Libraries ready to rock summer reading

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Wise County libraries have a full slate of summer activities to not only keep kids entertained, but also maintain and grow their reading level.

“Studies have shown that keeping children engaged with literacy and other educational programs throughout the summer will significantly lower the effect of the summer slide,” said Dawn Wilbert, youth services manager at the Decatur Public Library. “We believe in the potential of every child, and the Summer Reading Club is just one way we work toward bringing quality and educational entertainment to our community.”

The Decatur library is kicking off its Summer Reading Club with a party Thursday (May 24) afternoon.

From 1 to 6 p.m., there will be a variety of activities including craft stations, special programs by Fit-N-Wise and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and registration for the upcoming summer program.

Gift bags will be given out on a first-come-first-serve basis, and at 1:15 p.m. Mayor Martin Woodruff will present certificates to children who have accomplished the goal of reading One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten.

Teens will celebrate the release of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. (Costumes are appropriate but not required.)

Readers of all ages, including teens and adults, are encouraged to sign up for Summer Reading Club. Participating children will receive one free book, as well as other prizes for accomplishing reading goals. Teens and adults will also be entered to win a variety of prizes, including free books and gift certificates.

Starting May 30, the Summer Reading Club will meet every Wednesday through July 25 with two sessions each day – one at 10:30 a.m. and one at noon. The theme this year is “Libraries Rock!,” and programs will focus on music and its impact on literacy and learning.

The schedule is as follows:

  • May 30 – Rhythm Path
  • June 6 – Critterman
  • June 13 – Lucas Miller the Singing Zoologist
  • June 20 – Hampstead Stage: Treasure Island
  • June 27 – Steve Brooks
  • July 4 – Library closed
  • July 11 – Perot Museum
  • July 18 – Mr. Willy
  • July 25 – Wrap up dance party 10:30 a.m. to noon

The library is at 1700 FM 51. Call 940-393-0920 for information.


Bridgeport Public Library’s program is Wednesdays starting June 6 and running through July 25. Programs start at 2:30 p.m.

The schedule is as follows:

  • June 6 – Science of Spin with Val Oliver at the Community Center
  • June 13 – Gregg’s Magic Show at the Community Center
  • June 20 – Wildlife on the Move: Cool, Cold-Blooded Critters at the Community Center
  • June 27 – Rockin’ Bubbles with Brett Roberts at the Community Center
  • July 5 (Thursday) – Craft Day at the library
  • July 11 – Reading Fiesta! at the Community Center
  • July 18 – Elvis Rocks! at the Arcadia Theatre
  • July 25 – Finale at the Library

Readers will receive prizes for turning in reading logs, and Bridgeport Lion’s Club will be offering free eye screening at most programs.

In addition to the special summer programs, regular story times will continue at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10:45 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Also, Dale Morris will be giving fiddle and guitar demonstrations on Fridays.

The library is at 2159 10th St., right off U.S. 380. For information, call the library at 940-683-3450.


The Chico Public Library will start its summer programs the week of June 11.

The children’s summer reading program is 11 a.m. to noon every Tuesday. A program for infants and toddlers – 1,2,3 Play With Me – is 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, and the teen program is 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday.

The library is at 106 Jacksboro St. Call 940-644-2330 for information.


The Alvord Public Library’s summer reading program kicks off June 6 and runs through Aug. 1. All programs are at 10 a.m. at Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm St.

Programs, geared toward elementary students, include:

  • June 6 – Magical Music
  • June 13 – Music Moves Us
  • June 20 – All That Jazz
  • June 27 – Drum the Beat
  • July 11 – Let’s Make Music
  • July 18 – Hoedown
  • July 25 – Balloons!
  • Aug. 1 – Picnic and prizes

After each program, the group will walk to the library, about two blocks away, for refreshments and to check out books.

For information, call 940-427-2842.


The Newark Public Library is having a Wiffle Ball Challenge throughout June, and its summer reading program in July.

The Wiffle Ball Challenge is 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday in June, starting June 9. Families are invited to attend. Games will be played at the park, but the group will first meet at the library.

Starting July 9, the summer reading program will meet noon to 2 p.m. three days a week – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday – through July 26. There will be a cookout on the last day with a bounce house water slide and other activities.

Every Wednesday the library will have a movie matinee at 2 p.m., starting in June and running until the first of August. Children may bring a blanket, pillow and snack.

For information, call 817-489-2224. The library is at 207 Hudson Street.


Details about the Rhome Public Library’s summer program were not available by press time Monday. Call 817-636-2767 for information.

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