Summer reading programs kick off next week

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, June 7, 2014
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Students may have put their school books away, but local libraries promise plenty of literary fun through their summer reading programs.

Alvord, Bridgeport, Chico and Decatur public libraries have programs that begin next week. They’re jam-packed with exciting entertainers, creative crafts and reading rewards.


Alvord Public Library’s summer reading program starts next week and is 10 to 11 a.m. every Wednesday June 11 through July 2.

Programs are aimed at students in kindergarten through sixth grade and will include:

  • June 11 – Magician
  • June 18 – Sea shells
  • June 25 – Rocks and minerals
  • July 2 – Picnic

All programs will be held at Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm, and with parents’ permission children will walk with staff to the library to check out books.

Rewards will be given for those who document what they read this summer.

For information, call 940-427-2842.


Bridgeport Public Library’s Summer Reading Club is 2:30 p.m. every Wednesday June 11 through July 30.

Director of library services Cindy B. Macon said the summer will be full of excitement and prizes with programs aimed at school-aged children.

The schedule is as follows:

  • June 11 – Cool School with Ms. Maria
  • June 18 – Storyteller Shelly Tucker of Denton (at community center)
  • June 25 – Musical storyteller and author Willy Welch of Dallas
  • July 2 – It’s a surprise!
  • July 9 – Snake Encounters with Daryl Sprout (at community center)
  • July 16 – Ms. Polly’s Music
  • July 23 – Secret Agent Magic with James Wand (at community center)
  • July 30 – Grand finale celebration

With the exception of those listed as being held at the community center (1102 Lawdwin Ave.), all other programs will be at the library (2159 10th St.).

Macon said this year, readers will keep track of minutes read to win prizes, and she hopes as a group they can read 1,000 hours this summer.

For information, call 940-683-4412.


Chico Public Library is offering a myriad of programs for all ages this summer.

The children’s summer reading program, Fizz, Boom, Read!, is 11 a.m. to noon every Thursday June 12 through July 17.

Programs will include:

  • June 12 – Be a Mad Scientist!
  • June 19 – Lava Launch (will run 30 minutes longer)
  • June 26 – Sense-ational!
  • July 3 – James Wand Magic Show
  • July 10 – Grossology!
  • July 17 – Gametastic

The teen summer reading program, Spark a Reaction, is 1 to 2 p.m. every Tuesday June 10 through July 15, and the schedule is as follows:

  • June 10 – Spark a Reaction: ZAP!
  • June 17 – Magic Class with James Wand (2 to 3 p.m.)
  • June 24 – Geologically Speaking!
  • July 1 – CSI: Evidence Collection
  • July 8 – Brush Bots
  • July 15 – Gametastic

Library Director Michelle Slonaker has also planned a book club for adults – Literary Elements, which will be held 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays June 9 through July 14.

Slonaker said the group will focus on reading books that have been turned into movies and discuss the differences in the stories in both mediums. Book club members will also learn about eBooks and databases available through the library.

Meetings will include light refreshments, and members will be given the opportunity to provide input about future library programming.

For information, call the library at 940-644-2330. Chico Public Library is at 106 W. Jacksboro St.


The Decatur Public Library will kick off its summer reading program with a carnival-style celebration 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 7.

Activities will include a craft with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Wise County and face painting. Jack, from Tales with Jack, a program in which students read books to a dog, will also be present, as well as Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins with a special police vehicle.

The carnival marks the start of the library’s summer reading program: Fizz, Boom, Read!, which is every Tuesday June 10 through July 29. Each day there will be two programs – 10:30 a.m. and noon.

The schedule, with programs aimed at pre-school and elementary students, is as follows:

  • June 10 – Dinosaur George
  • June 17 – James Wand, Spy Magic
  • June 24 – Critterman
  • July 1 – Whirled on a String yo-yo demonstration
  • July 8 – Zooniversity
  • July 15 – StoryTime Theater: “The Tortoise and the Hare”
  • July 22 – Dan Gibson, music and storytelling
  • July 29 – Mad Science

Special science programs for teens will be held at 4 p.m. every Friday June 13 through Aug. 1.

Youth Services Manager Kristin Nevin said readers of all ages can keep reading logs this summer to earn prizes.

Young readers can earn weekly awards by reading or being read to for 20 minutes, five days a week.

Teens and adults can also document the books they read this summer, and for every three books read, their name will be put in a drawing for a big prize to be given away at the end of the summer.

For information, call the library at 940-393-0290 or visit

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