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Summer reading programs sizzle at library

POSTED: June 29, 2014 12:04 a.m.
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Chloe Schenkemeyer dances during an activity that was part of the recent Little Lab Coats program at the Forsyth County Public Library’s Post Road branch. The program was part of the system’s summer reading offerings.

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WEST FORSYTH — The Forsyth County Public Library’s summer reading program, which features events with storytellers, musicians and scientists, is experiencing record enrollment this year.

More than 4,500 children, teenagers and adults are registered, and the library aims to increase that number by 20 percent before the July 31 registration deadline. A total of 4,604 people participated last year.

This year’s theme is “Fizz, Boom, Read,” with a focus on science and wildlife.

The program launched earlier this month with each of the four branches holding a Summer Kickoff Carnival with jugglers, acrobats, puppet shows, science experiments and a balloon artist. Some 2,500 people attended the carnivals.

Special programs this summer include Little Lab Coats, where children can learn about a different science topic each week, and Elementary Einsteins, which focuses on vocabulary development and word games.

There is also a Books & Babies program for parents and their children up to 24 months old.

Kelly Wise took her 2-year-old daughter, Emma Claire, to the Little Lab Coats program Thursday at the Post Road branch. It was the second library storytime they attended.

While they also read together at home, Kelly Wise said the storytimes allow her daughter to have fun and meet other children.

“She loves to listen to the stories and sing and dance,” she said.

Older children, teens and adults can also participate in the summer program.

“Because we have all these fun things for the littler ones, we wanted to make sure that we were offering something great for the big kids, too,” said Lisa Echols, youth services supervisor at the Post Road branch.

The Summer S.T.E.A.M. Team, targeted towards children ages 8-11, gets them involved with science, technology, art and math. Teens will have the opportunity to attend trivia and movie nights.

Middle and high school students will also have the opportunity to taste insects during the Edible Entomology program on July 9.

In addition, there are summer reading groups and book clubs for adults.

Children and parents can set a number of books to read this summer. If they meet that goal, they can select a book to keep, put their name on a “Wall Of Champions” and enter to win other prizes, such as chemistry sets, Echols said.

 

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