APL sets summer reading program schedule

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 11, 2012

The Andalusia Public Library has set its annual summer reading program, which will challenge the minds of the community’s children.

This summer, the library officials want eventgoers to “Dream Big,” said children’s librarian Caryl Lee Jackson.

Readers will learn all about nighttime, the night sky and space, while also reading about dreams and wishes.

The program will be held every Thursday in June at 3 p.m., and is open to “children of all ages.”

The program will lift off with a balloon release June 7, and the theme for the day will be “Creatures of the Night.”

“We’ll have bats and owls and live animals,” Jackson said. “It’s sure to be a fun time.”

Russell Davis, a magician, will be the entertainment on June 14.

“Russell promised to entertain and to make anyone disappearing to reappear,” Jackson joked.

On June 21, the McWane Science Center will be on tap.

“They’ll do science experiments,” she said. “They always modify the experiments to fit the summer program.”

And finally on June 28, Dr. Magical will make balloons and tell stories to children present.

“And don’t forget our preschool school storytime each Friday morning at 10:30 a.m.,” Jackson said.

Jackson said there is also an art contest for ages 4 to 12 and then a teen photography contest for ages 13 to 18. More information is available at the library.

In July, the library will feature teen bands one night at 7 p.m.

“It will be live music for ages 15 to 18,” Jackson said. “We’ll also have door prizes every week, and every one has lots of reading to do.”

Jackson said library officials are hoping to match the 250-300 children they had attend last year.