Franklin County libraries urge young patrons to 'Dream Big, Read!'

Children still can sign up for free, fun-filled reading activities

June 10, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER |

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — School is out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to take a vacation from reading.

To keep the pages turning this summer, libraries in Franklin County have compiled a list of free, fun-filled reading activities.

The theme for this summer’s reading adventure is “Dream Big, Read!”

Registration began June 4, but children still can sign up for the summer reading program at the county’s libraries.

Children ages 12 and younger can attend programs, and earn prizes and awards by reading books or having books read to them.

Summer reading strengthens early literacy skills in young children, increases vocabulary and helps improve success when children return to school in the fall, according to a statement by the Franklin County Library System.


The following libraries in Franklin and Fulton counties are participating in “Dream Big, Read!”:

  • Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library, 45 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa., 717-762-3335
  • Blue Ridge Summit Free Library, 15055 Summit Plaza, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., 717-794-2240
  • Coyle Free Library, 102 N. Main St., Chambersburg, 717-709-0303
  • Fendrick Library, 20 N. Main St., Mercersburg, Pa., 717-328-9233
  • Fort Loudon Community Library, 210 Mullen St., Fort Loudon, Pa., 717-369-4704
  • Fulton County Library, 227 N. 1st St., McConnellsburg, Pa., 717-485-5327
  • Grove Family Library, 101 Ragged Edge Road South, Chambersburg, 717-264-9663
  • Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library, 305 E. Baltimore St., Greencastle, Pa., 717-597-7920
  • St. Thomas Library, 30 School House Road, St. Thomas, Pa., 717-369-4716

There also is a teen program, “Own the Night,” and an adult program, “Between the Covers.”
Performer Paul Hadfield will present “General Foolishness,” as part of the program.
Performance dates and times are:

  • Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium at Chambersburg Area Middle School
  • Thursday at 2 p.m. in the auditorium at Greencastle-Antrim High School
  • Friday at 10 a.m. at the Fulton County Library

For more information about summer reading programs, call one of the libraries or Carol McNamee, Franklin County Library System youth services librarian, at 717-709-0303.

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