Although Columbia County students have turned in their textbooks, they can continue to check books out from the county’s libraries.
This year’s summer reading program is under way and is open to children through fifth grade. Participants must read 30 books or read for 15 hours. Entries must be recorded on a log, available now at each library branch. The program ends July 19. Participants will receive a prize bag with coupons upon completion, while supplies last.
Each branch is offering special events as part of the Dig Into Reading program.
At the Euchee Creek Library, children can build a mini compost bin at 10:30 a.m. June 6 or learn to build a greenhouse at 12:30 p.m. June 12. In keeping with the earthy theme, even story time will take on a special meaning. A local farmer will bring kid-friendly animals to the library at 10:30 a.m. June 17 and at 4:30 p.m. June 18.
Euchee Creek Librarian Sandra Bowers says children can also attend movie night once a month.
Two highlights of the Evans Library events include observing a worm farm at 4 p.m. June 6 and a reptile show at 2 p.m. June 19. These events will also be offered at the Harlem Branch at different times during the summer.
“We do try to have the same programs at different times in case patrons are on vacation,” said Natalie Pulley, Children’s Department manager of the Evans Branch.
Some events require registration.
Pulley hopes that families will come in for the fun and encourages children to keep reading over the summer.
“When they read over the summer, they don’t lose what they’ve gained during the school year. And children who read over the summer are more successful in school,” she said.