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Summer Reading Programs are scheduled throughout the summer at libraries in Harlan, Evarts and Cumberland.
Summer Reading Programs are scheduled throughout the summer at libraries in Harlan, Evarts and Cumberland.
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Is your child sad that the school year has come to a close? Or does your child need a few weeks off? Maybe your child is behind in reading and you want to find a way to help him or her catch up and get excited about reading.


You might be thinking, I’m a parent and I have no interest in becoming a reading teacher. That’s a teacher’s job.


Or you might be thinking, I can barely read myself, always hated it, don’t read, and don’t care.


Or I read, but I read Spanish or another language other than English.


Know that your child’s success is directly tied to his/her reading ability. During the summer months, children can lose some of what they’ve learned during the school year if they don’t continue to read. With the harsh winter we’ve had, resulting in so many days of school closings, it’s especially important that you do all that you can to promote summer reading.


Laura Adkisson, youth services librarian for Harlan County libraries, says, “Besides keeping your children safe and healthy, reading is the most important thing you can do for them. Readers don’t just happen: parents have to value reading and model that behavior in the home.”


So head to your public library, go to Amazon and buy some books that interest your child, and sign your child up for a summer reading program.


Summer reading programs offered in Bell and Harlan counties are so full of the magical world of science that I want to attend these sessions myself. Some titles are “Living with Bears,” “Animal Tales,” Forensics,” “Color and Camouflage,” “Up, Up & Away,” “Stuntology,” “Hooked on Science,” “It’s Shocking” and an all-time favorite at camps, crafts. And when they bring in the live snakes, iguanas, and lizards at the end of the programs, I’d keep a safe distance although your child might want to pet these creatures.


Library summer reading program schedules include:


HARLAN PUBLIC LIBRARY


Tuesdays, June 3-July 17, at 1 p.m. (preschool children): June 3 — Reading is Magnetic; June 10 — All the Water in the World; June 17 — Ooey Gooey Books; June 24 — Grow Your Mind; July 8 — What’s Bugging You; July 17 — Summer Reading Program finale (1 p.m. at the Harlan Center).


Tuesdays, June 3-July 17, at 3:30 p.m. (school-age children): June 3 — Building Strong Readers; June 10 — Reading is Electrifying; June 17 — Ooey Gooey Books; June 24 — On the Case; July 8 — The Incredible Edible Egg; July 17 — Summer Reading Program finale (1 p.m. at the Harlan Center).


Registration is preferred, but drop-ins may attend — free of charge. For more information, call 606-573-5220.


REBECCA CAUDILL LIBRARY


Tuesdays, June 3-July 17, at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (preschool children): June 3 — Reading is Magnetic; June 10 — All the Water in the World; June 17 — Ooey Gooey Books; June 24 — Grow Your Mind; July 8 — What’s Bugging You; July 17 — Summer Reading Program finale (1 p.m. at the Harlan Center).


Tuesdays, June 3-July 17, at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (school-age children): June 3 — Building Strong Readers; June 10 — Reading is Electrifying; June 17 — Ooey Gooey Books; June 24 — On the Case; July 8 — The Incredible Edible Egg; July 17 — Summer Reading Program finale (1 p.m. at the Harlan Center).


Registration is preferred, but drop-ins may attend — free of charge. For more information, call 606-573-5220.


EVARTS PUBLIC LIBRARY


Thursdays, June 5-July 17, at 4:30 p.m. (all ages): June 5 — Goop Makers; June 12 — Magnetic Friends; June 19 — Forensic Science (KSP will bring a crime scene vehicle, finger printing techniques and other forensic strategies); June 26 — Weather Science (WYMT will present); July 3 — Celebrate Independence Day; July 10 — Germ Science (HARH) and Harlan County Extension will present); July 17 — Reptile Scales and Tales at 3:30 p.m. (live, iguanas, snakes and lizards). Bring reading logs to get prize bags on final day.


Registration is preferred, but drop-ins may attend — free of charge. For more information, call 606-837-9703.


There’s nothing left to say. Just clip the schedules and put it on your refrigerator as a reminder of when, what and where.


PMSS


Reading Camp at Pine Mountain Settlement School will be held July 13-19 for students entering third- through fifth-grade this fall (who are at least one grade level behind in reading. Children will stay overnight in cabins for the duration of the camp beginning with dinner on July 13 and ending with breakfast on July 19. There are morning and afternoon programs. Registration is required; free of charge. Transportation to and from the PMSS will be provided. Children should bring five outfits of clothing, pajamas, and a swimsuit (If this presents a hardship to the family, these items with be provided with two weeks advanced notification to Michelle Sjogren). Apply at msjogren @readingcamprocks.org. For more information, contact Sjogren at 859-252-6527, ext. 110.


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