Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


May 23, 2014

Boyd library to offer science-themed reading

ASHLAND —  Boyd County “Fizz Boom Read” is a free, eight-week summer reading program at Boyd County Public Library, which kicks off May 31.

Starting the week of June 2, there are educational programs each week for toddlers through tweens at the Ashland, Catlettsburg and Kyova branches.  The teen program is called “Spark a Reaction,” with weekly programs at both main and Kyova. Participants do not have to attend programs to earn reward.

There are serious reasons for taking part in a summer reading program, library Director Debbie Cosper said.

“Studies show that kids who read at least a few books during the summer are less likely to lose the skills they learned during the school year,” she said.

Children, tweens and teens can start keeping track of their reading hours on June 2 by registering at thebookplace.org or filling out a registration form at any branch. Participants will receive a reading map/journal, in which they will record the number of hours spent reading.

Children’s rewards include a splat ball, a browsing bag, book of choice, lightup yo-yo, a kite and a T-shirt. Tween rewards are a splat ball, sports bag, book of choice, journal, T-shirt and an alarm clock.  For every five hours past 50, Children will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize, while tweens will be entered into the grand prize drawing for every five hours past 60.  Grand prize for children is a tablet computer; for tweens it’s an iPad Mini.

The Summer Reading Kickoff party will be at 2 p.m. May 31 at Crabbe Elementary School. The program will feature an interactive story, “Dragons and Dreams,” performed by the Sciencetellers. All ages are welcome.

“Fizz Boom Read” is for children 4 through 12, but tweens will be offered different crafts and activities.

Weekly program times are as follows:

Main branch (1740 Central Ave., Ashland): Wednesdays at 2 p.m., 4 to 12; and Fridays at 11:30 a.m., toddlers; Kyova branch: Tuesdays at 2 p.m., 4 to 12; and Fridays at 1 p.m., toddlers; and Catlettsburg branch (2704 Louisa St.): Thursdays at 2 p.m., 4 to 12; Mondays at 10:30 a.m., toddlers.

The special summer reading program this year is “Dr. Frank Einstein.” Children will learn about different types of energy through songs and fun activities. For children, the program days are as follows: June 5, Catlettsburg branch; June 11, main branch; June 17, Kyova branch. For tweens the program days are: June 10, Kyova branch; June 12, Catlettsburg branch; June 18, main. All Dr. Frank Einstein programs will begin at 2 p.m.

The program for children ends  Aug. 2 with a party at the Central Park tennis courts. Children must read at least five hours and tweens must read at least 10 hours to attend.

The teen summer program, “Spark a Reaction,” meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the main branch and Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Kyova branch. Weekly activities include CSI, Robots, MythBuster, Minute to Win It, Science Fair, Spark a Change and Grossology. Teens are rewarded for the time they spend reading in June and July. Teen rewards include a lanyard, earbuds, a T-shirt, book of choice and free books each month for one year. When teens reach 100 hours, they will be entered into a drawing for a tablet computer. Every 25 hours after that gets them another entry.

Teens will have their own wrap-up program — a lock-in at the Kyova branch on July 24. Only teens who have attended at least one Spark a Reaction program and read at least 25 hours are eligible for the lock-in.

The adult summer program is back again this year and is called “Literary Elements.” It is longer than the youth programs — running from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Adults fill out book review forms for each book they read during the summer. Book review forms are available at any branch, or at thebookplace.org.  Adults are rewarded based on the number of books they read.

Throughout the summer, BCPL will host programs themed to correspond with “Literary Elements.” Programs include: CSI Ashland at 6 p.m. June 5; Cooking Up Some Science at 6 p.m. June 30; and Invent-o-rama at 2 p.m. July 12. All programs will be at the main branch. The adult summer reading program will end with a party Sept. 5. All reading rewards will be given at the final party, as well as the Keurig and supply of K-cups grand prize.

Each book review written during the summer enters the adult one time in the drawing for the grand prize.

For more information, call (606) 329-0090 or visit thebookplace.org.

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