It's a parents' dream - fun, educational and affordable.
The kick-off for the annual vacation reading program at the Thomson McDuffie County Library will be from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. this Saturday, May 23.
"We're expecting a fun summer and we have new performers coming in, and it's all free," Librarian Suzan Harris said. "And story time will be fun and we're going to get creative down here."
"Be creative" is the theme for this year's vacation program, which will include weekly story times at the library, the Boys and Girls Club, and local daycare centers. Children ages 7 and older will have their opportunity to be creative at bi-monthly craft workshops held throughout the summer. Pre-registration is required for all workshops. And children of all ages will have their imaginations sparked each Tuesday with performances from puppeteers, magicians, musicians and story tellers sponsored in part by the Greater Augusta Arts Council and the Grassroots Arts Program.
The kick off day begins at 11 a.m. with registration for the reading club, games, activities and lunch. David Ginn will create some magic at 1:30 p.m. All activities, including lunch, are free. Artist Roel Wielinga will be on hand to do sketches of children for $10.
The Friends of the Library will begin a book fair fundraiser during the event. The book fair will continue through Tuesday, June 2.
Children of all ages may register for the reading club between May 23 and July 8 and receive a reading club folder to record the books they read throughout the summer. Certificates will be awarded for reading at least 10 books. Preschool children will be given a certificate for having 10 books read to them. Any book that contains 100 pages or more may be counted as two books. July 14 will be the last day to record books.
The vacation reading program is sponsored by Friends of the Library, Wal-Mart, the Library Board of Trustees, Kiwanis Club of Thomson, Temple-Inland, First Baptist Church of Thomson, Healthy Start, Coca-Cola of Augusta, Bi-Lo and IGA.
The library is located at 338 Main Street, Thomson. Call 706-595-1341 for more information.
VACATION READING CLUB ACTIVITIES
Saturday, May 23 - Kick-Off Party 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tuesday, May 26 - Picadilly Puppets - 1 p.m.
Wednesday, May 27 - Cake Art with Natalie - 2 p.m.
Tuesday, June 2 - Chad Crews Magic - 1 p.m.
Thursday, June 4 - Story Time, ages 4 and up - 11 a.m.
Tuesday, June 9 - Eric Litwin Music - 1 p.m.
Wednesday, June 10 - Journaling with Jill creative writing workshop - 2 p.m.
Thursday, June 11 - Story Time - 11 a.m.
Tuesday, June 16 - Tommy Johns Storytelling - 1 p.m.
Thursday, June 18 - Story Time ages 4 and up - 11 a.m.
Tuesday, June 23 - Tanya Ansley Storytelling - 1 p.m.
Wednesday, June 24 - Rockin'with Steve dance workshop - 2 p.m.
Thursday, June 25 - Story Time ages 4 and up - 11 a.m.
Tuesday, June 30 - Keith Karnok Magic - 1 p.m.
Tuesday, July 7 - Jeanette Wadell Storytelling - 1 p.m.
Wednesday, July 8 - Build-A-Book workshop - 2 p.m.
Thursday, July 9 - Story Time ages 4 and up - 11 a.m.
Tuesday, July 14 - Fiddlin' Dan 1 p.m.
Thursday, July 16 - Story Time ages 4 and up - 11 a.m.
Tuesday, July 21 - Snakes Alive! with Steve Scruggs - 1 p.m.