The Anderson Public Library was rocking with a highly successful and fun kick off of Summer Reading 2018.
Almost 300 parents and children gathered outside on Saturday, June 23rd, for the kick off “Touch a Truck” event. Dozens of various trucks, from emergency vehicles to tow trucks, were parked outside so children could climb aboard and get a chance to see what it looks like inside.
The organizations that participated included the Anderson County Department of Public Safety, Sheriff’s Office, Bluegrass Energy, Buckmeadow Farms, Lawrenceburg Police, Chrysler of Lawrenceburg, Lawrenceburg Fire Department, Saffell House Funeral Home, and Smith’s Towing. Nelstone Carvers were also present, creating Reading Rocks necklaces and a large decorative stone for the library.
After the kick off event, Summer Reading 2018 continues through July with lots of free children’s programs geared for preschool and grade school ages.
The programs all have a great musical theme this year. Titled “Reading Rocks!,” the performances and activities have a musical twist with education in mind.
Preschoolers will get to enjoy acts from Tom Sieling who will highlight local animals in song, juggling from Paul O Kelly of the Serious O’ Sillies Company, music by Demi Mays, and a music and movement class from Lawrenceburg’s own Kate Smith. Grade schoolers will get to see Kentucky folk songs by Jean Ritchie, hands on learning about effects with sound, and a musical petting zoo by the Bluegrass band, Lafferty Pike.
Summer reading is a great educational and fun program for children to continue their educational skills during the summer. “Summer reading is so valuable for all students of all ages,” Sherry Noon, youth and family services manager at the library, said.
One of the biggest additions to this year’s summer reading program is free lunches for children provided in partnership by the Kentucky Department of Education, Kentucky State University Extension SNAP-Ed Program and the KSU Summer Food Service Program.
The meals will be for all registered attendees of the summer reading program who are under 18 years old and will be delivered right before the end of the morning programs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The meals will typically be a sandwich with chips, milk, fruit, yogurt or juice, and dessert on Fridays.
Registration is still open for summer reading and can be done by visiting the library. You can check out all the events planned by clicking here.