Summer Reading Program Kicks Off At Kirby Library

Dig into Reading at the Marian Sutherland Kirby Library this summer! The summer reading program is designed to encourage children ages 3 to 11 to continue reading throughout the summer months.

Special programs and fun activities are planned for ages 3-6 (Read to Me) and ages 7-11 (Independent Readers). Children will enjoy a variety of topics including dinosaurs, animals that burrow and dig, gardening, rocks and minerals, bugs that live underground, pirates, caves, Egyptians, and much more!

Registration begins June 11, and must be done in person. Every child who registers will receive a plastic bag (while supplies last), a reading log, and will write their names on a paper shovel or pail to decorate the bulletin board.

Participants who read 10 library books between June 1 and July 31 will earn a certificate and medal and be entered in the prize raffle drawing to be held at the closing celebration. Weekly prizes winners will be drawn from returned book evaluation forms for books read. Children who complete the optional Reading Challenge will be entered into an additional raffle drawing for a prize.

Children will also have an opportunity enter a book mark contest by designing their very own Dig into Reading themed book mark. A winner will be selected from each age group and will receive a special prize!

“Dinosaurs Rock” is the Luzerne County Library System’s kick-off event on June 19 at 10:30 a. m. at King’s College Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center in Wilkes-Barre. The program is free and participants may register by calling 474-9313.

There is a second show scheduled at 2:00 p. m. at the Alice C. Wiltsie Performing Arts Center at Hazleton Elementary/Middle School located at 700 N. Wyoming Street. Registration for this performance begins on Monday, June 17 and must be done by calling 570-454-2961.

Programs for ages 3-6 will include story time sessions on dinosaurs, burrowing animals, pirates, and gardening. Story time sessions include stories, songs, and a craft or activity. There will be morning and afternoon sessions offered. Lap sits for ages 6 months-2 years will also continue and will take place a few Saturdays during the summer.

The library will be starting its very first LEGO Club for children ages 7-11 on July 17 at 6:00 p. m. A Little LEGO Club for children ages 4-6 will take place on July 18 at 10:30 a. m. Space will be limited until we are able to provide enough LEGO bricks for everyone. All children are encouraged to bring along their creativity!

Join Miss Michelle for a special Pajama Story Time and Stuffed Animal Slumber Party on June 25 at 6:30 p. m. Children are welcome to come dressed in pajamas and stuffed animals are invited to spend the night at the library! Stuffed animals may be picked up the following day and photos will be posted on our website and Facebook page to show what really happens at the library at night!

Additional programs planned include making stalagmites and stalactites, identifying different plants, burying a time capsule, and finding treasures beneath our feet with Herb King. Explore rocks and minerals with local expert Dan Friedman, on June 26 and Master Gardener, Jo Robbins will teach gardening skills on July 10 and 24. Learn about fire safety and prevention and check out a real fire truck from Mountain Top Hose Co. 1 on July 30.

All programs are free of charge and registration is required. Brochures with complete summer reading program information will be available at registration. For more information, visit the website at www.kirbylib.orgor call 474-9313.

The library is located at 35 Kirby Ave in Mountain Top. Beginning June 1, the library is open Tues & Wed 9-8:30, Thursday & Fri 9-5, and Sat 9-4. The library is closed on Sunday and Monday.