Read­ers wel­come first day of sum­mer read­ing

Cecil Whig - - WE ATHE R - By DARA MCBRIDE

dm­cbride@ce­cil­whig.com

— The start of June marked the start of the sum­mer read­ing sea­son, and Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary pa­trons were more than happy to start with pick­ing up bun­dles of books.

As li­brar­i­ans worked on fi­nal­iz­ing dec­o­ra­tions in the chil­dren’s room of the Elk­ton Cen­tral Li­brary Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, a slow but steady stream of fam­i­lies came in to check­out books and pick up read­ing logs.

About 20 read­ers signed up Wed­nes­day at Elk­ton Cen­tral Li­brary, said Rachel Wright, chil­dren’s ser­vices man­ager. This in­cluded a mix of fam­i­lies and even a group from a day­care.

“Ev­ery­one’s ready

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to start,” Wright said, adding pa­trons start ask­ing when they can sign up start­ing in May.

For the sum­mer, Wright said ghost sto­ries like those by Mary Down­ing Hahn are of­ten pop­u­lar. She said young read­ers may also be in­ter­ested in a new book from the author of the Percy Jack­son and the Olympians se­ries, Rick Rior­dan, and the next book in the Dis­ney De­scen­dants se­ries.

The Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary’s sum­mer read­ing pro­gram — this year themed “On your mark, get set, READ!” — is open to chil­dren, teens and adults. Read­ers can sign up through­out the sum­mer at any county li­brary branch or the li­brary’s web­site. The pro­gram ends Aug. 13 when par­tic­i­pants turn in read­ing logs for a chance to win prizes, which range from a shop­ping gift card for adults to a scooter or Ori­oles tick­ets for kids. In 2015, the li­brary counted more than 7,100 sum­mer read­ing par­tic­i­pants.

Al­though Wed­nes­day was the of­fi­cial start of sum­mer read­ing, each county li­brary branch will host a sum­mer read­ing kick­off party dur­ing the day this Satur­day. Each branch will have re­fresh­ments and pro­gram­ming to wel­come the sum­mer read­ing sea­son. The in­ter­ac­tive ed­u­ca­tion group Sciencetellers will visit the Per­ryville Branch Li­brary from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Elk­ton Cen­tral from 2 to 3 p.m. Both events re­quire pre-reg­is­tra­tion, but the main kick­off events do not.

In the sum­mer, the Keath­ley fam­ily vis­its the li­brary at least once a week, mom Krista Keath­ley said. On Wed­nes­day, she brought 5-year-old twins Car­rie and Melina to check­out books and movies at Elk­ton Cen­tral.

“Their grandma was a li­brar­ian,” Keath­ley said, adding fa­vorites for her chil­dren in­clude the Ele­phant and Pig­gie se­ries and any­thing by Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Seuss is also a fa­vorite of the Wat­son chil­dren. Also on Wed­nes­day, De­talia Wat­son brought her chil­dren, stu­dents at Thomp­son Es­tates El­e­men­tary, to sign up for sum­mer read­ing.

“We read ev­ery night,” Wat­son said.

She said it was the first time she signed her­self up, and be­fore didn’t know about the adult sum­mer read­ing pro­gram. Adults can get a log that will track ev­ery five books they read — au­dio­books and Gale On­line Cour­ses count too. Sim­i­lar to the chil­dren and teen’s pro­gram, adults can earn one prize en­try for ev­ery five books or cour­ses com­pleted.

And the very young can also par­tic­i­pate.

New­borns to ris­ing fifth­graders can track how much they read (or lis­ten to) in 15 minute in­cre­ments, with read­ing logs track­ing four hours to­tal.

While sign­ing up her 12-year-old daugh­ter, a stu­dent at Tri-State Chris­tian Acad­emy, Laura Stringer also got a read­ing log for her 11-month-old son. Fa­vorites of her daugh­ter, who is in the teen read­ing pro­gram and must track also 15 min­utes of read­ing but for a to­tal of six hours, in­clude the Goose­bumps and Baby-Sit­ter Club se­ries. Stringer said the fam­ily vis­its the li­brary a few times a month for books or pro­gram­ming.

“We need more pro­grams like this for kids and fam­i­lies,” Stringer said.

This sum­mer, spe­cial pro­gram­ming for teens in­cludes a teen start-up busi­ness con­test, art club, board game gath­er­ings and show­ings of sci-fi and fan­tasy movies. Events for young chil­dren, which of­ten re­quire the at­ten­dance of a care­giver, in­clude a visit from a ther­apy dog, “Lego-lympics” and arts and crafts af­ter­noons.

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

A pet waste sta­tion lo­cated near the en­trance of Foot­log Park.

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