Sign-ups for all ages begin tomorrow, June 4, for the Beverly Public Library's summer reading program. The program continues through the end of July.
Each Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. will be Family Night at the library. A weekly drawing will be held for participating families. The evening will include food, crafts, movies, stories, and games.
Tuesday evenings at 5 p.m., speakers on various topics dealing with 'the night' will present their programs. Scheduled speakers include a Big Foot Hunter, an astronomy presentation, and the Mid-Ohio Valley Ghost Hunters.
Read-to-Me Story time begins Wednesday, June 13, at 11 a.m. Story times are for children 2-6 years of age. Children must be accompanied by an adult to attend. Stickers are awarded for every 5 books read to the child. Completed record sheets for the program are due by July 14. Treat bags, which will include a pass for the pool party, will be presented between July 18 26 to all children completing the reading challenge.
Thursdays are for elementary children. Beginning June 14 at 1 p.m., children in grades 1-5 are invited to programs featuring different 'night' activities. Each child should pick up a record sheet and activity list for the reading program. Children must read 5 books and complete 6 activities by July 14 to receive their Summer Reading Treat bag and pool pass.
Older children are encouraged to visit the library for special programs each Friday at 1 p.m. Children grades 6-12 will have various programs associated with nighttime activities and projects. Participants must read at least 10 hours to receive their reading prize and pool party pass. Reading hours are due by July 14.
Adults are also included in summer activities. Anyone 18 years of age or older is asked to register any time after June 4 for their reading hours. Stop by the library and tell one of the staff members how many hours of reading have been completed, and, after 20 hours, a prize will be awarded. July 14 is the last day for hours to be logged and prizes to be awarded.
Saturdays continue to be the Saturday Book Club, which is open to all ages. The club begins at noon with lunch. The book selection for June 16 is "Infinity".
A special event is planned for July 17 at 6 p.m. The Anderson-Hancock Planetarium of Marietta College is presenting a special family night for all the Washington County Libraries. Everyone is welcome.
Need a library card? Adults need to fill out an application and provide identification with current name and mailing address. Children must be accompanied by their legal guardian who must cosign their application. Children must be at least 5 years of age and the guardian must be in good standing with the library.
All of these programs are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the library at 984-4060 or visit the library online at www.wcplib.lib.oh.us. Follow the library on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BeverlyBranchLibrary. The library, located on McIntosh Street in Beverly, is open Monday Wednesday from 9 a.m. -8 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. The Beverly library is closed on Sunday.
Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for The Parkersburg News & Sentinel.