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Summer reading program begins Saturday

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Nearly 800 residents participated last year

By Calen McKinney

It will be a summer of science at the Taylor County Public Library.

The library's annual summer reading program will kick off on Saturday. Nearly 800 residents participated in the library's programs last year.

Emily Snyder, youth services librarian, said this year's programs have something for everyone - children, teens and adults.

This year's program is themed "Fizz! Boom! Read!" and will provide information about science, with some fun on the side.

"It's gonna be a fun summer," Snyder said.

Planning for the summer reading program begins each October, Snyder said, and gets more intense after the first of the year. Lots of effort goes into making sure events and activities are planned, especially those that have proven popular in the past.

This year's programs will again include an Animal Tales program, which Snyder said was scheduled last summer.

"They get booked really quickly," she said. "It takes time and patience and some digging on the internet."

Last year's summer reading program was the first at the library's new location on East Broadway. Snyder said she believes the new building brought some children to the program who might have never participated before.

Last year, 766 children attended the library's summer programs. Though a count wasn't kept for teens participating, more than 100 adults attended programs geared toward them. Those attendance totals are about average.

"I would love to hit 1,000 at some point," Snyder said. "That's my goal."

This year's events will officially begin on Saturday, with a party at the library from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be free books, snow cones, face paint and more.

Those participating in this summer's events don't have to attend on Saturday and can sign up for the program at any time this summer.

Next Monday will start the library's second year of providing free lunch meals for children. Meals will be served from June 9 to July 31, on Monday through Thursday of each week. Meals are served at noon and are free for those ages 18 and younger. Adults can eat for $3, Snyder said, and there will be activities following lunch.

Snyder said the library again received a grant to help pay for the lunches. This year's grant, from the Institution of Museum and Library Services, totals $4,858 and will help pay for staff members and materials. Any remaining costs will be paid for with donations from several community partners and the library's budget.

But Snyder said many businesses have expressed interest in helping the library with its programs this year. Businesses wanting to donate can call the library at (270) 465-2562.

There are four main events this year, in addition to the library's kickoff and closing parties.

Mad scientist Jack Strauss will come to the library on Thursday, June 12, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

On Thursday, June 19, Snyder said, the Dome Theater will come to the library for programs from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Children can walk in the theater and see videos projected all around them.

"We've heard it's good," Snyder said. "It sounds great."

On Thursday, June 26, the library will host a field trip to the Green River Lake Visitor's Center. Those attending will meet at the center at 11 a.m. Snyder said a park ranger will present a program and the library will provide pizza for those attending.

On Thursday, July 10, the popular Animal Tales program will be at the library at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Participants will see and learn about rare animals.

And on Saturday, July 12, the summer reading program will wrap with a party at Kid-Wise Amusements from 1 to 4 p.m.

Though there are four big events this year, there are many others for children, teens and adults, and the whole family.

Summer reading participants can be a part of the Fourth of July children's parade on Thursday, July 3, at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, June 13, will be the first of four "Fridays in the Garden" events. Snyder said those participating can come to the library on June 13, 20 and 27 and July 12 at noon to help tend to the library's first garden.

This summer's events will also feature story hour, rhyme time classes, club meetings and inventor's lab activities.

For teens, there will a craft day on Monday, June 16, at 3 p.m.

Adults and teens can attend a do-it-yourself natural beauty products event on Saturday, July 12, at 2 p.m.

Teens can also complete reviews of the books they read this summer to enter into a drawing for gift cards. Adults can enter reviews for a Kindle drawing.

For adults, there are several events this summer, beginning on Tuesday, June 17, at 6 p.m. Campbellsville resident and Vietnam veteran Joe Fair will speak about the book he wrote about his war experiences.

On Tuesday, July 22, Kenny Mattingly of Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese will speak at 6 p.m. about his business and how to make cheese.

On Saturday, June 21, there will be a how-to festival from 10 a.m. to noon, with children, teens and adults learning how to French braid hair, fix a car, tie a balloon hat and much more.

On Wednesday, July 9, families can attend a sci-fi movie day with showings at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Those attending can come dressed as sci-fi characters.

Snyder said summer is the busiest time at the library, and that trend is already proving true.

"We've already noticed," she said.

Summer reading events are fun, Snyder said, but there's also another purpose.

"We want to make sure the kids are reading through the summer."

As an incentive, if children read 1,000 books this summer, they will earn a water fight with library staff members. Children must complete book logs and submit them at the library for their books to be counted. Logs are also entered into a drawing for five tickets to SomerSplash Water Park in Somerset.

Snyder said the library helps support families by providing free programs and meals, in addition to books.

"Reading materials here are totally free," she said.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, June 7

• Kick off party - 1 to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, June 10

• Rhyme time - 10 a.m.

• Inventor's lab - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 11

• Story hour - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 12

• Mad scientist - 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Friday, June 13

• Fridays in the Garden - noon.

Monday, June 16

• Teen craft day - 3 p.m.

Tuesday, June 17

• Rhyme time - 10 a.m.

• Inventor's lab - 5:30 p.m.

• Book talk with Joe Fair - 6 p.m.

Wednesday, June 18

• Story hour - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 19

• Dome theater - 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Friday, June 20

• Fridays in the Garden - noon.

Saturday, June 21

• How-to festival - 10 a.m. to noon.

Tuesday, June 24

• Rhyme time - 10 a.m.

• Inventor's lab - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 25

• Story hour - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 26

• Green River Lake field trip - 11 a.m.

• Best Books meeting - 5:30 p.m.

Friday, June 27

• Fridays in the Garden - noon

Tuesday, July 1

• Rhyme time - 10 a.m.

• Inventor's lab - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 2

• Story hour - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 3

• Fourth of July children's parade - 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 8

• Rhyme time - 10 a.m.

• Lego Club meeting - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 9

• Sci-fi movie marathon - 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

• Story hour - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 10

• Animal tales - 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Friday, July 11

• Fridays in the Garden - noon.

Saturday, July 12

• Party at Kid-Wise Amusements - 1 to 4 p.m.

• DIY beauty products event - 2 p.m.

Thursday, July 17

• Friends of the Library meeting - 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 22

• Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese program - 6 p.m.

Thursday, July 31

• Best Books Club meeting - 5:30 p.m.