Children in Fernwood can keep their minds sharp and win a chance at prizes at the Tri-Community Library this summer.
The library will kick of its summer reading program June 10. The annual program seeks to promote literature while school is not in session by giving children a place to read together. The event also features a number of events and activities to engage participants throughout the summer months.
In addition to reading, this year’s program seeks to improve literacy in science-based disciplines.
“This summer’s theme, “A Universe of Stories,” combines our reading goals with a variety of STEM activities,” Librarian Amanda Paisley-Carney said. “Along with our reading goals, we’ll be doing a lot of hands-on creative activities to teach children STEM skills.”
Ms. Carney said the program often sees more than a dozen students taking part each year. From response she’s heard from the nearby UpRiver Elementary, however, she believes this year may have their highest attendance yet.
In addition to the library’s program, there will be another incentive for children to read sponsored by friends of the library. Children who check out a book, read it and fill out a short questionnaire will receive rewards for each one they turn in. As a bonus, each turned in questionnaire will enter the child for a chance to win a grand prize drawing Aug. 31.
The summer reading program begins Monday, June 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the library. Summer reading will be every Monday except June 24 and July 8, and the end-of-the-year party will be July 29. There is no cost to register. For more information, contact the Tri-Community Library at 208-245-4883.