults.

“The main goal of the program is to improve the child’s reading or at least to keep it up to where it was when school ended. It’s to get them turned on to reading and to find things that they are excited to read. This is their chance to read what they want. It keeps the reading scores up, and sometimes the scores rise a little higher,” Clemons said.

“If children read four or five books over the summer, that’s the equivalent as if they had participated in summer school,” Worley said.

Grant County Food Service will provide a free lunch for all children, who are under the age of 18, on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the lunch will be offered to adults for $2. During the program, after completing 10 books, participants will be given a free book. These perks are only a few of the ones being offered during the summer reading program.

“We have been appealing to teens and adults with small prizes and incentives and they get just as much enjoyment out of that as the little kids do with their plastic frogs, snakes and books. The big prize this year is that we are giving away a free Color Nook, which is compatible with the library’s free downloadable book service, which is free as well,” Worley said.

New Movie Tuesday is also one of the benefits that are involved in the program. Each Tuesday the latest movie will be shown in the library community room at 6 p.m. Families will be able to bring their own dinner to the showing.

“New movie Tuesday is for anyone who wants to watch new movies; they can come with their family, and it will be the newest release, whatever will be the hot one for that week, we’ll show it. It will be shown on our big screen with big speakers. So there will be no problem seeing or hearing it,” Worley said.

The kickoff for the summer reading program will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 4 at the Grant County Public Library.

“We’re praying for good weather because we’re going to have water slides, a petting zoo, the Bacchanal steel drum band, free food, beach volleyball and an island-themed cooking class. We’ll have booths, games, prizes and it’s all free and you can sign up for summer reading during the kickoff,” Clemons said.

Register by phone at 859-824-2080 or stop by the Grant County Public Library. Registration is free for all children, teens and adults.