2012 Summer Reading Program

May 2, 2012 by  
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It’s here!!!

Registration is now open for this year’s exciting Summer Reading program, called “Dream Big: READ.” There is also a companion program for teens, called “Own the Night.”

Registration for either takes just a few minutes. All you need is your library card. Click here.

Once you are registered, get ready for eight weeks of amazing programs, crafts, stories and fun. There will be absolutely no reason to complain to the folks about having nothing to do this summer!  Along the way, you will have an opportunity to earn some really great rewards, and get entered in the drawings for the grand prizes.

The big kickoff is Saturday, June 2, at 2 p.m. at the Main Branch. That’s when Coyote Chris from Silly Safaris will show off his creatures of the night.

Starting June 5 and running through the end of July, there are weekly programs for toddlers through teens at all BCPL branches.

Toddlers can attend either Mondays at 10:30 a.m. at Catlettsburg; or Fridays, at 11:30 a.m. at Main, or 1 p.m. at Kyova.

The programs for children ages 4-12 are all at 2 p.m.: Tuesdays at Kyova; Wednesdays at Main; and Thursdays at Catlettsburg. Each week, the kids will be separated into ages 4-7 and  8-12 (tweens) to do crafts and play games related to a specific nighttime theme, such as space, stars and wishes.

There are even a couple of neat programs scheduled at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center as part of Dream Big: READ: Creatures of the Night, on Saturday, June 9; and STARLAB Planetarium on Saturday, July 14. Both start at 2 p.m.

Any child who is participating in Summer Reading can get a free pass to the museum program for he/she and a guest.

When kids sign up for summer reading, we will give them a dream journal, in which they can keep track of the hours they spend reading this summer, and any programs they attend, including the ones at the museum.

We have a lineup of cool rewards for young readers this summer. Read 1 hour and earn a glow bracelet; 5 hours and get a flashlight; 15 hours and receive a book of your choice; 25 hours and get a star-shaped coin bank; 40 hours and earn a “Dream Big: READ” t-shirt; and 75 hours to get a fleece travel blanket.

For every 5 hours kids read over 75 hours this summer, they will be entered into a drawing for a telescope with a constellations map & guide.

And that’s not all! Anyone who reads at least 5 hours will be invited to the Pajama Party finale on July 28 at the Kyova Branch.

There are lots of cool things in store for teen readers this summer, too.

Own the Night, the program for teens, is on Tuesdays at Main and Thursdays at Kyova. Both programs start at 6 p.m. The weekly programs include such titles as “America’s Next Top Monster,” “Black Light T-Shirt Night,” and “Franken Toys.”

The teen summer program wraps up with an overnight lock-in at the Kyova Branch on July 26-27. Only those who have attended at least one program and read at least 25 hours are eligible to attend the lock-in.

Throughout the summer, teens will keep track of their hours read, just like the younger kids. The teen reading rewards are: 5 hours, lanyard; 10 hours, sunglasses; 25 hours, t-shirt; 50 hours, book of choice; and 100 hours, a Flex Watch (colorful watches designed to raise awareness and donations for various international charities, depending on the color.) When teens reach 100 hours, they are entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire. Every 25 hours after that gets them another entry.

But what about adults, you ask? We haven’t forgotten about them. For the third year, BCPL is hosting a summer reading program for adults. The theme, “Between the Covers,” ties in with the youth theme, but it’s just a tad more “adult.”

The adult program starts on Memorial Day and runs through Labor Day. No registration is needed. Adults just submit a brief review of each book they read this summer, and earn rewards for those. Adult rewards include book lights, coffee mugs, fleece blankets, a book of choice, and a family membership to the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center.

The museum is conducting a special program, Introduction to the Solar System, for Between the Covers participants, on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. at the museum.

A special “Nightscapes” photography exhibit will also be held at the museum in August. We will have more information on that a little bit later this summer.

The adult program ends with a Readers Night Out party on Friday, Sept. 7, in the Reading Garden at the Main Branch. That’s when all the participants can pick up their  rewards, and win door prizes, including the grand prize, A Customized Night Out.

New this year, as part of the adult program is a weekly raffle drawing. Any adult (whether they are participating in summer reading or not) can enter the drawing each time they check out something to read, i.e. book, audiobook, ebook or magazine, this summer.

As you can see, we have big plans for the summer. And we hope you will want to be a part of them!!



Leigh Scaggs

About Leigh Scaggs

A long time supporter of digital emancipation and proclaimer of obfuscatory testaments, I have been a proud supporter of bits and bytes for nearly 20 years. With that much chronological highway behind me I'm cognizant enough of the fact that advancing age does kill brain cells and observant enough to notice that it's only killing the weak ones.

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