If it’s reading, it’s fun



The lives of young children have for years been enriched and made more fun by Oneonta Public Library’s free summer reading program, open to preschoolers through sixth-graders. Each youngster who registers for the program receives a gift book and is enticed to explore the wonders of reading.

Each weekly activity carries out a theme, which for this year is “Make a splash at your library.” The program begins June 9 and runs through July 20, when it culminates with a special presentation.

The staff is still putting together the schedule, but for certain, Birmingham’s McWane Center will provide something fascinating, and Blount County magician Captain Eddie will present an exciting show.

New this summer are events for older youths, students grades 7-12, being planned by the Teen Advisory Group. The program was introduced March 19 with Teen Movie Night, when students were invited to the library to a free film accompanied by snacks and drinks. They also had the opportunity to learn about the advisory group’s plans for them.

Friends of the Oneonta Public Library supports the summer reading program, its fundraiser the annual Other Covered Bridges Writers Conference, set this year for April 20 at Twin Oaks at Heritage. Featured speakers will be Alabama authors Robert McCammon, Patti Callahan Henry, and Keith Thomson.

The $50 tickets are available at the library, 221 Second Street South. They include heavy hors d’oeuvres, cookies, and drinks during the buffet reception at 5:30 and coffee during the book signing at 8 o’clock.

The Friends organization also invites corporate donations to the library to help fund the summer reading program. The name of each contributing business will appear on the program of the writers conference and will be displayed at the library during the summer. Checks may be mailed to the address above.