The Barry-Lawrence Library District will kick off its 2011 summer reading program with story telling by Joy Nack and the Knick Knack puppets. Nack's puppet show features folk tales from Mexico, China and India.
Kick-off performances are scheduled to be held at local library branches on Thursday, June 2. The puppet show will be held at the Shell Knob Branch Library at 10 a.m. The Cassville Branch Library will host a performance at 1:30 p.m., and Nack will perform at the Purdy Branch Library at 3:30 p.m.
The theme for this year's summer reading program is "One World, Many Stories." Preschool through sixth grade students are invited to participate in the program by signing up at local branches.
"Branch libraries have planned a variety of entertaining and fun programs to be held during the eight weeks of the summer reading program," said Jean Berg, Barry-Lawrence Regional Library District director. "It's a great time to discover the enchantment of books and have a barrel of summer fun."
The Cassville Branch Library will offer summer reading activities each Thursday through July 21. Preschool story time programs will be offered at 10:30 a.m., and children's summer reading activities will be held at 1:30 p.m.
Preschool programs will include a visit from Ronald McDonald and a visit from the University of Missouri-Extension office. Summer reading programs for kindergarten through sixth graders will include: science with Heno Head; art activities; and the illusions of magician Marty Hahn.
All youngsters will be invited to attend a pool party at the Cassville Aquatic Center at the close of the summer reading program. The party is scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. on July 21.
The Purdy Branch Library will offer summer reading activities for children at 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday through July 27. Activities will include: snake stories, lizard lore and tortoise tales; Russian folk tales; a pet parade; and Christmas in July.
The Eagle Rock Branch Library will offer children's programs at 2 p.m. each Wednesday through July 27. No program is scheduled for July 6.
The Eagle Rock Library's kick-off program will feature the horsemanship of Peggy Painter on June 1. Other programs scheduled to be offered at the library are: animals of the world; Wonders of Wildlife; Dickerson Park Zoo; and the Discovery Center.
"Those who sign up for the summer reading program will be asked to sign a reading contract indicating how many books they intend to read during the eight-week program," said Berg. "Each child will receive a booklet to keep track of titles read and an incentive game sheet.
"The reading program is not a contest," said Berg. "It provides an opportunity to read for fun and celebrate special times at the public library."
The Cassville, Purdy and Eagle Rock libraries will all offer teen summer reading programs, and the Eagle Rock and Purdy branches will offer an adult reading program.
Teen reading program activities will be offered at the Cassville Library at 1:30 p.m. on June 14, June 28 and July 5. Participants will also be invited to the pool party on July 21.
Purdy's teen reading program will offer the following activities: snacks and a movie, 2 p.m., Friday, June 10; music by Dwayne and Barbara Smith, 10 a.m., Saturday, June 25; and digital photography with Bob Ball, 10 a.m., Saturday, July 23.
The Eagle Rock Branch Library's teen reading activities will include: flags around the world, 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 14; folktales, 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 12; and the amazing race, 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 27.
Adult summer reading programs will be held at the Purdy Branch Library at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 4 and Saturday, June 25, and 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12.
The Eagle Rock Branch Library will host a scrapbooking party for adults participating in the summer reading program at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21.
For more information on summer reading activities, visit a local library branch or the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library District's website, tlc.library.net/bll.