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Jun 25

Become a Reading Hero This Summer

Posted on June 25, 2015 at 1:59 PM by Melissa Cockrell


School is finally out and the Mary Riley Styles Public Library has the perfect program to help you defeat summer boredom! This year’s Summer Reading Program theme is “Every Hero Has a Story!” and the library is swooping in to save the day with exciting programs and performances for local reading heroes to enjoy.

School-aged independent readers who sign up for the program and read five or more books this summer are eligible to receive fun prizes provided by the Library Foundation and local businesses. Babies, infants, and toddler pre-readers whose older siblings, parents, and caregivers read at least 30 books aloud to them are also eligible for age-appropriate prizes. Of course, adults can get in on the fun too! Those who sign up for the program, read five or more books, and return their reading log to the library will be entered in a raffle for prizes, including a brand new Amazon Kindle.

The Summer Reading Program is designed to get children and teens excited about reading and continue healthy reading habits throughout the year. However, the program is so much more than just a reading log. The library has weekly story times, playgroups, performances, book groups, and workshops for children of all ages that take them on adventures far away, all without leaving The Little City. This year there will be musical performances by Oh Susannah! and Groovy Nate, theatrical performances by Impression Theatre and Bob Brown Puppets, writing and comic book workshops, and so much more!

“Our program is great because it has different levels of participants and we are probably one of very few libraries who still give books as a prize. Every kid who participates gets a book,” says Jenny Carroll, Youth Services Supervisor. 

Be sure you join the fun this summer! Registration starts on June 22 and continues until August 15. A full calendar of performances, workshops, and other events is available online, at the library, or by phone, 703-248-5934 (TTY 711).