Children’s Summer Reading Program begins June 25

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

ATHOL — The Children’s Summer Reading Program at the Athol Public Library begins Monday, June 25. The program, “Libraries Rock,” is for children ages birth to fifth grade. Prizes are given to selected readers each week through raffles.

All summer, readers who read at least one book qualify for the grand prize raffle. Grand prizes include for children birth to age 3 a set of board books and a music CD. Children, 5 to 7 years old can win a musical instrument set. Children ages 6 to 12 can win one of two karaoke machines donated by Walmart in Orange. In addition, summer readers can earn money for the charity Laughing at My Nightmare, a nonprofit with a mission to spread positivity and to support people living with muscular dystrophy, by reading “Not So Different” by Shane Burcaw.

Every week until Aug. 17, the library will host special summer programs. The following events will take place during the first week of the Summer Reading Program:

Monday, June 25, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Kick-Off: Drop by (no registration necessary) to sign up for Summer Reading. A photo booth and scavenger hunt will take place all day along with the following scheduled activities:

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Make musical crafts in the Children’s Library

1 to 2 p.m.: Family concert with Matt Heaton followed by free ice cream generously donated by Anne’s Dairy Drive-In.

Tuesday, June 26, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Knucklebones Community Playspace: Ages 8 months to 12 years old. No registration required. Join the Knucklebones crew with all kinds of fun activities in the program room. Knucklebones will set up several activities. Some of the equipment includes Rodys, hoppers, build-n-balance, balance stones, double-sided basketball, seesaw, hula hoops, etc. This program is funded by the Friends of the library.

Wednesday, June 27, 1 to 2 p.m.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Open House: This program is for children and their families. No registration is required. Stop in to see the new science resources in the Children’s Library. Participants will be able to interact with several different resources, including robots, Makey Makeys, littleBits and much more. These resources are made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Thursday, June 28, 1 to 2 p.m.

Run Along with Doug Adams: Ages 4 to 11. Registration required. Children record steps on a pedometer as they “run along” to Doug’s original music and theatrical show. Each child that attends receives a pedometer and one of Doug’s CDs. This program is funded by the Friends of the library.

Friday, June 29, 4 to 5 p.m.

Minecraft Club party: This program is for children ages 8 to 12 who have attended Minecraft Club throughout the year. Registration is required.

Stop in the Children’s Library or visit the Children’s Library online at: athollibrary.org to obtain or to view the Summer Reading flyer.

“Libraries Rock!” is sponsored by the Athol Public Library, the state library system, the Boston Bruins, the state Board of Library Commissioners and Friends of the Athol Public Library. All Summer Reading programs are free and open to the public.

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