Li­brary sum­mer read­ing pro­gram be­gins June 1

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Arts & Entertainment -

STEVENSVILLE — Queen Anne’s County Li­brary’s an­nual sum­mer read­ing pro­gram be­gins on June 1 and con­tin­ues through July 31. This year’s pro­gram fea­tures ac­tiv­i­ties and in­cen­tives for ba­bies, chil­dren, teens, and adults.

Fam­i­lies with chil­dren from birth through age 10 are in­vited to Build a Bet­ter World with 2017 Sum­mer @ Your Li­brary. Each child will re­ceive a pro­gram guide with cal­en­dars for the month of June and July. When chil­dren read for 15 min­utes a day, visit the li­brary, at­tend a li­brary event, or com­plete any lit­er­acy ac­tiv­ity, they will color a bub­ble on their cal­en­dars.

Cal­en­dars can be re­turned at the end of July in ex­change for a new, free book to keep.

The first chil­dren to reg­is­ter will re­ceive a Build a Bet­ter World t-shirt fea­tur­ing Sneaks the Li­brary Cat, while sup­plies last. The shirts are pro­vided by the Friends of Queen Anne’s County Li­brary, a non-profit group ded­i­cated to sup­port­ing the goals and pro­grams of the li­brary.

Preschool events in­clude story times, Mother Goose on the Loose, Bounc­ing Ba­bies, para­chute play, fin­ger paint­ing, and a stuffed an­i­mal sleep­over.

School-age events in­clude bas­ket­ball tricks with pro­fes­sional player Spinny John­son, hands-on sci­ence ex­per­i­ments with Sciencetellers, LEGO® chal­lenges, an ob­sta­cle course, Read to Rover, gar­den­ing, Fancy Nancy tea party, Pete the Cat party, sun safety, ozobots, and sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties to build bird­houses, sand­cas­tles, domes, and more.

Fam­ily events in­clude a visit from Rep­tile World, jug­gling with Chris Fas­cione, a fam­ily movie, crafts, hikes, sum­mer snack club, and Poke­mon trad­ing card game club.

One young reader will win a fam­ily pack of tick­ets to an Au­gust Ori­oles game and a trip onto the field for a pre-game cer­e­mony. One reader per branch will win 4 tick­ets to the Mary­land Sci­ence Cen­ter. Sev­eral chil­dren coun­ty­wide will win LEGO kits, sci­ence kits, and other ed­u­ca­tional toys and art sup­plies bi-weekly draw­ings. Chil­dren may sub­mit en­try forms each time they visit the li­brary dur­ing sum­mer read­ing.

Ris­ing 6th-12th graders are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in 2017 Sum­mer @ Your Li­brary which fea­tures Dun­geons & Dragons, Teen Hang­out with pizza, teen writ­ers, drone ob­sta­cle course, and jew­elry mak­ing. Teens can en­ter to win $25 gift cards to Ama­zon or the grand prize Beats head­phones or Blue­tooth wa­ter­proof speak­ers each time they com­plete two books. A pro­gram guide and prize en­try forms are in­cluded with reg­is­tra­tion. All par­tic­i­pat­ing teens may choose a new, free book at the end of July.

This year both branches are of­fer­ing a read­ing chal­lenge for adults along with spe­cial events in­clud­ing book dis­cus­sions, cook­ing demon­stra­tions, crafts, trivia, movies and DIY wood­crafts.

Event cal­en­dars for all ages can be viewed on­line at www. qa­cli­brary.org. Some events re­quire ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion, which opens on June 1 at cal­en­dar.qa­cli­brary.org. All li­brary pro­grams are free of charge.

In 2016, more than 1500 chil­dren and teens par­tic­i­pated in the li­brary’s sum­mer read­ing clubs.

This sum­mer’s chil­dren’s events are spon­sored by the Friends of Queen Anne’s County Li­brary and by 721 on Main, a multi-pur­pose prop­erty that of­fers ex­ec­u­tive leas­ing, apart­ment rentals, and stor­age space rental. Ad­di­tional sup­port comes from the Mary­land State Li­brary Agency, the Mary­land State Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, the In­sti­tute of Mu­seum and Li­brary Ser­vices, the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles, and the Mary­land Sci­ence Cen­ter.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the Centreville Branch, 121 S. Com­merce St. and the Kent Is­land Branch Li­brary, 200 Li­brary Cir­cle, Stevensville. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at the li­brary’s web­site (www.qa­cli­brary.org) or by call­ing 410-758-0980 or 410643-8161.

Macy is about 3-years-old. This sweet girl had kit­tens in the spring of 2016. She does well with other cats, dogs and does well with chil­dren. Macy has been spayed, tested (FeLV/FIV — neg­a­tive), is is up to date on all her shots and is mi­crochipped. To meet Macy, call Ch­e­sa­peake Cats And Dogs at 410-6439955 for an ap­point­ment.

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