Reading with a few rewards: Summer reading clubs to begin

June 02, 2011|By TAYLOR ECKEL |
  • Washington County Free Library and its branches are hosting summer reading clubs for children to adults
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Summer is the perfect time to relax with a book or enjoy reading on a family vacation. This summer, the Washington County Free Library will be offering reading club programs for all ages.  

"This is literally for the whole family, for everyone in Washington County," said Lesley Mason, Summer Reading Program coordinator.

The library is offering the "One World, Many Stories" program for children up to age 13. The children's program is designed to encourage children to appreciate multiculturalism, Mason said.

Children will receive a game board that guides them through various multicultural and reading-related activities that include listening to the national anthem of another country, reading a folk tale of their choice, writing a story about their summer adventures, and preparing food from another culture.

Teenagers can participate in the "You Are Here" program, which Mason said encourages participants to interact with other cultures. Like the children, teens also will work their way through a host of activities and projects that include reading the newspaper, multicultural crafts and documenting their vacation.

Mason said that both teens and children can elect to replace some of the game board projects with self-determined activities. Prizes will be available as a reward for completing projects on the game board, and all participants who finish the program will receive a ticket to the Monday, Aug. 15, Hagerstown Suns game. Mason also said each library branch will raffle a family four-pack of Orioles tickets.

For adults, the library is offering the "Novel Destinations" reading club. Participants can enter five prize drawings by completing an activity sheet for each drawing, said Pat Wishard, program librarian. Activity sheets include a crossword puzzle, quizzes, and other activities.

 To enter the grand prize drawing, participants can turn in book review forms that involve rating a book on a scale of one to five. Prizes for these drawings include Maryland Symphony Orchestra tickets, Discovery Station passes, and $5 Borders Gift Cards. Participants can increase their chances in the drawing by turning in multiple entries, Wishard said.

Some county branches will be hosting kickoff events, mid-way events and completion parties. Here are the activities planned around the county:

  Boonsboro Free Library: Tuesday, June 14, 6 p.m. "A Taste of Summer & Other Places" party for ages 11 to 17. Participants sample foods from around the world, play games and engage in other activities. Advance registration required. Call 301-432-5723.

 Washington County Free Library, Downtown Branch, Hagerstown: Thursday, June 16, 11 a.m. The Downtown Branch will host a Japanese-themed party to kickoff the Summer Reading Club. Call 301-791-5149 for more information.

  Leonard P. Snyder Memorial Branch Library, Clear Spring: Wednesday June 15, 3:30 p.m. Listen to stories from around the world, plus crafts, music and other activities. Call 301-842-2730

  Smithsburg Library: Saturday, June 4, 10:30 a.m. Join Smithsburg librarians for a multicultural party to kick off the Summer Reading Club program. Enjoy crafts, food and activities from Japan, Mexico and Africa. To register in advance, call 301-824-7722.

  Hancock War Memorial Library: Wednesday, June 15, 1 p.m. Start a Summer Reading Club journey with a "visit" to Japan. Learn the ancient art of origami, listen to some kamitsubi stories, and enjoy refreshments. Call 301-678-5300 for more information.

 North Pointe Branch: Friday June 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Pointe library parking lot, for its cultural Summer Reading Club kickoff party. Sign up for the Summer Reading Club, see Polynesian dance troupe Pacific Rhythm and enjoy face painting, a craft, Rita's Ice and more. Call 301-733-8655 for more information.

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