Annual summer reading program kicks off in June

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The 2015 Webster Parish Library summer reading program is right around the corner.

The program kicks off at 10 a.m., June 1, at the main branch in Minden with hotdogs, bounce house, and “Super Hero Training Academy.”

This year’s theme for children is “Every Hero has a Story,” for teens “Unmasked” and for adult participants “Escape the Ordinary.”
The goal of the program is to encourage children to read throughout the summer. The library accomplishes this by providing prize incentives for reading milestones, interactive activities, special guest readers, art projects and more.

“Children who read during the summer go back to school with a better reading level than when they left for the summer,” Jennifer Heard, children’s coordinator, said. “It is never a bad thing to encourage reading.”

“Art Attack,” a one-hour art lesson involving everything from oil pastels to water colors, takes place at 10 a.m. Mondays for children ages 7 through 9, and on Fridays for ages 10 through 12. Children are encouraged to wear old clothing. “Story Time” for ages 3 and older at 10 a.m. every Wednesday, excluding June 17, when a viewing of an animated super hero movie will take place.

On June 24, Louisiana author Lynda Deniger will act as special guest reader for ages 3 and up. All ages are invited July 15 to see magician and ventriloquist David Gish perform.

The program is open to all age groups and free of charge. Adult events include a book club, various crafting classes and a genealogy class.

For more information, contact Jennifer Heard at 318-371-3080 ext. 116.

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