Summer reading program sign-up
Sign-ups for the summer reading program have begun at the Morgan County Library with programs and activities for all ages.
For the youngest set, the theme is "Dream Big, Read!" which will include family activities geared toward ages birth through pre-school, and will center around bedtime activities and family reading. Besides the usual Monday morning 11 a.m. story time, the library will host a Tuesday evening “Bedtime Stories” at 6:30 p.m., including stories, a healthy snack and a calming activity.
For patrons in K-5, the theme is also "Dream Big, Read!" This will take them in a different direction, encouraging participants to "dream big" about finding adventure in their community, and making their world a better place.
The programs begin on July 3 at 10 a.m. at Warm Springs Middle School with a visit from Granny Sue, who will entertain young participants with adventure stories from around the region.
On July 10 at 10 a.m. at the library, there will be a program that will teach participants about the fun of geocaching and letterboxing. This will also be the kick-off of the library’s geocaching challenge.
On July 18 at 10 a.m. at Warm Springs Middle School, magician Wendel Wandell will entertain participants with magic and lessons about self-esteem and tolerance.
On July 24, at 11 participants will have an afternoon of fun and games at Berkeley Springs State Park, geared for all ages.
The final event of this program and the pre-k program, will be the prize drawings at the library on July 28. To qualify for prizes, participants must meet their reading goals each week.
The Library will also be co-hosting the children’s activities at the Morgan County Fair on August 5 from 12-2:30. The activities will revolve around the theme “Dream Big: Invent Something!” where children will have a chance to use their imaginations to create an object with the materials provided. A prize will be awarded for the most “inventive” creation.
This year, the library is also offering its first summer reading program for teens. The theme is “Own the Night” and will run from July 1 to July 28. Teens can go to the library and read for prizes, as well as participate in special events during the month of July.
The first event will be on July 3 at the library. Granny Sue will be telling ghost stories in the teen room at 7 p.m. Although this is officially part of the teen summer reading program, anyone interested is welcome to attend.
Additional activities for the teens are a safety program, given by Sheriff Vince Shambaugh on July 13; a stargazing party at the Morgan County Observatory on July 20; and a night on the town, including pizza at the library and a movie at the Star, on July 27.
The program will wrap up on Saturday, July 28, with prize giveaways at the library.
The adult theme is "Between the Covers," and will feature activities about writing books. On July 10 at 5:30 p.m., John Douglas will hold a discussion at the library entitled, “Facts & Fiction: a Discussion on Writing.” This program is free and open to the public. The adult program will also close on July 28 with the final prize drawing.
Sign-ups for all programs have begun. If any questions, talk to one of the library staff or volunteers.