Summer reading at Elizabethtown Public Library promises to be out of this world this year as readers travel through a universe of stories.
With July 20 being the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, many activities for summer reading at the library will focus on space and science, as well as other traditional events the community has come to love.
“Summer is always an important time for kids to explore the vast universe of stories and books because they have more free time since they aren’t in school,” said Aimee Nelson, who oversees the library’s summer reading program. “Research shows that kids who read during summer break strengthen their skills and start the next school year in the fall with more confidence. And we have excellent activities at the library that make reading and learning fun.”
Participants can sign up for summer readingprograms starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at the library. As in the past, kids can pickup a reading log on the second floor in Youth Services. They will use the log to track the books and summer activitiesthey’ve enjoyed. Depending on their ages, youths can earn prizes that include gift cards for McDonald’s, passes to Strasburg Railroad, buy-one-get-one coupons for a variety of Lancaster County businesses, and more. Readers ages 5 to 9 who read an extra 5 hours over the summer earn a pass to Dutch Wonderland.
In addition, the library has a plethora of activities throughout the summer, including the always-popular Touch-a-Truck (from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday except July 2). Here are a few other highlights of activities for the summer: Go STEAM: Playful programming with Cubetto, 6 to 7:10 p.m., Monday, June 10 – For ages 5 to 9. Learn basic computer programming as Cubetto the robot explores a city, outer space and the ocean. Phredd-Ukelele One Man Band, 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, in the Lower Level – For the whole family. Enjoy a local singer-songwriter as he sings original tunes about pirates, electric bicycles, monkeys and more. Lancaster County Parks presents Lunar Lunacy, 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, in the Lower Level. For tweens and teens. Explore the lunar phases and connect ancient cultures with the full moon and the natural world.
Other activities are planned throughout the summer. Even adults can get in on the action and earn prizes for reading; just ask at the circulation desk. Registration is required for many events; visit the calendar on the Library’s website www.etownpubliclibrary.org to find and register for events beginning Saturday, June 1. The Library’s Facebook page will also feature announcements about events and activities.