By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
May 15, 2013 —
The Carter County Public Library is once again sponsoring summer reading programs for elementary, middle school and high school age children.
The Summer Reading Program is free for students in grades K-8 and will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. on weekdays between June 3 and July 19 at both the Grayson and Olive Hill branches.
This year's theme is titled “Dig Into Reading” and will include gardening, dinosaurs, fossils, sharks, and pirates.
The Read and Feed program also will be offered between June 3 and July 19 and is open to all individuals from infants to 19 years of age.
The program will be held weekdays from noon to 1 p.m. at both branches. Children who attend will receive lunch and participate in a short reading activity.
There is no cost to participate in the Read and Feed program An average of 85 children participated in both programs across the two library branches last summer, a number that director Nellie Jordan would like to top this year.
“These programs are really all about exposure for the children. We want to open their world up and give them new experiences,” said Jordan. “We want to feed their minds, their bodies, and their spirits with these programs.”
While participation in these programs is free, Jordan did stress that it’s important for parents to fill out applications as soon as possible so that the library can adequately determine how much food and materials will be needed for the programs.
Applications are available at both library branches throughout the summer, as well as Carter County elementary and middle school family resource and youth service centers and Carter Christian Academy through May 15.
Joe Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 286-4201.