Summer reading programs gear up around the county

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, June 8, 2013

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Although school is out, you don’t have to be in the classroom to enjoy a good book.

Local libraries have summer reading programs and are inviting young readers and their families to join them weekly for presentations, crafts and of course, stories.

To find out what’s planned for your community, see below.


The summer reading program will meet 10 a.m. every Wednesday starting June 12 and will run through July 3. Kindergarten through sixth graders are invited to participate in the programs, which will be held at Alvord City Hall.

The schedule includes:

  • June 12 – I Dig Dinosaurs
  • June 19 – I Dig Gardening
  • June 26 – I Dig Magic
  • July 3 – I Dig the Earth

Librarian Pam Al-Husaini said parents will be asked to sign a permission slip allowing their children to walk from City Hall to the library at the end of each program to check out books.

For more information, call the library at 940-427-2842.


Programs are every Wednesday starting June 12 and run through July 17. Activities start at 2:30, but children’s librarian Monica Stromberg asks that children arrive at 2 p.m. to allow time to turn in reading logs and check out books. Things should wrap up by 3:30.

Students who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade may attend.

Activities include:

  • June 12 – Zooniversity
  • June 19 – Judi Conger as “Annie Oakley”
  • June 26 – Surprise Speaker
  • July 3 – Cool School with Miss Maria
  • July 10 – Harlan the Magician
  • July 17 – Library Excitement

All programs are offered free of charge and are subject to change without notice.

For more information, call the library at 940-683-4412.


The Chico Public Library is having two summer reading programs, one for teens and one for elementary students.

The teen program starts Tuesday, June 11, and is every Tuesday through July 23. They’ll meet 1 to 2 p.m. Programs will include CSI; fossils, rocks and minerals; art with Debbie Malone from the Funky Firefly; and Mexican folk art.

Pre-K students through fifth graders will meet every Thursday at 11 a.m. June 13 through July 25.

The schedule is as follows:

  • June 13 – Kickoff
  • June 20 – Big trucks
  • June 27 – Willie Welch, storyteller and singer
  • July 4 – Miss Maria

Michelle Slonaker, library board president, said the remaining dates will include story times and crafts, one of which will be planned by the local Girl Scout troop.

For more information, call the library at 940-644-2330.


Programs are every Tuesday at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. beginning June 11 and running through July 30. Any child age 12 or younger is invited to participate.

The schedule includes:

  • June 11 – Critterman
  • June 18 – Juggler David Slick
  • June 25 – Dinosaur George
  • July 2 – Dino Fun
  • July 9 – Percussionist Mark Shelton
  • July 16 – Zooniversity
  • July 23 – Story Time Theater
  • July 30 – Mad Science

Abby Dozier, youth services manager, said reading logs are available for pickup Saturday. Participants can use the log to record reading by time or by number of books, depending on their age and reading ability. A parent reading to a child also counts toward the weekly goals for which prizes will be awarded.

At the end of the program they’ll have a grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire.

For more information, call the library at 940-393-0290.


Although the Rhome Public Library doesn’t have a summer reading program planned, Librarian Linda Gillespie said there will likely be special events in the months ahead.

In the meantime, children are invited to the library to watch a movie 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Saturday.

For more information, call the library at 817-636-2767.

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