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Summer Reading Program Starts June 8


"A Universe of Stories!"
Summer Reading Program
June 8-July 26, 2019

This summer, Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is joining libraries across the country to celebrate "A Universe of Stories!"- a Summer Reading program inspired by space exploration!  We hope to inspire children of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves, and create their own stories. We'll be holding space-themed events for our adults, teens, and children! This Collaborative Summer Library Program is nationally-coordinated program that began in the summer of 1980 to encourage youth to continue to improve their reading skills during the months when school is not in session!


Join us for our Summer Reading Blast-Off on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m.- Noon. Enjoy space-themed games, crafts, and snacks, plus...we'll get you registered quickly for the children, teen, or adult Summer Reading Programs! 


A registration form is required for each child who participates in this annual reading program. Register online with the form below or fill one out at the Children’s Desk in person. Please complete one form for each family. These forms REALLY help us plan and record how many people participate each year! We'll be taking pictures as usual during events to share on the library social media, so please let us know if you have any issues with photography on the form. The forms will also help us record your child's reading hours when they turn in their reading logs after every 10 hours of logged in reading. Note: Adult registrations will be processed in the main library, separately from the children’s program.


There are children, teen, and adult programs all summer long, capped off by our finale on July 26.  Please note there are a few off-site events on the schedule!


Click here to download a reading log and keep track of your child's reading! Mark out one symbol for each 15 minute block of reading time; four symbols equal one hour. When ten hours have been completed, bring the log back to the library.  Make certain that each child/family has a registration form on file so we can keep track for special recognitions at the end of summer!  


*To encourage and motivate children and families to read for pleasure
*To help school age children maintain their reading skills while on school holiday
*To introduce children and their families to the resources of their public library
*To attract new customers to their library
*To establish the library as a vital part of community life
*To promote community involvement in the mission of the library
*To create positive publicity for the library
*To establish a partnership with the school community

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