The summer reading program began on Monday at the Macon Public Library. Dream Big, Read is the theme for this year’s program.
“Our goal is to keep kids reading during the summer,” said library director Elaine Nuhn. “Studies show that kids who read in the summer are better prepared when school starts back up in the fall.”
The summer program is being coordinated by library staff member Jenny Robuck.
The young adult session meets on Monday’s from 4 to 5 p.m.
On Wednesday’s from 11 -11:30 a.m. the preschool-kindergarten group meets. There will be no session for this age group on July 4th.
The 1st - 3rd grade group meets on Thursday’s from 10 - 11 a.m. followed by the 4th grade and up group from 11 to noon.
All groups meet in the meeting room in the basement of the library. Activities or crafts are also included during the weekly sessions.
Two special events are planned. On June 20, professional storyteller Joyce Slater will present “Dreamsicle Stories” from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in the meeting room. Slater’s presentation is made possible through a “Read First” grant.
On July 19, the Friend of the Library are sponsoring a concert by entertainer Rick Rayburn from 2 - 3 p.m.
Nuhn said that local businesses have donated prizes for independent reading goals achieved by the students during the program.
Preschool-kindergarten children who attend three or more weekly programs will be eligible to enter the grand prize drawing.
The three other age levels will need to attend four sessions to be in the grand prize drawing.
Nuhn said that the sessions are free and open to the public. A library card is not necessary to attend.
“Those wishing to check out books will need to have a library card,” she said.
For more information you may call the library at 660-385-3314.