Library readies to launch summer reading programs

Published 9:55 am Thursday, May 15, 2014


Tyler and Taylor Sams work earlier this week on a computer at the Demopolis Public Library.

With the school year coming to an end and family vacations starting soon, kids and adults alike are ready to lie back for summer. Why not spend your break relaxing with a few good books?

The Demopolis Public Library invites children, teens and adults to participate in their summer reading programs, which start in June.

Registration for the children’s program, which is themed “Fizz Boom Read,” and the young adult program, called “Sparks a Recreation,” will take place Wednesday, May 28, starting at 9 a.m. at the library. Registration for the adult reading program, “Literary Elements,” will take place Monday, June 2.

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Children’s librarian Kelley Tarpley has several events planned for June. One special day will be Thursday, June 26 when the Alabama Symphony Orchestra will visit the library, teaching children about instruments and how they produce sound.

Adults need not feel left out. Assistant director Anner Gray will lead Literary Elements, during which readers will test their problem solving skills as they uncover mysteries of the library.

Each summer reading participant will fill out an information card and receive a reading log to keep up with their books. Readers of all ages will have the chance to win a Kindle Paper White, an Amazon Gift Card and various other prizes.

Summer reading promotes healthy learning patterns, can improve test scores and provides entertainment for all ages, according to library director Morgan Allen.

“It’s a great escape for children, teens and adults,’ Allen said.

Reading during the summer helps to prevent the “summer slide” by encouraging children to continue learning, Allen said.

The Demopolis Public Library would also like to thank everyone who has worked to make their summer reading programs possible, specifically Amanda Barnes with the Demopolis City Schools Foundation and Diane Brooker with Alabama Power.

For more information, contact the library at (334) 289-1595.