GALLIPOLIS — Bossard Memorial Library is getting ready to kickoff its 2016 summer reading program in Gallipolis City Park with games, inflatables, music and food from 1 to 4 p.m. June 4.
“We do this program annually,” said Bossard Memorial Library Director Debbie Saunders. “We try to keep children reading and learning all summer, so each we plan a special summer reading program to keep them engaged in reading and learning. This summer, the program explores all sorts of topics from physical fitness to nutrition. The theme for ages 2 through 12 is ‘On your mark, get set, read.’”
Children are encouraged to read as many books as they can, but for every five books read children can receive a small prize. Friends of Bossard Memorial Library sponsors the prizes. Once children have read 25 books, they can win a large prize which may consist of a soccer ball, a basketball or a football and so on. Children can continue to accrue small prizes by reading five more stories.
Ages 13 to 18 make up the teen summer program. Its theme is “Get in the Game, Read.” Teenagers can similarly earn prizes for reading during the summer.
“Again, it all revolves around a topic each year,” Saunders said. “We use the statewide summer reading initiative themes. This year it revolves around physical fitness, nutrition and wellness. It goes along with how we recently launched our ‘Book- a-Bike.’ We believe in a healthy body helps a healthy mind. That creates better opportunities for learning.”
All the programs are free to families and their children. Packets for the reading program can be picked up June 1.
The library will also be active at other events throughout the summer. While in City Park on June 4, corn hole will be available to play, football, jump ropes, hula hoops and even sack races. The park will even feature inflatable baseball, soccer and a nine element obstacle course.
On June 7, Mr. Puppet will be visiting the library at 2:30 p.m. to present his comedy and puppetry routines. “Lapsit” will continue with its programs from 10 to 10:30 a.m. most Wednesday. Parents can bring children from newborn age to 3 years and engage in rhymes and reading activities to plant the seed of literary word.
Library activities will switch over toward preparing for the Ohio Chautauqua week on June 21 with adult and children’s workshops featuring historic presentations with “living history” scholars acting as their chosen personality. Entertainment and evening performances in Gallipolis City Park will begin at 6:45 p.m. starting June 21.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.