If you love to read it may be that anytime is reading time for you, or you may be like many people and be so busy during the regular year that a book is a luxury. But during the summer, it's good to step back and take a little more time for things we love, whatever our age. At Abilene Public Library, we like to help with your reading and summer fun - and we do it for all ages, beginning today!
Summer Reading Club begins today and extends through July 30, with reading clubs and programs for children, teens, and adults. The children's club has a dinosaur theme: Read-A-Saurus. Your children from birth up through Grade 5 can pick up weekly prizes and attend programs each week. We're continuing with our regular programs such as Lego My Library and Science Club, but we'll also have special programs such as School Age Programs, Paleontology School, and Young Audiences.
Young Audiences, for ages 7+, are lively programs designed to be interactive and fun - and sometimes the kids even learn something important! These programs are made possible by the Greathouse Foundation, HeARTS for the ARTS, Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Friends of the Abilene Public Library.
Teen Reading Club also has a Dinosaur theme: Books Bite Back. Designed for those in Grades 6-12, participants also get weekly prizes. In addition, for every 6 books read they get one entry into a Grand Prize drawing at the end o the club. Again, regular teen programs will continue, but special programming for the summer including Twisted Tales Book Club, Teen Scene, and Teen Scene After Hours.
Our Adult Book Club has an exercise theme this year: Exercise Your Mind - Read! Read a book or attend an adult program for one raffle ticket. Fill out the ticket and enter it in one of our prize drawings throughout the summer at any library location. All raffle tickets leftover from the previous prize drawings will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing. The first 200 people at each library location to register for the Adult Summer Reading Club will receive a tote bag.
Special programs for adults this summer include one on Disc Golf, Zumba, and various low impact exercise classes in partnership with the YMCA of Abilene. A special Monday Morning Movie program each week during the summer will feature movies made from books, including some classic favorites.
So as you can see, your library has something for everyone this summer, and we hope you and your family will participate. For more information on any of our Summer Reading Clubs, go to www.abilenetx.com/apl/SRC or give us a call at 325-676-6025.
Article Contributed by Janis C. Test, Information Services Manager at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library