CUMMING — School may soon be out for the summer, but the Forsyth County Public Library system is encouraging students and adults to keep their minds active with special summer reading programs.
The programs will focus on science, featuring “Fizz, Boom, Read” for young children, “Spark a Reaction” for teenagers and “Literary Elements for adults.
All four library branches will offer programs each week, in addition to traditional story times, with books, activities, music and puppet shows. The summer’s S.T.E.A.M. Team, geared for ages 8 to 11, is an exploration-focused program that incorporates activities about science, technology, engineering and math. There will also be outside performers, including magicians, jugglers, artists, scientists and acrobatics.
The library’s summer reading prize program will begin Friday. Participants set goals for the number of books they plan to read through Aug. 2 and once the goal is met, children will receive a certificate, a free book and entrance to the end-of-summer ice cream social. They can also enter the Wall of Robots and enter to win a science kit. Teenagers who complete their goals will be entered into a drawing to win an iTunes gift card.
To launch the summer activities, each branch will host a Kickoff Carnival the week of June 1, filled with activities, performers, crafts, science experiements and a puppet show.
Registration for all programs is available through the library website, www.forsythpl.org.