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Annual library Summer Reading Program to begin June 3

By Staff | May 25, 2017

Youth Services Librarian Deanna Evans shows off some of the library’s new books. ASHLEY GOODMAN

The Sanibel Public Library is getting ready to launch their annual Summer Reading Program which encourages kids to keep reading all summer long.

The Summer Reading Program kickoff will take place Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sanibel Public Library and is targeted for kids ages 0-18. Youth Services Librarian Deanna Evans has special activities lined up for the kickoff party.

“There’ll be activities for the kids to do, snacks, we’ll have the ‘How many in a jar’ raffles and of course the signup and registration gifts,” Evans said.

One of those registration gifts are seed packets donated by Burpee and Gurney’s which ties in with the library’s “Build a Better World” theme for this year.

“Burpee sent us 196 packets and then Gurney’s gave $50 in donations towards seeds,” Evans said.

A new feature of the library’s Summer Reading Program is the addition of online reading logs.

“I found that the participation may have been greater had paper not been involved and so I’m giving individuals the opportunity to sign up online,” Evans said. “It will tell them whenever they’ve earned a prize. For every hour they read they will earn a book. They can earn up to 20 books with 20 hours of reading and five more books by doing certain activities.”

The library will continue matching books for the Golisano Children’s Hospital. Last year, the Summer Reading Program had 204 participants, garnering 609 books for the hospital, but in the end, the library gave the hospital more than that.

“We ended up donating 1,087 books (to the Golisano Children’s Hospital) because we had an extra donation,” Evans said.

This year, students who participate in the Summer Reading Program will have a myriad of books to choose from.

“We just got in a lot of young adult fiction, a whole bunch of non-fiction from first through seventh grade and we have a lot more coming in too,” Evans said. “I have carts full of a couple hundred books that are waiting to get out.”

Many of the books are related to the library’s Summer Reading Program theme: “Building a Better World.” A majority of the new books are STEM-related.

For teens, the library will host V.I.P. After-Hours from 6 to 7 p.m. beginning June 6 through July 18. The program includes book swaps, library mini golf, dominoes, games and crafts.

“Mostly, we ate and talked and laughed,” Evans said. “There will be another end of summer celebration too. We’re going to aim for July 29.”

To sign up for the Summer Reading Program go to leelibrary.beanstack.org/reader365.

Other children’s programs at the Sanibel Public Library include:

* Build a Better World Make-n-Take – Tuesday, June 6: From 3 to 4 p.m., kids will have the opportunity to listen to a story and make a craft related to the Summer Reading Program’s theme.

* Storytelling with Windell Campbell – Tuesday, June 13: Listen to Mr. Campbell from 3 to 4 p.m. as he weaves both modern and classic tales together.

* Showtime for Kids – Tuesday, June 20: This family and kid show features hilarious comedy and jaw-dropping magic from 3 to 4 p.m.

* Cartoonist Doug MacGregor – Tuesday June 27: Local cartoonist and author Doug MacGregor will teach a drawing class from 3 to 4 p.m.

* Out of My Hands Juggling and Illusion Show – Tuesday July 11: From 3 to 4 p.m., the library will host a juggling and illusions show featuring light and laser effects.

* John Storms: World of Reptiles – Tuesday July 18: John Storms will entertain and inform library attendees with reptiles both large and small from 3 to 4 p.m.