Local library officials are looking forward to mixing reading, fun and fitness during the summer months, and they hope to entice youngsters from across the community to take part.
The Sampson County Public libraries will begin the annual Summer Reading Program with Steve Somers of High Point, also known as “The Amazing Teacher.” The theme of the summer program is “On Your Mark, Get Set … Read.” It’s scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18, at the JC Holliday Public Library, 217 Graham St., Clinton. All local children and library patrons are invited to attend the program titled, “The Sport of Champions!”
Somers is the founder of Amazing Teacher, a company which produces educational presentations designed to train, motivate and inspire people of all ages. During the performance, Somers uses tricks, illusions, drama, puppetry, stories and music for audiences.
“He interacts with his audience, so they should have fun,” said Addie Hodges, children’s librarian.
According to library officials, Somers makes learning fun wherever he goes. During the show, they said he’ll “dramatically captivate the imagination of any audience,”
During the program, visitors are also encouraged to register for the Summer Reading Program.
“It deals with physical fitness, sports and encouraging children to be active along with making sure children read during the summer months to keep reading skills up,” Hodges pointed out. “We’ll have different activities to encourage them to have fun and read books.”
Several books have been added to the collection for children to enjoy. Hodges said the library will try to accommodate reading lists from local schools.
“We’re trying to make sure that they have books that they can actually come in and check out,” the children’s librarian noted.
Hodges said the library program serves as an alternative to staying at home and playing video games.
“It gives them a chance to get out and visit the library to see what we have to offer during the year,” she said.
The program for children ages 5 through 12 is scheduled for June 20 through July 29. Each library branch will host one session each week at 3 p.m. The session for the Roseboro branch is set for Tuesdays; Newton Grove,Wednesdays; Garland, Thursdays; and Fridays in Clinton.
Each participant will receive a reading log during the summer, which will be submitted for incentives and treats for participation. The goal is to read 10 books.
For more information. contact Hodges at 910-592-4153, Ext. 28 or by email a [email protected]
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