PPL Summer Reading Program starts June 1

G. Sam Piatt

May 18, 2013

Portia Williams

PDT Staff Writer

The Portsmouth Public Library will kick off its Summer Reading program June 1 and it will run until July 13.

Grace Peach, Publicity Coordinator for The Portsmouth Public Library, said she and the library staff are excited and have a host of activities lined up for children and teens.

“We are so excited about this year’s theme, ‘Dig into Reading.’ We’ve got so much planned. All of the activities we have going on have something to do with excavation, digging things up and history,” Peach said.

One program in which will give children the opportunity to learn about Egypt. Peach said the youth will have the opportunity to make a bracelet with Egyptian hieroglyphics.

“Each child will be encouraged to read 10 books and take part in our supplemental programs. When they have read their 10 books they will receive a prize,” Peach said.

Each different event comes with new experiences and opportunities to learn and play.

“We are doing a Construction Zone at the library, and the kids can build their own blueprints, have gravel races and build Lego towers,” Peach said.

Other children’s Summer Reading Program activities include the following:

  • Planting Great Ideas - Children will take part in a seed sprouting activity. They will also learn some fun facts about soil and the creatures that live in our soil.
  • Magnificent Mining - Learn the source of gold, gems and other items we use everyday. There will even be opportunities to do some independent digging.
  • Fourth of July Fun - This will be a celebration of Independence Day by creating some craft projects that follow the theme of Red, White, and Blue.
  • Dinosaur Dig - Kids will make crafts that are all dinosaur related, as well as learning about dinosaurs.
  • Burrow Your Way into the Library - Come to this program and find out about some of them. There will be a worm craft, as well as some surprising facts about animals that burrow.

Peach said the library also has a full program in place for teens ages 13 to 18.

“Teen Summer Reading Program works somewhat different. Every time they finish a book or come to one of our programs, they will receive a ticket and they can enter that ticket into the drawing for the grand prize,” Peach said.

Peach said the prize for the grand drawing has not yet been established.

For more information on the library’s summer programs visit yourppl.org/featured/summer-reading-2013. For questions in regard to the Summer Reading Programs call 740-354-5688.

Portia Williams may be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 286 or portiawilliams@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Portia on Twitter @ PortiaWillPDT.