Summer program aims to make reading 'out of this world'

Melissa Larimore | The Dawson Springs Progress

Dawson Springs Branch Librarian Angel Killough shows a video of the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis to a group of summer reading program participants on Tuesday morning, June 11, in the Katherine Barnett Room of the library. This year's theme is "A Universe of Stories."

Children of all ages are encouraged to spend some of their summer at their local library through its summer reading program.

This year's theme is "A Universe of Stories."

The summer reading program, which is sponsored by the Dawson Springs Friends of the Library, is split up into three age groups: preschool, kindergarten through fifth grade and young adult.

Parents can register children at the Dawson Springs Branch Library's front desk. They will receive a bag with activities inside. The last day to register is Friday.

Preschool children will join children who attend story hour, a year-round program, to participate in summer reading activities Thursdays (from today through July 18, except July 4) at 11:30 a.m. in the Katherine Barnett Room of the Dawson Springs Branch Library.

When children attend the Thursday activity, they will be read two books each time. The children should add those books to their reading log in addition to the books read at home. Children who have 25 books or more read to them this summer will earn a prize. Children who attend on Thursdays will be entered in to a drawing for a prize at the summer reading finale from 5:30 to 7 p.m. July 19 at the library.

Parents should fill out the reading log given in the registration packet and turn it in by 5:30 p.m. July 12.

Children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade will have their summer reading activities at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays (now through July 16, except July 2) in the Katherine Barnett Room at the library. When children attend the activities, they will be entered into a prize drawing given away at the finale.

In this age category, children are given a reading chain and brag tag. For every day the child reads, a bead is earned. For every five days of reading, the child gets a brag tag and coupon. When all five sets of five days (25 days total) are finished, the child gets the final brag tag. All those who complete the program will get a certificate, a book, a one-day pass to the Dawson Springs City Pool and a chance to win other prizes. They will receive their goodies at the summer reading program finale, which is an interactive show by ScienceTellers, at 5:30 p.m. July 19 in the Katherine Barnett Room.

The young adults will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesdays (now until July 18, except July 2 and 9) in the Katherine Barnett Room. Their attendance will earn them chances to win a prize at the finale 5:30 to 7 p.m. July 19.

Instead of a reading log, the teens will complete "Cosmic Book Bingo" and turn it in by 5:30 p.m. July 12. The Bingo encourages young adults to read books of various categories, including biography, fantasy, a book in a series, a book made into a movie, a classic, a thriller and much more. The books they read coincide with a square on the board. When the squares make a Bingo, the log is complete.

Those who complete the Bingo earn a certificate, a book, a one-day pass for the pool and a chance to win a grand prize gift card.

The library encourages the children to check books out at the library, but books, magazine and newspapers found at home can also be read.

For more information about the summer reading program, call the library at 270-797-8990 or stop by the library at 103 W. Ramsey St. Donations are also being accepted.