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Registration for annual Forsyth library summer reading program opens Friday
Kick-off carnivals set for next week
Cameron Tomele and Barely Balanced

School ending does not have to mean students take a break from learning and keeping their brains busy.

Registration for the Summer Reading Fun program led by the Forsyth County Public Library begins Friday, May 26. The program is meant to encourage children to continue reading through the summer and awards prizes for reaching goals, and kick-off carnivals will be held for each library will be held next week.

Library patrons can also visit their local branch to sign up during the library’s regular hours on Friday and throughout the summer.

Event information

Libraries will kick off their summer reading program with kick-off carnivals, featuring feats of daring acrobatics from Cameron Tomele and Barely Balanced.

Other kid-centric carnival activities include games, crafts, balloon artists and raffle drawings.

Following is the schedule for the carnivals:

Cumming Library

  • When: Wednesday, May 31, 4:30-7 p.m.
  • Where: 585 Dahlonega St.

Hampton Park Library

  • When: Thursday, June 1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Where: 5345 Settingdown Road

Combined Post Road and Sharon Forks libraries

  • When: Friday, June 2, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Where: Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd.

“We’re very grateful to the FCPL Friends and Advocates for their continued support of the summer reading program and their commitment to make sure that each child and teen who sets and reaches a summer reading goal will receive a prize book of their choosing,” Program Manager Laura Bradley said.

The Friends and Advocates group, which fundraises for the four-branch library system and whose volunteers run the library bookstores, also donated AMC movie gift baskets for teen readers and Apple iPad Mini tablets for adult readers in the grand prize raffles at each branch.

Other prizes include children’s packages from Stars and Strikes Family Fun Center. All participants who set and reach their summer reading goal will be entered in the grand prize drawings.

The theme for this year’s program is “Build a Better World,” and each branch will present weekly storytimes for children ages 0-24 months, ages 2-5 and ages 4-8.

Rising third through fifth graders can attend weekly Summer STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) Team programs to conduct experiments, make art and build models.

Dozens of theatrical performance, animal encounters, craft and cultural programs for children, teens and adults are scheduled throughout the summer at all branches. Comedian Ken Scott is scheduled to return for seven performances at the end of July.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit