Area summer reading programs

By Kristen Tribe | Published Thursday, May 26, 2011

Share this page...

The last school bell is about to ring, and public libraries in Wise County are gearing up for their summer reading programs.

Kristen Tribe

Several have planned a fun schedule of entertainers and activities that will inspire your kids to pick up a good book.

Each library’s schedule is listed below, and they welcome children from across the county.


The summer reading program at Alvord Public Library begins June 1, and the theme is “Dig Up a Good Book!”

The program is 10 to 11 a.m. every Wednesday in June and is for kids ages 3 to 12.

The schedule is as follows:

  • June 1 – Sign-up and kickoff event
  • June 8 – Fourteen14, a youth band
  • June 15 – The Amazing Mr. K, a magician
  • June 22 – Picnic and train ride

The library is at 117 N. Wickham St. Call (940) 427-2842 for more information.


The Bridgeport Public Library’s summer reading program is on Wednesdays June 15 through July 20. There will be two sessions, one at 1 p.m. and one at 3:30 p.m.

Librarian Pat Stegall said the program is aimed at kids in kindergarten through fourth grade, and each week’s activities will include special guests, crafts and prizes for reading.

“The object is to keep them reading when they’re not in school,” Stegall said. “When they’re out of school for almost three months, if they don’t read, they begin to lose those skills.

“Like any skill, you don’t use it, you lose it,” she said.

The library is at 2159 10th St. Call (940) 683-3450 for more information.


The theme for the Chico Public Library summer program is also “Dig Up a Good Book!” and library director Michelle Slonaker said all the entertainers will incorporate the theme into their act.

Although the program is open to all kids, it is primarily aimed at elementary-age children.

The program is at 11 a.m. on Thursdays beginning June 2.

The schedule is as follows:

  • June 2 – Introduction
  • June 9 – Creature Teacher
  • June 16 – Tharpo the pirate
  • June 23 – TBA
  • June 30 – The Bubble Lady
  • July 7 – Cool School with Miss Maria
  • July 14 – Outdoor fun day

The library is at 109 W. Jacksboro St. Call (940) 644-2330 for more information.


The summer reading club at Decatur Public Library will be on Tuesdays, and the theme is “Dig Up a Good Book.” Every week library staff will host two sessions, one at 11 a.m. and another at 12:30 p.m.

The schedule is as follows:

  • June 14 – Mad Science
  • June 21 – Critterman presented by Devon Energy
  • June 28 – Juggler
  • July 5 – Story time
  • July 12 – Margaret Clauden Variety Show
  • July 19 – Magic with Brett Roberts
  • July 26 – Zooniversity
  • August 2 – Music with Andy Mason

Librarian Cecilia Barham said they are also hosting the fifth annual online teen summer reading club.

Kids in fifth grade or older can enter to win a Barnes and Noble Nook reader just by reading a book and reviewing it in the library’s online form.

To enter, go to

The library is at 1700 S. Farm Road 51. Call (940) 627-5512 for more information.


The Newark Public Library’s summer program is on Tuesdays, June 14 through July 26, at 3:30 p.m.

Janine Castillo, a child advocate with Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center, will lead the programs and plans to share books that promote good values and morals. There will also be an emphasis on not bullying.

The program will include craft projects and other fun activities.

Library director Megan Suffling said the library is again participating in Reading with Ringling Brothers. Children earn a ticket to the circus based on the number of hours or books read. A clown will visit the library at 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 1.

The library was to move to its new location, 207 Hudson, this month. Call (817) 489-2224 for more information about summer activities.

Leave a Reply. Note: As of March 24, 2011, all posted comments will include the users full name. News and Blog Comment Guidelines

You must be logged in to post a comment.




Recover password | Create an Account