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Summer reading programs offer scientific fun for children and teens

Amanda Marsh • Jun 16, 2014 at 1:56 PM

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Joining a summer reading program is a great way to keep learning alive while children enjoy a long break from school.

"It's so important to keep children reading through the summer," said Youth Services Librarian Rebecca Hall. "It keeps their skills up and ready to continue when school starts up."

The Kingsport Public Library and others across the Tri-Cities have designed summer programming with a science theme called "Fizz, Boom, Read!" Science experiments, visits by Mr. Bond the Science Guy and robot building are just a few of the programs being offered at local libraries.

"Entertainment programs and incentives draw people to the library and then they are more likely to check out books while they are here," Hall said.

Kingsport Public Library

The "Fizz, Boom, Read!" program at the Kingsport Public Library, 400 Broad St., continues through July 25. Children can read and log books online or on a reading log, and prizes are awarded when five, 10, 20 and 30 are recorded. A finale party will be held for each age group.

The teen summer reading program is called "Spark a Reaction" and participants can log pages read to be eligible for weekly prize drawings through July 25. A finale and grand prize drawing will be held July 10 at 3 p.m. and will include a candy sushi iron chef competition. Several teen programs will be held Thursdays at 3 p.m. in June beginning with a chance to meet Young Adult Author Chris Everhart June 12 and building solar robots is scheduled for June 26.

Weekly programs are divided by age group. Preschool events for ages three to five are Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. through July 22 and include programs like "water, water, everywhere!" and "critter fun." Elementary programs for grades kindergarten through fifth are held Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. through July 23 and include topics such as "simple machines at work" and "boomtastic magic and comedy show." Programs for children 24 to 36 months are held Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. with topics such as "color my world" and "I spy with my little eye."

For a complete listing of programs, call 423-229-9366 or visit www.kingsportlibrary.org.

Sullivan County

Each of the five Sullivan County libraries has a "Fizz, Boom, Read!" program with weekly activities through the second week of July. Visits from Mr. Bond the Science Guy, book readings, and science experiments are just a few of the programs being offered.

The Sullivan County Public Library, 1655 Blountville Blvd., and Bloomingdale Public Library, 3230 Van Horn St., each host summer programs Tuesdays at 11 a.m. For a complete schedule, call 423-279-2714 for Sullivan County and 423-288-1310 for Bloomingdale.

Thomas Memorial Library, 481 Cedar Street in Bluff City, has its programs Tuesdays at 2 p.m. For more information, call 423-538-1980.

Colonial Heights Public Library, 149 Pactolus Road, has summer programs Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., while Sullivan Gardens Public Library, 104 Bluegrass Drive, holds events Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. To learn more, call 423-239-1100 for Colonial Heights and 423-349-5990 for Sullivan Gardens.

Church Hill

Registration is open for Church Hill Public Library's "Fizz, Boom, Read!" program. Mr. Bond and the Science Guys will visit the library June 16 at 11 a.m. Other special guests include therapy dogs July 3 at 11 a.m. and Ronald McDonald July 11 at 11 a.m. The events are open to all ages.

Additional summer programming for ages six through eight is Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., followed by ages nine through 11 at 1 p.m. On Fridays, programming for ages three to five begins at 10 a.m.

"Fizz, Boom, Read!" will end with a "Final Blast" celebration July 17 at the Church Hill Senior Center at 4 p.m.

For more information, call 423-357-4591.

Washington County

Both Washington County libraries have a "Fizz, Boom, Read!" program, which begins with a "Mad Scientist" kick-off event June 11 at the Jonesborough Library and June 12 at the Gray Library. Both begin at 10 a.m.

After June 11, Jonesborough Library, 200 Sabin Drive, will continue hosting programming on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. through July 23.

After June 12, the Gray Library, 5026 Bobby Hicks Highway, will continue hosting programming on Thursdays at 10 a.m. through July 24.

Some of the topics covered include how electricity works, animals and their camouflage and robot science. "Fizz, Boom, Read!" will end with "Einstein's Cosmic Cafe Wrap Up Jamboree."

The teen reading program, called "Spark a Reaction," will continue through July 17. Teens keep track of reading logs. Each completed log will be en entry for several prizes.

The Gray Library will host teen programming Tuesdays at 3 p.m. beginning June 10 and the Jonesborough Library programs will be Thursdays at 3 p.m. beginning June 12.

Topics covered in the teen series include duct tape art, flame painting and Star Wars trivia.

For more information, call the Jonesborough Library at 423-753-1800 or the Gray Library at 423-477-1550.

Johnson City

The Johnson City Public Library, 100 West Millard Street, will continue its "Fizz, Boom, Read!" program through July 22 with a summer reading finale July 24 at 9 a.m. Children entering kindergarten and below are "listeners" and parents log each book read to them. "Readers" are children entering first through fifth grade. Each participant records daily reading time.

The teen summer reading program is called "Spark a Reaction." Participants log time spent reading online and write reviews of each book read. A prize will be awarded after the first 15 hours of reading is logged. The summer reading finale will be held July 29 at 6 p.m.

Registration for all of these programs is available online at www.jcpl.net.

Summer programming for rising first through fifth graders includes robot-building June 10 at 2 p.m., an underwater life photo presentation by Professor Diane Nelson June 24 at 4 p.m., and the learning to build something out of everyday items program is July 7 and 8 at 2 p.m. Registration is required for all events.

Teen programming will be held throughout June and July and include topics such as "The Science Behind Dr. Who" June 30 at 1 p.m. or July 1 at 6 p.m. and "The Science Behind Steampunk" July 14 at 1 p.m. or July 15 at 6 p.m. Registration is required for all events.

A complete list of programs can be found online or for more information, call 423-434-4458.

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