GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis Bossard Memorial Library is kicking off its summer reading programs with registration now open for youth to pick up summer reading packets to read and earn levels of accomplishments and prizes.
The library’s first major event will be held June 5 at its home location on Second Avenue. At 11 a.m., the library welcomes Mr. Puppet themed “Build a better world, read a book.” Bossard’s summer reading theme is “Build a better world.”
On Tuesday June 6, the French City Writer’s Guild will meet once more with University of Rio Grande Professor Jack Hart present to discuss creative writing techniques from 6 to 7:30 p.m. On that Thursday, the writer’s guild will start at 6 p.m. and is offered to writers 18 and older to discuss more mature writing themes.
“Our summer reading kickoff will be June 10,” said Library Director Debbie Saunders. “We will be having a Walt Disney theme and we encourage kids to where their Disney best. That starts at 2 p.m. We will have bounce houses, face painting, character artists and very special characters here that day.”
The library will welcome Gordon Russ June 13 for a magic show to perform at 2 p.m.
“We have some programs on the weekends and some that may be in evenings,” said Saunders. “Some are through the day because we want to meet people’s busy schedules.”
Story should observe around June 6 the library will be partnering with the French Art Colony to hold a walking story trail with pieces of a story spread across the FAC’s property for families to enjoy.
The library starts its teen summer club June 15 at 2 p.m. and will host activities for teens to meet and socialize. The adult “Color Me Happy” event returns to Bossard for those who enjoy coloring more complex patterns while listening to music. Coloring supplies will be available through library supplies.
Paw Patrol storytime will be on June 21 at 2 p.m. and another family event on June 24 known as Bubble Trouble. Jeff Boyer, no relation to Gallipolis Police Chief Jeff Boyer, will be present to show of his bubble-creating tricks.
June 25 will see a living history performance of the persona of Amelia Earhart as well as an exhibit to women in aviation.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.