Last updated: October 08. 2013 2:01PM - 837 Views
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This year’s Sampson-Clinton Public Library Summer Reading Program was a hit that hosted nearly 1,000 youngsters and, even as Summer Reading gives way to regular storytimes at the county libraries, planning for next summer’s program is already well under way.

“The annual Summer Reading Program for the 2013 year was a success,” said Addie Hodges, children’s librarian for the Sampson-Clinton Public Library. “The theme was’ Dig Into Reading’ and the attendance was great this year. We had a total of 946 children that attended the programs.”

There were five programs scheduled at all branches — J.C. Holliday in Clinton; Bryan Memorial Library in Newton Grove; Roseboro Public Library; and Miriam Lamb Memorial Library in Garland — every week. The Summer Reading Program extended from June 24-July 26.

The annual summer reading program, for children ages 5-12, encourages them to continue to read during their school break. The “Dig into Reading” theme meant books that were focused on anything that can dig or be found in the dirt, encompassing pirates and buried treasure, worms and ants, dinosaur bones and so many others were free game for children to get their hands dirty.

As part of the program, when children read 10 books and record them, they were invited to bring back a brochure to their local library and receive a treat in return.

“The children were asked to read 10 books and turn in their log,” said Hodges. “We had 201 children turn in their reading logs. Their reward was a free book and a bag full of various goodies.”

And next year’s program is being planned, with a theme already attached.

“We are anticipating and planning for the 2014 Summer Reading Program — the theme will be ‘Fizz, Boom, Read!‘“said Hodges. “This is a science-related theme. As always we anticipate having fun things planned for all children.”

While the young bookworms will have to wait awhile for next summer, Hodges reminded everyone that the Sampson-Clinton Public Library offers an ongoing storytime bi-weekly at all branches for ages 5-12.

“Storytimes may consist of stories, crafts, music, games and finger plays,” she noted. “Storytimes are free to the public.”

Designated storytime days for all branches are: second and fourth Tuesdays for the Clinton branch; first and third Tuesdays for Newton Grove; second and fourth Wednesdays for Garland; and first and third Wednesdays for Roseboro. All times are at 5 p.m.

“We welcome everyone for our October storytimes to join in the excitement,” said Hodges. “Our first theme is ‘Hoot, Hoot!’ We are making a fun owl craft with a clothes pin. Our second storytime is ‘Trick or Treat.’ (We invite everyone to) come hear a spooky story and create your very own Oreo spider. Each child will receive a treat bag.”

Stop by your local library for more information, or contact Addie Hodges at 910-592-4153.

Chris Berendt can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 121 or via email at cberendt@civitasmedia.com.

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