The Barry-Lawrence Regional Library, including the Cassville Branch Library, is hosting its annual summer reading program beginning June 7. The theme for this year's program is "Dream Big -- Read."
Area residents interested in registering early for this summer's program can do so beginning on the Cassville R-4 School District's last day of school, which is May 17. When registered, participants will receive a list of summer activities and a list prizes available to readers who complete the summer program.
The summer reading program kicks off with a magic show preformed by D.J. Edwards at the Cassville Branch Library at 1:30 p.m. on June 7.
Each program participant will be able to set his or her own reading goals for the summer. Goals can be set by number of books read or number of pages, and the participant will be responsible for recording their progress throughout the summer months.
Comic books and audio books are acceptable means of reading and can be logged toward the reading goal. In addition, the participant may have someone read books to them in order to reach their reading goal.
All ages can participate in this summer's program. Sessions will be offered for preschool children, kids in kindergarten through fifth grades, teens and adults. The sessions offered for elementary school children and teens will meet on Tuesdays, and the adult session will be held on Thursday evenings.
The summer reading program will offer a variety of program activities, including a visit from the Dickerson Park Zoo. Representatives of the zoo will offer information on nocturnal animals, tying in with this year's theme "Dream Big -- Read." A KOLR 10 meteorologist is also scheduled to visit the library to offer information on nighttime weather.
All 10 of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library branches will participate in this year's summer reading program, and registered participants may attend the many activities hosted by any of the branches.
The Cassville Branch Library's summer reading program comes to a close on July 19 with a pool party that will be held at the Cassville Aquatic Center from 7 to 9 p.m. A movie will be shown, and a prize hand-out program will be held at the Cassville Library the following Thursday.
"I think mostly what we have in mind is for children to maintain their reading skills," said Verna Fry, Cassville Library children's coordinator. "We also want participants to have fun and learn."
Business owners interested in supporting this year's summer reading program should call the Cassville Library at 847-2121.
To get involved with this year's summer reading program, visit the Cassville Branch Library, which is located at 301 W. 17th St. in Cassville.