Area libraries keep kids reading throughout summer with science-themed programs

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Once school is out in June, many kids head outdoors or retreat to the comfort of air-conditioned basements. Amidst all this relaxing, a lot of local children may not think to pick up a book until September.

To keep kids engaged, several area libraries have planned summer reading programs, which utilize this year’s state-wide, science-based theme “Fizz, Boom, Read.”

Below is a list of local summer reading programs.

Chase Public Library

8400 E. North St.

(231) 832-9511

Summer reading participants and their parents have an opportunity to attend a fun program at the library from 10 a.m. to noon each Wednesday. The events will focus on science, incorporating topics such as food, physics, weather and chemistry, and each will offer a snack, game, storytime and craft.

Evart Public Library

104 N. Main St.

(231) 734-5542

This year’s program is in keeping with the state-wide theme, “Fizz, Boom, Read.” The five-week long program, which began on Monday, June 16, will award weekly prizes to kids who complete the age-appropriate allotted reading time.

Prizes will include treats like ice cream from McDonald’s, Pizza Hut coupons, fountain drinks from Sunoco Gas Station and various Scholastic books the library purchased to be given away as rewards.

The program will conclude with a performance by TubaBach. The group will perform at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16, at the Evart City Hall.

LeRoy Community Library

104 W. Gilbert St.

(231) 768-4493

Storytime and a craft will take place at 2 p.m. every Tuesday through July 29. Participants will receive a prize for every five books read.

Reed City Area District Library

410 W. Upton Ave.

(231) 832-2131

Kick-off event: From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, at Rambadt Park in Reed City. The event will feature snacks, games and camel rides, which are sponsored by General Mills and the Walmart Foundation, and are made possible through Whispering Pines Mobile Zoo. Kids are invited to register for the program at this event or at the library.

Two hour-long programs; the first takes place at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays in the library and is geared toward preschoolers to first graders. The second takes place at 1 p.m. and is designed for second to sixth graders. The program runs for seven weeks.