The theme of the library's annual summer reading program is "Fizz. Boom. Read!" with books, projects and activities aimed toward youngsters of all ages.
"Our programs will be mostly science-related," said McIver's Grant Public Library's Children's Librarian Lara Freidhof. "David Brooks will do a science show, Robin Alford will do a food demonstration and Andy Baker will do some origami."
"The summer reading program is designed as an outreach for all age groups," said Library Director Regina Patterson. "(The event) promotes library programs and draws new readers."
Patterson said the 2014 theme incorporates STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts into its curriculum.
"(The summer reading program aids) children in maintaining their reading skills throughout the summer," said Patterson. "Literacy goes hand in hand with the STEM program. STEM is important, but you can't do any of that if you can't read. All programs will start at 11 a.m., except the PBS program which will begin at 10:30 a.m."
Freidhof said programs are planned for Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the summer break, with Monday sessions designed for children of all ages and Tuesday activities just right for pre-K children.
"Tuesdays are geared toward preschoolers," said Freidhof. "But anyone can attend."
Children's programming kicks off on Tuesday, June 3 with a visit from PBS's Word Girl at 10:30 a.m. in the library's Kids Zone.
Events follow with:
* Monday, June 9 - Lego Day with Ann Freeman
* Tuesday, June 10 - Inclein Planes with Miss Lara
* Monday, June 16 - Master Gardener Judy Hickman
* Tuesday, June 17 - Fun with Fossils with Miss Lara
* Monday, June 23 - Eat a Rainbow with Robin Alford
* Tuesday, June 24 - Chemical Reaction with rocks
* Monday, June 30 - Science show with David Brooks
* Monday, July 7 - Sink or Float with Miss Lara
* Tuesday, July 8 - What's in my Tummy? with Miss Lara
* Monday, July 14 - Origami with Andy Baker
* Tuesday, July 15 - Lava in a cup with Miss Lara
The library's annual summer reading activities will grow this year with the addition of a teen program at 11 a.m. on Thursdays. Designed for youth age 13 through 18, "Spark a Reaction" offers several opportunities for teenagers to become involved with their community - and to explore new hobbies - through the local library.
"We are emphasizing one of our target areas - teens," said Patterson. "We have volunteers coming in to help with the programming. That is what this is all about, a collective effort between the community and the library."
Teen sessions include:
* June 12 - Who do you think you are? Find out your family history with this genealogy program presented by Pam Sirmans and Ardis Phillips
* June 19 - Genealogy, Part II
* June 26 - Photography with Steve Guttery
* July 10 - Jewelry Making with Lisa Reynolds Traverse
* July 17 - Candy Sushi Iron Chef Competition
Those interested in the teen program must pre-register by calling 285-5032.
In addition to fun sessions and a chance to check out books, children and teens participating in the summer reading program will have the opportunity to take part in drawings with prizes including three Kindles and a Leap Frog tablet for a lucky winner in each age category.
Parents who bring their children in to participate in the summer reading program and adults 18-years and older who read will be entered into a drawing, as well. The drawing for adults will also offer a gift certificate for dinner for two from Lupo's.
Those interested in more information on McIver's Grant Public Library and its Summer Reading Program may call 285-5032.