Children won't have to travel to the Caribbean to learn about pirates or go all the way to Egypt to discover the secret of mummies this summer - they'll be at the Thomson McDuffie County Library.
The library's "Reading Takes You Everywhere" kick off luau is Saturday, May 26.
Children may visit the library between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to register for the Vacation Reading Club. Magician Chad Crews will present a Reading Takes You Everywhere Magic Safari Show at 11 a.m.
The library staff and Friends of the Library will serve lunch following the magic show. There will be games and activities in the afternoon.
The theme of this year's VRP is "Reading Takes You Everywhere." Its goals are to promote family literacy and to demonstrate that reading is fun.
Throughout the summer, public libraries will:
provide a wide variety of books and reading materials at no cost;
feature storytelling hours, puppet shows or music presentations that stimulate children's creativity and help bring literature and language to life; and
promote the idea of reading for enjoyment and at one's own pace, often leading children to seek books and other items that explore topics that interest them.
According to studies, it is shown that school-age children who continue to read throughout their vacation from school maintain or improve language, vocabulary and reading skills, while children who do not read are more likely to see decreases in those skills.
"Reading as few as five books over the summer months can help children maintain their reading levels so that when school begins, they are not behind in reading skills, but ready to move forward," said Library and Children's Services Coordinator Suzan Harris.
The artwork for "Reading Takes You Everywhere" was created by Thomas Sperling, a noted artist who has illustrated more than 40 books. Sperling's sure-to-be-popular menagerie for the Vacation Reading Program revolves around outdoor adventure, travel. Children will receive bookmarks, stickers and other items featuring Mr. Sperling's characters beginning on Kick-Off day, May 26.
The Vacation Reading Program is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Georgia Public Library Service under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.
For more information and to pick up a flyer on the Vacation Reading Program visit the Thomson McDuffie County Library on Main Street in Thomson.
For more information on literacy activities, "Reading Takes You Everywhere," visit www.georgialibraries.org.