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Registration nears for Forsyth librarys summer reading program
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For a complete listing of events for children, teenagers and adults, pick up a Summer Reading Fun Program Guide at any branch of the Forsyth County Public Library System or visit the library online calendar at forsythpl.org.

FORSYTH COUNTY — Summer at local libraries will be filled with tales of caped crusaders and heroic endings, page after page.

Registration for the Forsyth County Public Library summer reading program is set to begin May 22.

The following week, each branch will hold its own Super Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnival featuring Cameron’s One Man Circus, face painting, balloon art and carnival games.

“This year’s Summer Reading Fun program is focused on heroes, both the superheroes we see in comics and fiction and the everyday heroes we meet in our community,” said Laura Bradley, program manager for the library system.

The first carnival will be held at the Cumming Library on May 26, followed by the Hampton Park Library carnival on May 28.

Post Road will have its carnival on May 29, while the Sharon Forks Library will be holding its event at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center on May 27. All of the carnivals will run from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

AMC movie gift cards will be raffled at each carnival.

Library visitors can register between May 22 and July 31 online at www.forsythpl.org, at the events or at any library branch.

A record-breaking 5,600 people participated in the 2014 summer reading program, Bradley said, and more participants are expected this year.

Summer reading programs help students maintain and improve their reading, writing and vocabulary skills while they’re not in school, Bradley said.

The library’s youth services staff has been visiting schools and community groups to talk about the upcoming program.

“This year’s set of comic book-style themes is expected to draw in even the most reluctant readers. Children will learn that ‘Every Hero Has a Story.’ Teens will ‘Unmask!’ and adults will ‘Escape the Ordinary.’ We’ve planned nearly 500 events and storytimes to capture our patrons’ imaginations and encourage them to check out books to read at home,” she said.

Those who participate in Summer Reading Fun will be rewarded with an automatic entry in raffles at each branch. The youngest participants — up to preschool-age — will be entered to win a superhero kit with a cape.

Readers in kindergarten through fifth grade will be entered in a drawing for a $25 Lego gift card.

Teens in sixth through 12thgrades have a chance to win an iPad Mini, and adults have a shot at taking home a Kindle Fire HDX at the end of the summer.

Participating adults will also be eligible for weekly raffles at each of the branches, and children and teens who set and meet a summer reading goal will receive a free paperback book donated by the FCPL Friends and Advocates.

The number of programs represents a 64 percent increase over the record-breaking summer 2014.

Events this summer feature comic book artists, authors, magicians, puppeteers, storytellers, live animals, comedians, musicians, artists, movies, workshops and trivia contests, among other activities.

Library staff will also present a series of superhero-themed storytimes. Super Sidekicks (ages 2-5), Caped Crusaders (ages 4-7) and Superhero STEAM Camp (third-fifth grades) programs will be offered at each branch, along with the library’s popular Books and Babies storytime for children younger than 2.