Library programs offer a cool alternative in summer
by Mark Andrews
May 26, 2013 | 894 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bartow County Library System is kicking off its summer reading programs this month. For the younger patrons, Thursday, May 30, will feature a magic show with Arthur Atsma of Atlanta, during which parents, their teens and their children can enjoy an entertaining show while also checking out what the library has to offer.

“We actually had [Atsma] here a few years ago and its a really amazing and fun show to watch,” Youth Coordinator Thomas Shalin said. “There will be a lot of opportunities for kids to come up and be a part of the show with him. It will be a fun morning and a fun day because he will be doing shows at all of the branches.”

The first performance will be at the Cartersville branch at 10 a.m., the second at the Adairsville branch at 1 p.m. and the final performance at the Euharlee branch at 4 p.m.

The children’s summer reading program is titled “Dig Into Reading!” and is open to children ages 11 and younger. It will feature throughout the summer story programs, special performances, movie screenings and prizes, including tickets to Six Flags, the Tennessee Aquarium, Stone Mountain Park and the Center for Puppetry Arts.

“The state has actually done a partnership with the Center for Puppetry arts ... so you can actually check out a pass that gives a free museum ticket and a discount for one of the shows,” Shalin said. He said the library will have available copies of popular books, ranging from The Hunger Games series for teens participating in the “Beneath the Surface” program, to children who enjoy the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Upcoming activities will take on the theme of digging, including a special “Minecraft” event, geared after the popular video game, as well as a hands-on “Mario Cart” geared construction activity.

“We’ve stocked up ... and we have multiple copies of books on the [school summer] reading lists as well,” Shalin said.

Children participating in the program must document they have completed 200 minutes of reading in 10 minute intervals or, for younger children, being read to for the same amounts of time. Participating teens are expected to complete six hours of reading a week.

While games and special events await children and teens this summer at the library, adults won’t be left out this summer. Adults who read three books, audio books or ebooks and attend one library adult program have the chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card, if they submit the completion form by July 31. A drawing of completed entries also will be held at each branch for a $25 Amazon gift card.

Shalin said while the library encourages summer reading to supplement a child’s education as well as adult, and subsequently lifelong reading, the library also serves a larger purpose in the community.

“The library has always been the kind of place where people can go to learn anything they want to learn,” Shalin said. “We have computer programs if people want to learn about computers, we’ve done resume help and job workshops before and we’re looking for more ways to people to come out and connect and learn something new. It’s also a good place for families.”

To participate in any of the summer reading programs and for a complete calendar of summer events, sign up in person or at