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Story published: 06-11-2014 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Library's summer reading program starts next week

By: Veronica Burniston

Freelance Writer

Last summer the Johnson County Public Library taught children how to “dig into reading” through various fun-filled activities of gem-mining, measuring gummy worms, painting with vegetables, and reading a number of books that dealt with subjects such as gardening and burrowing animals. This coming June, the library has something new and exciting prepared for the Summer Reading Program: it’s called FIZZ BOOM READ!

Sponsored by Friends of the Library, the six-week Summer Reading Program, which takes place in the Kathleen S. Mount Meeting Room, hopes to not only encourage children to maintain and improve their reading skills during the summer months, but also to incite pleasure reading in young children during their much anticipated vacation.

With programs delivered by Gamma Mu members and a number of volunteers, this summer’s theme of FIZZ BOOM READ! will explore the world of science with topics like My Backyard, Fizz Boom Pop, Living Things, Splish Splash Science Camp, Senses, as well as Science and the Arts. Through a variety of hands-on crafts, group reading, games, and refreshments, the Summer Reading Program provides an exciting and educational opportunity for children once a week while also introducing them to the learning environment and benefits of the local library.

This summer there are two available programs, depending on the age of the child:

The Young Explorer Program, which is for children ages three to six, will be held on Wednesdays at 11:00 am, beginning on June 18th.

The School Age Program, which is for children ages five to eleven, will be held on Fridays at 11:00 am, beginning on June 13th.

Other special events taking place at the library this summer include a special performance by Mr. Bond, the Science Guy, on Tuesday, July 8, at 3:00 pm. Mr. Bond’s performance is free and open to the public. In addition, the Scholastic Book Fair will be returning to the library June 7-12. The Book Fair will be held in the Kathleen S. Mount Meeting Room during regular library hours.

So as summer vacation kicks into gear, mark the calendars and swing by the Johnson County Public Library for this year’s Summer Reading Program, where children will explore the world of science like never before, participate in science-related arts & crafts, wander through exciting stories as a group, and have an absolute blast while doing it. Like last year’s theme “Dig Into Reading,” FIZZ BOOM READ! promises an encouraging and adventurous hour every week in the six-week session Summer Reading Program for children ages three to eleven.

For more information about this year’s Summer Reading Program, how to sign-up a child, or about the upcoming book fair, either stop by the public library for the sign-up sheet or call 727-6544.