Registration is now open for what is planned to be a rocking summer reading program with lots of new and fun activities and free lunch for all participants of the program at the Anderson Public Library.
Held every year starting at the end of June, summer reading is a great educational and fun program for preschool and grade school 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.
This year’s program is planned to be even more fun, wrapped around a musical theme. 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 fun effects with sound, and a musical petting zoo by the Bluegrass band, Lafferty Pike.
One of the biggest additions to this year’s summer reading program is free lunch provided in partnership by the Kentucky State University Extension SNAP-Ed Program and the KSU Summer Food Service Program. Coordinating both programs, Gidgett Taylor Sweazy will be parking a food truck at the library shortly before the end of each program at Noon every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
“Not only are the children building educational skills and having a good time, they are getting the nutrition that they need,” Sherry said. “I’m very proud of Gidget Taylor Sweazy and KSU Extension of the SNAP-Ed Program.”
Also new this year is that all summer reading programs will now be hosted directly at the library. With the expanded library building, Sherry explained that the library now has plenty of room for all the activities.
Summer reading will be kicking off this year on Saturday, June 23rd from 9am to Noon with the Touch a Truck event. This activity will let children explore trucks, emergency vehicles, tractors, and more. “It will be lots of fun,” Sherry said.