The Crawfordsville District Public Library has kicked off its youth summer reading programs and it appears the library is ready to “Blast Into Reading.” Using an outer space theme, children of all ages can find a program suited for them.
On Wednesday, 25 children ages three and younger participated in the Summer Time Story. The children heard a story and painted. Afterwards the children were dismissed to the play area and parents gathered for an informal chat.
Today, and each Thursday hereafter, children ages three and older also will meet at the library at 10 a.m. for similar activities.
On Fridays children ages 18 months to 5 years old are invited to attend Summer Wiggle and Giggle. This program is full of music and movement and will run from now until July 5. No registration is needed.
Prizes, including four bicycles and two Nook e-readers provided by the Masonic Lodge, will be available in a drawing for the two young reader groups at the end of the program.
The Teen Summer Reading Program will be from now until July 9. Prizes will be awarded to readers for every three hours of reading. Additionally, there will be weekly drawings for $10 gift cards. At the end of the program there will be two Nook readers provided by Sodexo Inc. awarded. Also, Friends of the Library is providing gift cards in various amounts including one $100 card.
At the end of the programs each participant will receive a book donated by Random House.
In addition to reading, participants also are invited to special events from juggling to mind reading to musical performance.
CDPL Youth Director Karen Record said it is important to keep children engaged in reading and learning during the summer months.
“We want to encourage kids to keep reading,” Record said. “We want to prevent a summer brain drain and have some fun too.”
There is no registration for the reading programs, and all area youth are invited to participate. Those children living within areas not served by the Crawfordsville District Public Library also may participate at no charge.
More information on any of the programs may be found at www.cdpl.lib.in.us; by calling 362-2242, ext. 115; or visit the youth area of the library.