By Sean Korsgaard
With students now out on summer break in Caroline County, it’s good for the kids to be able to have some fun. It’s just as important for kids to stay sharp though, and the librarians at the Caroline County Public Library have just the suggestion: to curl up with a good book, enjoy some summer activities, and maybe even win some prizes for it.
The 2017 Summer Reading Program at the Caroline County Public Library kicked off on June 12, and will run through July 21, and is open to youth of all ages. The theme this year is “Reading by Design”, with a number of library activities focused around science, tinkering and arts and crafts.
In addition to the reading program, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the Bowling Green Library will be feeding any children who attend lunch, as well as hosting story time with them, as well as activities like science projects, something Amy Lilly, Library Director for Caroline County, takes some pride in.
“We’re reading Sasquatch Escape, part of the Imaginary Veterinary series, and the kids are absolutely loving it, I had to read three chapters of it yesterday,” said Lilly. “We’re also reading a series of books about women in science, like Rosie Revere, Engineer and Ada Twist, Scientist, because we just love to encourage that love of science in the kids.”
There is another key difference between the Caroline County Library’s summer reading program and many those run by many of its peers that Lilly wants to point out: that there is an adult summer reading program too.
“We’re doing adult summer reading this year as well,” said Lilly. “Part of that is to ensure that adults are reading and demonstrating good literacy skills with their children, as well as just encouraging adults to keep reading too.”
The adult summer reading program has three levels, where participants read 1-6 books, attend a library program over the summer, and make use of a library resource, with participants all entered into a drawing for prizes ranging from movie passes to a night out with dinner for two.
“We get in new books on a weekly basis, so if there’s a book in our system, we can get it for them within 1-2 days, and if we don’t have it, let us know, and we’ll see about adding it to the library,” said Lilly. “We want people to read for entertainment, as well as information, so we want to do anything we can to encourage that, in readers of every age.”
Children and parents interested in either summer reading program are encouraged to visit https://carolinelibrary.org/2017-adult-summer-reading-challenge/ to register, or to stop by their local library to learn more.