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Summer Reading Programs Set to Begin at the Bristol Public Library

June 09, 2015

The highly popular summer reading programs for children and for teens are ready to begin at the Bristol Public Library and the Avoca Branch Library.. Featuring great books for reading, special events, movies, and other fun activities the summer reading programs serve approximately 5,000 young people each summer. The goals of the program is to engage ages 0-18 to maintain and improve their reading skills, help young people develop more social literacy ,and provide a safe and fun environment for activities. Registration for the program is currently underway.

The BPL Main Library’s Children’s Summer Reading Program kicks off June 8th and runs through July 17th. This year there are two themes for the program: “Every Hero Has a Story,” and “Read to the Rhythm.” There will hour- long programs of stories, crafts, and activities presented three times per week: Mondays from 6-7:00pm; Thursdays from 2-3:00pm; and, Fridays, from 10-11am. Each child may also attend a special event and movie each week. All events and activities are free! Children will receive reading logs to keep track of all the books they read throughout the summer and each child will have the chance to register for some fun prizes by competing in our “Superhero Challenge” each week they attend the story/craft programs.

Special events include one of the most popular programs presented each year SNAKES ALIVE! This fun and informative program has been a part of the children’s programming at the BPL for many years and it gets more and more popular each summer. Everyone including parents learns about nature’s most misunderstood creatures—reptiles! Besides learning how to identify harmful snakes participants get to handle some very friendly and gentle reptiles like Peaches the corn snake and be entertained by Tarzan the Iguana’s bad manners. This program is Wednesday, June 17th at 3 pm and attendance is limited to 160. Registration must be done in person in the Children’s Library. Other special events include musician Roger Day, Illusionist Kermit Johnson, Mr. Bond the Science Guy, and Drum Magic from Orlando, Florida. Registration for Drum Magic will begin July 1st.

Avoca’s Children’s Summer Program runs from June 3 through July 17th. Many special events include visits from a National Guard soldier, firefighters and policemen, Ronald McDonald, Rob Pilk who owns a local comic book store, and a superhero costume party.

The Teen Summer Reading Program will Begin June 15th and run through July 24th with book clubs for Tweens and Teens and several other groups. The theme is “Worlds Collide at the Library.”

Additional information can be gotten by contacting the main BPL Children’s Department at 276-645-6153, Pam Neal the Teen librarian at 276-821-6192, or the Avoca Library at 423-968-9663.