Valdosta Daily Times

June 8, 2014

Summertime and the reading is easy

Stuart Taylor
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Just in time for summer, the South Georgia Regional Library kicks off its Summer Reading Program.

The program, which runs from May 28 through July 18, with an end-of-summer celebration on July 26, encourages everyone from young children to teens to adults to spend time reading in the coming weeks.

“We want to keep everybody reading, but especially children and teens,” said Celia Strickland, children’s librarian. “They tend to lose what they have learned as far as their reading vocabulary throughout the year. We want to keep it up. If they don’t read, they’ll have a little bit of trouble when they start back to school.”

Registration is as simple as completing a short form, though you will need your library card number.

Then you receive a book log. Children keep track of the number of age-appropriate books they’ve read, or the number of chapters they’ve read, if reading chapter books. Once they reach 20, they complete the log and return it to the library. They pick an item from the prize box — there’s a separate one for teens and adults — and are entered into the program’s grand-prize drawing. They can also take a new log and begin again.

It works the same for teenagers and adults, but with teens needing to read six books to complete their log and adults needing to read for 25 hours to fill their log.

Throughout the summer, the library hosts events geared toward children and toward adults and teens.

Weekly Story Times are held 11 a.m. Mondays for kids 2 years old and younger; at 11 a.m.  Tuesdays, for kids between 2-5 years old; 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Family Story Time.

A weekly kids movie will be shown 10 a.m. Thursdays.

For teens and adults, there is a weekly arts and crafts program, 4 p.m. Tuesdays; and a movie, 4 p.m. Thursdays.

There are also a number of one-time events: the Little Actor’s Theatre, science experiments with Valdosta State University, visits from authors Adrian Fogeline, Warren Knight and The Times’ Dean Poling, a Valdosta-Lowndes County Crime Lab Tour, and a Japanese culture program with Ai Kataoka, among others.

“After you sign up for our summer reading program, we like to encourage people to participate,” Strickland said, “one, because it’s super fun; two, because it’s free; and three, because we’ve got lots of neat events going on for all ages.”