Library kicks off reading program

LEWISTOWN – School is out, summer is here and the Summer Reading Program at the Mifflin County Library has begun.

Youth services librarian Susan Miriello said there is only one rule: Read and have fun!

“Below the Surface,” a library scavenger hunt, is being offered for sixth graders through recent high school graduates. After participants register for the program, they receive six tickets with checklists on the back listing different genres of print media and books. As teens finish reading and check off the book they read, their tickets may be turned in to the library for a chance to win weekly prize drawings. Miriello said tickets must be returned weekly by Saturday. She said participants may return one ticket per week or enter them all at the same time.

Teens who read 37 books by Aug. 3 earn one ticket to be entered in a grand prize drawing for an iPod touch, sponsored by the Friends of the Mifflin County Library.

“You have to practice your reading … exercise your brain,” Miriello said, emphasizing the importance of reading during summer vacation.

This year, Miriello said “The Last Apprentice: Slither” by Joseph Delaney and “The 39 Clues” series by a variety of authors have been popular with young adults.

A reading program will also be offered for infants and toddlers through fifth grade. “Dig into Reading” gives parents and young children the opportunity to earn a prize for every 10 books they read. Miriello said prizes include themed T-shirts, beach buckets and shovels, frisbees and coupons to local restaurants.

“Fancy Nancy” by Jane O’Connor and superhero books have been popular with younger kids this summer, she said. For babies, she recommends picture books by Sandra Boynton and Leslie Patricelli.

Elementary and intermediate students who complete the Summer Reading Program will receive a certificate from their librarian when they go back to school. Miriello said the signed certificates have been a tradition for 40 years or longer.

The Summer Reading Program also includes the following activities:

Toddler Story Time – For ages 18 months to 3.5 years old. Children should register by July 1 for story times at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. July 10, 17, 24 and 31.

Baby Story Time – Sessions began June 20 for newborns through 20 months old.

Play to Learn Group – For ages 12 to 36 months and their siblings. Parents can visit with each other while their children play. Sessions will be held at 10 a.m. July 3 and Aug. 1.

Story Time for ages 2 and older. Children will listen to three stories and make a craft. Dates and times vary. The next sessions will be held at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. July 9.

Fancy Nancy and Dapper Dan Party – 6 p.m. July 16 at the Lewistown library with registration due July 8; or 10 a.m. Aug. 1 at Kish library with registration beginning July 22.

Healthy Promise – 1:30 p.m. July 15 to 19 at the Lewistown library. The program will encourage girls to eat well and be active. For kindergarten and older. Sponsored by Girl Scouts.

Adam Swartz puppet show – 1:30 p.m. June 18 at the Lewistown library and 6 p.m. June 18 at the Kish library.

Sock puppet workshop – 1:30 p.m. July 29 at the Lewistown library. Children ages 5 and up will make their own sock puppets. Limit of 20 students.

Rothrock Story Time – Three stories and a craft for all ages. Dates and times vary, so registration is requested. Call Rothrock library at 899-6851.

Kish Story Time -Three stories and a craft for all ages. Dates and times vary, so registration is requested. Call Kish library at 935-2880.

For more information about the Summer Reading Program, call Susan Miriello at 242-2391 or email