Boyd County Public Library’s DIg into Reading program, a free, eight-week summer reading program, will begin Saturday.
Starting Tuesday, there are weekly programs for toddlers through tweens at the Ashland, Catlettsburg and Kyova branches. The teen program is called “Beneath the Surface,” with weekly programs at both Main and Kyova.
Children and teens can start keeping track of their reading hours starting Saturday by registering online at thebookplace.org or fill 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, and the programs they attended.
Children can add up their time spent reading to qualify for rewards, including seed packets, a browsing bag, a book of choice, bucket and shovel, bookmark timer and T-shirt. For every five hours past 50, children will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize — a Kindle Fire.
Digging time starts at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kyova Branch in the Kyova Mall across from Elder-Beerman. Coyote Chris from Silly Safaris and a few of his favorite creatures will help get the summer fun going. All ages are welcome.
Dig Into Reading is for children 4 thorugh 12, but the older children (tweens) will do different crafts and activities than the younger ones. Weekly program times are as follows:
‰Main branch (1740 Central Ave., Ashland): Wednesdays at 2 p.m., ages 4 to 12; and Fridays at 11:30 a.m., toddlers;
‰Kyova branch: Tuesdays at 2 p.m., ages 4 to 12; and Fridays at 1 p.m., toddlers;
‰Catlettsburg branch (2704 Louisa St.): Thursdays at 2 p.m., ages 4 to 12; Mondays at 10:30 a.m., toddlers.
There are special summer reading programs again this year at the Highlands Museum: Discovering Your Roots” is for teens, on June 8; and “Digging Deeper” is for those 4 to 12 on June 22. Participants in summer reading at BCPL can pick up a free museum pass for themselves and a guest at any library branch during the week prior to the museum programs.
The program for children ends July 27 with a party at the Kyova branch. Children must reach the five-hour reading goal to attend.
“Digging Deeper” movies are also being shown each Friday at noon at the main branch starting June 7. Snacks will be provided. That schedule is:
‰”Scooby Doo in Where’s My Mummy?:” June 7
‰“Gnomeo & Juliet:” June 14
‰“How to Eat Fried Worms:” June 21
‰“Holes:” June 28
‰“Journey to the Center of the Earth:” July 5
‰“Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs:” July 12
‰“FernGully: The Last Rainforest:” July 19
‰“The Goonies:” July 26
The teen summer program, “Beneath the Surface,” meets each Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the main branch and Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Kyova branch. Weekly activities include Mystery Box, Mirror Mirror, Tie-Dye, CSI and Mystery Ink. Just like the younger set, teens are rewarded for the time they spend reading in June and July. Teen rewards include a lanyard, sport bag, T-shirt, book of choice and headphones. When teens reach 100 hours, they will be entered into a drawing for a iPad. 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 25. Only teens who attended at least one Beneath the Surface 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 “Groundbreaking Reads.” It is longer than the youth programs, running from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Adults fill out brief (about 25 words) book reviews for each book they read and earn rewards based on the number. Book review forms are available at any branch, or at thebookplace.org. Adults are rewarded based on the number of books they read.
The Highlands Museum and Discovery Center will be the site of the “Groundbreaking Images” photo exhibit in August (opening reception will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 2), and the adult program will end with a Groundbreaking Party on Sept. 6. All reading rewards will be given away at the final party, as well as the tablet computer 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.