Summer reading groups for all ages at library


First Posted: 6/9/2014

In addition to the regular summer reading program at the Back Mountain Memorial Library, several reading and book discussion groups are offered. The groups include children from 12 months through teens completing high school and will offer a variety of books including those on the summer reading theme, “Fizz, Boom, Read!”

“Story Hours” are for children 1 and 1 years of age and those from 3 to5 years of age. Children enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and a special themed craft each week. Story hours begin the week of June 22 and end the week of Aug. 3. Call 675-1182 to register.

“Early Readers Story Hour” with Donna Schuler, a semi-retired school teacher, is for children who have just completed kindergarten and first grade. Children will break into small groups and take turns reading aloud (short books of 100 words or less). They will then join back together to listen to a story, sing songs and make a craft. Children do not need to purchase any books for this program. Sessions are from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Mondays starting June 23 and ending on Aug. 4. Register by calling the library at 675-1182.

“Junior Adventurers!” will be held with Maria Sorokin for children who have just completed second grade through fifth grade. The adventurers will study yeast and microbes at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 16. They will learn about “Women in Science” at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 23. The group will hear a story, make a craft or do an experiment and have a snack. Children do not have to borrow or purchase any books for this program. Register for one or both sessions by calling the library.

“Donuts & Discussion” will be conducted by Janet Bauman, Children’s Librarian, and Margaret Susko, library staff person and teacher. Tweens 9 through 12 years of age are invited to come to one or all of the book discussion sessions. The tweens enjoy refreshments and donuts, make new friends and learn the art of book discussion. There will be four sessions over the summer on Monday evening from 6 to 7p.m. These books have been selected for discussion: “The Wright 3” by Blue Balliett (June 23), “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle (July 7), “When You Reach Me” by Rebecca Stead (July 21) and “Carry On, Mr. Bowditch” by Jean Lee Latham (Aug.4). Tweens are asked to borrow or buy books for this program. Register anytime.

The “Young Adult Book Discussion Group” is exploring the supernatural this summer and is moderated by Kristen Stout, an English teacher with the Dallas School District. Teens, 13 years of age and older, are invited to take part in one or all of these book discussion sessions from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays. Teens will discuss themes, plot, characters and style of four YA novels. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Participants are asked to borrow or purchase the specific books for this program. Register anytime by calling the library.

“Relax & Read” is a reading and reviewing program for teens who would rather read and write than meet and discuss. Teens write short reviews of any books they choose to read over the summer. The reviews are posted in the YA section for other teens to read for book recommendations. Teens may begin reading and reviewing beginning June 12. Forms are available in the YA and Children’s sections. Each time a review is completed, teens are entered to win a gift certificate to be awarded at the conclusion of the summer reading program. The more books that teens read and review, the more chances they have to win the gift certificate.

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