The weather outside may be hot, but so are the activities for youngsters at the Thomson-McDuffie County Library as the summer reading program is in full swing.
According to Suzan Harris, Library and Children's Services Coordinator, summer is a time when lessons learned during the school year slide a bit.
Nine-year-old Ben Hawk looks through youth books.
Photo by Jim Wallace
"We strive to offer reading activities for the children that keep those minds active," she said. "By reading through the summer months in a structured program, youngsters usually maintain a reading level and often improve reading skills in a period that is usually perceived as being full of fun and frivolity."
The library's 2004 campaign "Step to the beat... Read!" has many events for kids.
"We work hard to provide things for them to do all during the summer," said Ms. Harris. "From speakers to displays to a wide variety of events, our goal is entertainment with meaning. We even have story time each week for several local child care centers."
Last year, 2,885 children participated in 54 programs presented by the library. More than 9,410 books were read during the eight-week reading club program.
"This year, we have increased our offering with 61 programs available," Ms. Harris said.
As of Saturday, 242 youngsters had signed up to read in the club, and Ms. Harris said that number would probably jump this week.
"I'll sign up that many more again when I visit daycare centers in the area," she said.
Upcoming events of "Step to the beat... Read"
Story times: (No story time July 5 through July 9)
Rock N' Read -- ages 6 months to 36 months -- on Mondays, June 7 through July 19 from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.
Rock N' Read -- ages 4 and up -- on Thursdays, June 3 through July 22 from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m.
Workshops: (Class space is limited, so registration is a must. Children under 6, please bring a parent)
Shake, Rattle and Roll -- Wednesday, June 9 at 2 p.m.
Groovin' with Jill - Wednesday, June 23 at 2 p.m.
The Sound of Music -- Wednesday, July 14 at 2 p.m.
Georgia Wildlife Center -- Friday, June 4 at 2 p.m. -- insects, birds and reptiles.
Magical Fires of Polynesia -- Tuesday, June 8 at 1 p.m. -- visit the South Seas through dance.
Creative Dramatics with Stephanie Astalos-Jones -- Tuesday, June 15 at 1 p.m. -- bringing stories alive.
Eric Litwim -- Tuesday, June 22 at 10 a.m. -- stories, song and fun.
Let's Get Wild with Steve Scruggs -- Tuesday -- June 29 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. -- it's the "Snake Guy"
Carol Bardonal -- Tuesday, July 6 at 1 p.m. -- stories and music.
Reading to the Beat! with Akbar Imhotep -- Tuesday, July 13 at 1 p.m. -- multicultural stories, music and puppetry.
Summer Reading Club program with Bette Kitchens -- Saturday, July 24 at 1 p.m. -- puppets, stories and music.