Registration begins today, May 27, for Oneonta Public Library’s summer reading program. Designed for children aged pre-K through sixth grade, the theme this year is “Be Creative at your Library.” Each child who registers will receive a free book and a summer reading T-shirt, on which to draw pictures.
Sessions will be held each Tuesday and Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with the first session set for Wednesday, June 3. The last session will be Wednesday, July 15. Two children’s movie days will be included: Friday, June 19, at 2 p.m. and Friday, July 10, at 2 p.m. The first movie will be Tale of Despereaux,
and the second will be Bolt.
The program will include sessions on music by Neely Arts Center, exotic animals by T&N acres, programs on creativity and science by McWane Center, creative snacking by Chef Dave Brown, and a magic show featuring Captain Eddie Congdon. Other subjects include balloon animals, photography, thumbprint art, turtles, and Master Gardeners.
Librarian Gail Sheldon said library materials relating to creative applications for each topic will be available following each session. Children are encouraged to meet reading targets for the week by using those materials. “There will be books on each of the different crafts, books on creative skills, drawing books, books on writing, music, and so on,” she said.
She said there will be sticker awards and perhaps fast food coupons for all children who meet their weekly targets for length of time spent reading, or being read to by parents. In addition, those children’s names will go into a pot for a grand prize drawing at the program’s end.
The summer reading program is free to all children who participate. It is sponsored courtesy of the Friends of Oneonta Library, with assistance from the Agigaue Club.