Library summer reading program begins June 1
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.
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