by Sadie Smith
Licking County Library
Staff at the Licking County Library are looking forward to a great Summer Reading Program! We are using the statewide themes for children and teens. There is an adult component, and their theme is “Master the Art of Reading.” Participants may visit any branch to get started with their reading record or log beginning the Tuesday after Memorial Day. The last day of Summer Reading is July 24.
Children ages 3 to 11 will record how much time they read on their own or how much time someone reads to them. As they reach certain levels on their way to completing 12 hours, they will receive a prize and an entry form to fill out for the grand prize drawing. We are fortunate and have the support of several area restaurants that provide coupons our young readers may earn.
Children up to the age of 36 months may participate with their parents or caregivers by completing a variety of literacy activities. These activities will help them develop the 6 early literacy skills children need to become good readers. They will receive stickers at certain levels and an age-appropriate toy when their record is completed.
Teens and adult participants will keep logs of the titles they read, listen to, or view, and they may submit reviews to share with others. Teens will earn prizes along the way, and their completed Library Log will be their ticket to a pizza party at the end. Adult participants may submit an entry to win a book bag full of goodies each time they visit one of our branches.
Using an arts theme gives us the opportunity to have a variety of great programs for our participants. For the adults, there will be a special kick-off program on May 30 with area artists who will showcase their work, answer questions, and demonstrate their chosen medium. A fiber arts workshop, watercolor class series and photography program will also be featured during the summer. For teens, there will be a series of drawing classes with Russell Merritt, Japan-a-mania featuring anime films, and a film club series during which they will write and create a short film. Teens will also enjoy 2 “Teen Drive-In” movie events with tables decorated to look like cars, movie popcorn, and staff in 50’s dress. For children, there will be stories, drumming with Hakan Kaya, puppetry, magic, art with recycled materials, acting, and a fun introduction to musical instruments, dancing, and more. All in all, a great summer to be creative!