Fizz Boom Read!
ASHLAND Boyd County Public Library is bubbling with excitement, ready to get fizzy with kids this summer. “Fizz Boom Read” is the free eight-week summer reading program at Boyd County Public Library, which kicks off Saturday, May 31.
Starting the week of June 2, there are fun and educational programs each week for toddlers through tweens at the Ashland, Catlettsburg and Kyova branches. The teen program is called “Spark a Reaction,” with weekly programs at both Main and Kyova. While the programs are a fun addition to the program, participants do not have to attend programs to earn rewards – just read!
All the fun aside, there are serious reasons for taking part in a summer reading program, said Library Director Debbie Cosper. “Studies show that kids who read at least a few books during the summer are less likely to lose the skills they learned during the school year,” she said.
Kids, tweens and teens can start keeping track of their reading hours on June 2 – register online at www.thebookplace.org or fill out a registration form at any branch. Participants will receive a reading map/journal, in which they will record the number of hours spent reading.
Kids can add up their time spent reading to qualify for cool rewards. Kids (4-7) rewards include a splat ball, a browsing bag, book of choice, light up yo-yo, a kite and a t-shirt. Tween (8-12) rewards are a splat ball, sports bag, book of choice, journal, t-shirt, and an alarm clock. For every five hours over 50, kids will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize, while tweens will be entered into the grand prize drawing for every 5 hours over 60 that they read. Grand prize for kids is a tablet computer; for tweens it’s an iPad Mini.
The Summer Reading Kickoff party is Saturday, May 31, at 2 p.m. at Crabbe Elementary. The program will feature an interactive story, “Dragons and Dreams,” performed by the Sciencetellers. All ages are welcome.
“Fizz Boom Read” is for children 4-12, but the older kids (tweens) will do different crafts and activities than the younger ones. Weekly program times are as follows:
Main Branch (1740 Central Ave., Ashland):Wednesdays at 2 p.m., ages 4 to 12; and Fridays at 11:30 a.m., toddlers; Kyova Branch: Tuesdays at 2 p.m., ages 4 to 12; and Fridays at 1 p.m., toddlers; and Catlettsburg Branch (2704 Louisa St.): Thursdays at 2 p.m., ages 4 to 12; Mondays at 10:30 a.m., toddlers.
The special summer reading program this year is “Dr. Frank Einstein.” Kids will learn about different types of energy through songs and fun activities. For kids the program days are as follows: June 5, Catlettsburg Branch; June 11, Main Branch; June 17, Kyova Branch. For tweens the program days are: June 10, Kyova Branch; June 12, Catlettsburg Branch; June 18, Main. All Dr. Frank Einstein programs will begin at 2 p.m.
The program for kids wraps up Saturday, August 2, with a big party at the Central Park tennis courts. Kids must read at least five-hours and tweens must read at least ten-hours in order to attend.
The teen summer program, “Spark a Reaction,” meets each Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Main Branch, and Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Kyova Branch. Weekly activities include CSI, Robots, MythBuster, Minute to Win It, Science Fair, Spark a Change and Grossology. Just like the younger set, teens are rewarded for the time they spend reading in June and July. Teen rewards include a lanyard, earbuds, a t-shirt, book of choice and free books each month for one year. When teens reach 100 hours, they will be entered into a drawing for a tablet computer. Every 25 hours after that gets them another entry.
Teens will have their own wrap-up program – a lock-in at the Kyova Branch on July 24. Only teens that have attended at least one Spark a Reaction program and read at least 25 hours are eligible for the lock-in.
The adult summer program is back again this year, and is called “Literary Elements.”It is longer than the youth programs – running from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Adults fill out brief (about 25 words) book reviews for each book they read during the summer. Book review forms are available at any branch, or at www.thebookplace.org. Adults are rewarded based on the number of books they read.
Throughout the summer, BCPL will host programs that are themed to correspond with “Literary Elements.” Programs include: CSI Ashland, Thursday, June 5 at 6 p.m.; Cooking Up Some Science, Monday, June 30 at 6 p.m.; and Invent-o-rama, Saturday, July 12 at 2 p.m. All programs will be held at the Main Branch. The adult summer reading program ends with a Finale Party on Friday, Sept. 5. All reading rewards will be given away at the final party, as well as the Keurig and supply of K-cups grand prize. Each book review written during the summer enters the adult one time in the drawing for the grand prize.