Local libraries shine with summer reading

By Francesca Boston

School is out for the summer, which means it is time for the local libraries to shine. For many libraries, this means summer reading programs.

These programs are a great way to support local libraries, encourage kids to read, see free entertainers and have the chance to win prizes, often to local small businesses.

Jacksonville Public Library is holding a Summer Reading Program. They have “take and make” projects available most weeks and a reading log to take home. They have busy summer planned to go along with the Summer Reading Program, from movies to story times to Lego Club. On Tuesdays, the library will be hosting entertainers outside, so feel free to join and bring a chair or blanket along to watch the fun. The reading logs are due on July 23 and can be picked up any time. The library also hosts plenty of other great things, not to mention the great books!

Prairie Skies Public Library District also has a full summer planned at both of their locations. Both the Ashland and Pleasant Plains libraries will be hosting programs throughout the summer. They already have over 100 kids up through age 12 signed up, and Deb Greer, a librarian, says, “It’s very exciting. Those numbers are very similar to what we had two years ago!” The library is also sponsoring a Teen Reading Program for students who just finished seventh grade through to graduated seniors. The Prairie Skies Library District Summer Reading Program runs through July 26, with activities throughout the summer, as well. Anyone can stop by the to grab a reading log, but the librarians recommend coming in to grab them sooner rather than later!

For more information, visit any of the libraries or their websites, www.jaxpl.org and www.pspls.com. Both library districts are also on Facebook. Happy reading!

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