Summer reading clubs, 2006
CUMBERLAND — Local children still have the opportunity to participate in Summer Reading Clubs held at all Allegany County Library branches.
Barbara Riffey, coordinator of the Washington Street branch's program, said that children can sign up anytime during the summer.
"The challenges make it more fun for kids to continue to read," she said.
This year's theme is "Clue into Reading." Kids between the ages of 6 and 12 can pick up a game board at any county library. Libraries hold weekly programs where children can enjoy fun activities and receive a prize when they finish one of four "cases" they are challenged to complete.
Riffey said that more than 30 children have signed up for the Summer Reading Club at the Washington Street branch.
During its Wednesday meeting, the program featured a visit from animals from Scales and Tales. Next Wednesday, Sara Gernat is scheduled to talk about kitchen science and why recipes work.
The clubs began the week of June 19 and will be held through the week of July 29.
The Summer Reading Club schedule is: Frostburg Branch, Wednesday 2 p.m.; Georges Creek, Tuesday, 1 p.m.; LaVale, Thursday, 2 p.m.; South Cumberland, Tuesday, 2 p.m.; Washington Street, Wednesday, 2 p.m.; and Westernport, Monday, 6:30 p.m.
A pizza party will be held at the end of July.
As an incentive for 2006, a 30 inch Sneaks-Stakes Trophy will be presented to the area school with the highest percentage of students completing and returning Summer Reading Club game boards. The trophy will be housed at the winning school until a new winner is picked for 2007. The trophy was provided by Bill Bingman of Frostburg State University's Children's Literature Center.
Rocky Gap State Park Scales and Tails Aviary Naturalist Jen Miller lets Allyson Crowe, 6, and her brother Austen Crowe, 4, of Cumberland touch a box turtle while their mother Stefanie Crowe watches during the Mysteries in the Woods program at the Washington Street Library on Wednesday afternoon. The children were learning about different species of animals during the Summer Reading Club.
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