Libraries offering summer reading program

By Kristy D. Carter - [email protected]

The Sampson County Public Libraries are once again gearing up for a fun-filled summer by hosting the annual summer reading program at all local libraries.

The summer reading program entitled “On Your Mark, Get Set … Read” has been designed to encourage kids ages 5 through 12 to continue to read and love books during their school break. The focus of this year’s program is fitness, health and wellness.

Registration for this year’s program begins on June 13. From June 20 – July 29, each library will host one program per week at 3 p.m. on the following schedule: Fridays at Clinton; Tuesdays at Roseboro; Wednesdays at Newton Grove; and Thursdays at Garland.

In connection with this year’s reading program, the J.C. Holliday Library will be holding a book sale.

According to Addie Hodges, children’s librarian, the Sampson-Clinton Public Library continually adds new materials every day, but it can’t store everything. To make room in their libraries in Clinton, Garland, Newton Grove, and Roseboro, the staff carefully de-selects materials if they are in worn physical condition, have outdated information, or if the public is no longer interested them. This year, since video circulation declined, the library made the decision to withdraw their remaining 800 videos and will sell them during this book sale.

“The money collected goes back into the book budget in order to purchase newer titles,” Hodges said. “If there are any items left, the library donates them to non-profits such as local schools and shelters. Truly, the book sale is a win-win event for everyone.”

It should be noted, that because the summer reading programs are so popular, programs are hosted in Garland, Newton Grove and Roseboro at their libraries on the days when they are normally closed to the public in order to provide more space for kids and parents.

“We will only be open from 3-4:30 p.m. on these days for the purposes of having the summer reading programs and allow the kids to check out books,” Hodges said. “All other patrons will be asked to return on a regularly scheduled business day.”

The kickoff program this year will feature Steve Somers, The Amazing Teacher, of High Point. Somers uses amazing magic tricks, puppets, music, and audience participation to engage the kids. Some of the programs planned for the summer include visits from Erica Page, fitness specialist for the Sampson County Wellness Center, a Sugar Shock display, fitness games and a trip to the local park during the last week of the program.

For more information, please call Hodges at 910-592-4153, ext. 28 or email her at [email protected]

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By Kristy D. Carter

[email protected]

Reach Kristy D. Carter at 910-592-8137, ext. 2588. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd. Like us on Facebook.