Summer reading program begins Saturday

Lety Martinez, 8, and Lilybeth Sanchez, 8, enjoy reading books at the J.C Holliday Library. In the upcoming months, many more children are expected to participate in the library’s Summer Reading Program.

Fans of characters such as Batman, Superman and the Incredible Hulk know that “Every Hero Has a Story.”

The fun and exciting theme will be used by the Sampson-Clinton Public Library for its Summer Reading Program. The kick off is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 20, at the J.C. Holliday Library, 217 Graham St. with Paul Miller of Flow Circus Juggling Arts. Addie Hodges, children’s librarian, is looking forward to the event.

“We wanted to kick off the program having a lot of fun and excitement,” Hodges said about the Saturday magic show. “Last year we had a big crowd and we anticipate a big crowd this year also.”

Registration is under way for the six-week program, which is scheduled to be held June 22 through July 30. Hodges noted that libraries across North Carolina are using the hero theme. She’s encouraging everybody to enjoy the free program.

“We’re excited this year because it deals with superheroes and kids love superheroes,” Hodges said about the program for children 5 through 12. “We emphasize reading, but we’ll also have fun activities for them.”

Along with reading, the program will also include games, a show and tell day where children bring their real life heroes (parents or friends), science experiments, weather crafts and a Community Heroes Festival featuring the Dairy Queen Truck. All treats will be $1.25.

Branches throughout Sampson County will operate on various schedules for the reading program. At each location, the program will conclude with Superhero Walks with parents and children dressing up as their favorite character. The walk is a new activity for the program.

Another state mandated change is focusing on how many minutes students read. Previously, the focus was placed on how man books each participant reads. Prizes will be awarded for the amount of time spent reading. Presently, the goal for each child is 1,200 minutes.

“I love it,” Hodges said about reading and the program. “I look forward to it every summer. When kids are out of school, it gives them something to do. They can continue to read and they won’t fall behind. I think it’s a great program.”

In addition to the summer reading program, the library is asking the children to become heroes by donating old Legos for a Lego Day in the fall. Library officials would like to use the donations for years to come.

For more information, contact Hodges at 910-592-4153 or by email at Registration is also available online at