The Northumberland Public Library’s Summer Reading Program kicks off June 15 with the first of seven Special Reading Events held at the Northumberland Family YMCA in Heathsville each Monday. They will run from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. except for the final special event on July 27. That last event is the “Be a Water Hero” Picnic and Free Swim from 11:00 through the afternoon.
According to Jan Bates, the library’s Coordinator of Children’s Programs, the theme for summer reading is “Every Hero Has a Story.” Thus, most summer programs will revolve around that theme. These events are free to the public and children must be accompanied by an adult.
Bates said there will be raffle prize drawings at every event for T-shirts, books, toys and more. Here are the NPL Summer Reading Special Events that run at the YMCA from June 15 to July 27:
**June 15 – “Rhythm, Rhyme and Hero Time” – Summer Reading Program kickoff by C Shells.
June 22 – “Every Animal Has a Hero” presented by the Wildbunch Animal Refuge.
June 29 – “Fire and Ice” presented by the Mad Scientist.
**July 6 – “Once Upon a Time” presented by the Bright Star Theater.
**July 13 – “Hero Helpers” by Fischer Sundae Puppets.
**July 20 – “Super Heroes” action comics, an art lesson by David Aiken.
July 27– “Be a Water Hero” Picnic and Free Swim from 11:30 through the afternoon. Water safety lessons by a certified instructor. Participants should bring their own swimsuits, towels and sunscreen and, like all other events, must be accompanied by an adult.
Note: Events preceeded by asterisks ** are sponsored by Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts.
Other NPL Summer Reading Program events are being held at the library and include Read to the Dogs on Tuesdays in July from 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Story Hours most Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. and a Petting Zoo on July 9 from 10 a.m.-noon.
There will be a “Do Si Do” Bookmaking class for ages 11 and up on June 23, 24 and 25 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. All materials will be provided. No fee, but registration is required. Call (804) 580-5051 to sign up. There also will be a Readers’ Theater Workshop August 3, 4 and 5 from 9 a.m.-noon; call (804) 580-5051 to register (registration required).
Finally, NPL is holding a Space Camp on August 12, 13 and 14 from 1-3 p.m. for ages 8-12. Space is limited to 20 participants, so call (804) 580-5051 to register.
Two significant grants are helping to fund the NPL Summer Reading Program. A $1000 Dollar General Grant is for a teen intern program and a $1170 grant from the Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts will pay several Special Summer Reading Events performers for events held on Mondays at the YMCA. “We are very grateful,” Bates said.
Questions? Call the library at (804) 580-5051 for more information. The NPL Summer Reading Calendar may be found in its entirety at www.nplva.org.