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Summer reading programs get under way at the library

The Demopolis Public Library will host its annual Summer Reading Program throughout the month of June.

The program will be divided into three groups: children, teens and adults.

“The theme for the children’s program is ‘Make a Splash at Your Library,’ for the teens, it’s ‘Make Waves at Your Library,’ and for the adults, it’s ‘Water Your Mind,’” said library director Morgan Grimes. “It’s all centered around the water, and it’s centered around the statewide program.

“For the teens, we’re just doing one big night for them, on June 24, at the library. We’ll have some different activities here for them, but we are encouraging them to read throughout the summer.”

Each Tuesday during the month of June, the library will host authors from out of town. On Tuesdays at 10 a.m., the library will have a Story Time for 2-year-olds to pre-kindergarten children. Each Thursday at 10 a.m., the library will host Story Time for first- through sixth-graders.

“When the adults come in, we’ll give them a pack that will have all the information they will need to take part in the program,” Grimes said. “We’ll have programs for them throughout the month of July. They can start registering on Tuesday, June 1.”

Grimes said that the library is working with the Marengo Theater to show a special movie on July 29.

“We’re going to try to get Disney’s ‘Oceans’ to go along with the theme,” she said. “In the past, we’ve done ‘Movies under the Stars,’ but that isn’t feasible this year.”

Library assistant Anner Gray is heading up the adult summer reading program.

“We are requiring adults to read five books to be eligible for prizes,” she said. “The actual program starts in July. We’ll have the author of ‘Watermelon Wine’ who will do a ‘Lunch at the Library.’

“For the first week, we’ll have ‘Read a Movie.’ We’re going to put the books and the movies on the tables, and they can check out the books and the movies. We’ll have a flier that will list the movies that we have at the library.”

Former library employee Carol Glass will come to the library and present “Carol’s Flower Garden,” showing how to do potting and other gardening ideas.

“For the last week, we’ll just have a gathering called ‘Yack and Snack,’ where we’ll sit around and eat and play games and talk about the books we’ve read,” Gray said. “We want to do something fun for the adults. Why should the children have all the fun?”

For more information about the Summer Reading Programs, call the library at 289-1595 or visit the Web site www.demopolislibrary.info.