CLARK–The Clark Public Library is hosting a wide range of programs and special events for children, teens and adults this summer in conjunction with the Catch the Reading Bug Program summer reading program. Dr. Farnsworth’s Flea Circus will be on hand on Saturday, June 21 at 1:30 p.m. to kick-off the summer reading program and festivities. Anyone entering first grade or older is sure to be astounded and entertained with feats of daring and skill performed by the human flea. Other special events include a paper marbleizing workshop for children ages 3 and older on Sunday, June 29 at 2:30 p.m. and participatory dramatic storytelling workshops on Saturday, July 12 and July 26.
In addition to the special events, the library is offering daily programs for pre-school and school age children. Programs include physical activities such as untangling a spider web, wiggly worm races and mosquito relay; mental challenges including bug jeopardy, ant mazes and an insect scavenger hunt; and creative crafts such as fancy fly swatters and beeswax candle making. There are story hours for a variety of age groups, edible crafts, and movies all relating to the summer reading theme.
“Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of the library, particularly for school-age kids who often don’t have the time to explore and enjoy our resources during the busy school year,” says Children’s Librarian Tammy Lee. “By offering a variety of events and activities that highlight and compliment our summer reading program, we offer kids a well-rounded and appealing library experience.”
Beginning on June 21, pre-school and school-age children can sign up for the Catch the Reading Bug Program. Throughout the summer children log the number of hours they read or are read to and earn prizes for their accomplishments.
“Our hope is to have every participant read for 10 hours this summer. We recognize that for some kids 10 hours seems like a long time. Giving them incentives for completing smaller increments of time makes that goal seem more attainable,” said Lee.
Teens won’t be left out of the fun this summer. Teens in sixth through 12th grades can sign up for the teen reading program starting on June 20. They can enjoy a kick-off of their own on June 24 at 2:00 p.m. with t-shirt decorating. Bring a blank white t-shirt and the library will provide the rest. Activities for teen include crafts, snacks, a workshop with a real comic book artist, and plenty of teen movies.
There is also a summer reading club for adults. To participate, adults are invited to read any book of their choosing and write a short review. The review will be placed in a raffle box and each week from June 20 through Aug. 8, a winner will be chosen randomly from the raffle box.
For details and registration information about events at the Clark Public Library, check out the online calendar at www.clarklibrary.org or call 732-388-5999.
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