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Summer Programs at The Library

by Luke Osteen

With a vigorous Summer Program, Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library is the focal point for kids looking to stay active.

There’s no such thing as a Summer Slumber when it comes to children staying busy at Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library. The library has unveiled a full calendar of events and activities to keep young ones entertained and challenged.

The centerpiece of the season is the Children’s Summer Reading Program. Participants of all ages are invited to read as many books as possible and keep track of their progress on a special sheet. As they accumulate the completed titles, they can choose prizes from a box of age-appropriate rewards. At the end of the season, all of the children are invited to a Make-Your-Own-Ice-Cream-Sundae Party.

“We want to remind children just how much fun it is to read, that it’s something they can enjoy throughout the year,” says Librarian Serenity Richards. “We don’t judge them on what they choose to read, whatever captures their imaginations is fine with us – movie novelizations, comic books and graphic novels, picture books.”

At 3:45 P.M. on the first Tuesday of each month, children are invited to join Imagination Station.

“Each month we’ll choose a topic to explore with readings, crafts, experiments, and more,” says Richards. “This activity is planned with our patrons aged seven years and up in mind.”

Wednesdays at 10:00 A.M. are reserved for Storytime, which includes books, puppets, fingerplays, songs, and crafts, with focus on early literacy skills. It’s aimed at preschool ages.

Family Movies will be screened at 1:00 P.M. Thursdays. On June 6, they’ll be showing “The Lego Movie;” there’ll be no movie on June 13 because of the Friends of the Library’s Massive Book Sale set for June 13-15; on June 20, it’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse;” and on June 27, “The Lego Movie 2.”

All of these events and activities are free and open to all children, regardless of whether they or their parents or grandparents are library cardholders.

For information about these programs, call the library at (828) 743-0215.

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