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June 3rd, 2013 12:53 pm by Katina Rose

Local libraries offer full slate of summer reading programs

Summer is a wonderful time to find a good book, relax and get lost in a great story. Summertime can be the perfect time for children to find books on areas of interest they have, or to try a new author or series. Whether you sit outside under a shady tree, lounge by the pool or snuggle up in a chair, books can go almost anywhere with you and provide hours of meaningful entertainment. Don’t forget to pack a few books or load up your electronic reader if you are going to be traveling in a car or plane for several hours. 

As a parent, set a positive example for your children and let them watch you sit back and read for pleasure over the summer.  Reading over the summer will assist them in the next school year as well. Once kids realize that reading is fun, who knows, they may actually keep on reading!

Libraries are a great resource over the summer months. They provide reading programs (some for all ages) to encourage and foster the love of reading. Find your nearest library and take advantage of the incentives they provide for children to read during the summer. 

Here is a list of local libraries hosting summer reading programs in Northeast Tennessee:

Kingsport Public Library
Phone:
 423-224-2539
Website: www.kingsportlibrary.org
Overview:  Children, kindergarten through fifth grade, may participate in the “Dig Into Reading” Summer Reading Program at the Kingsport Public Library.  The program will run from Tuesday, May 28, through Friday, July 26.  Registration begins Tuesday, May 28, and continues throughout June and July.  You may sign up online or at the library.  Participants who finish reading the required number of books will be eligible for great prizes.  The first summer program is Wednesday, June 5, at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. with magician, Joseph Young.

Middle and high schoolers are invited to participate in the library’s “Beneath the Surface” Summer Reading Program. Registration starts on Tuesday, May 28, and the program runs through Friday, July 26.  Teens can register and keep track of the hours they read online at www.kingsportlibrary.org. There will be programs held during the summer with food and prizes at each one.  The first one, a Hobbit Movie Party, is from 3 to 6 p.m., June 13.

Adults are also invited to participate in the Groundbreaking Reads Summer Program. The first program, Climbing Your Family Tree, is Saturday, July 13, at 2:30 p.m.

For a complete list of summer reading programs, visit the website.

Sullivan County Libraries (includes Blountville, Bloomingdale, Colonial Heights, Sullivan Gardens and Thomas Memorial Branch)
Phone: 423-279-2714
Website: www.sullivancountylibrarytn.org
Overview:  Registration begins Tuesday, May 28.  The program dates are Tuesday, June 4, through Thursday, July 11. Children of all ages are invited to participate in the “Dig Into Reading” summer reading program. There will be one weekly program at each branch.  Visit www.sullivancountylibrarytn.org  event calendar for a complete listing of programs at each branch.  

Johnson City Public Library
Phone:
 423-434-4450
Website:  www.jcpl.net
Overview: Children, infants through fifth grade, may participate in the “Dig Into Reading” Summer Reading Program at the Johnson City Public Library. The program will run from Monday, June 3, through Tuesday, July 23. Registration begins Monday, June 3, and continues throughout June and July. This is the second year children who are reading may register and participate online at www.jcpl.net. Random prizes will be given away throughout the summer, including tickets to Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium, Gray Fossil Museum, and much more.  Visit the library website for a complete list of dates and program topics taking place throughout June and July.

Young adults who are rising 6th through 12th graders are invited to participate in the library's “Groundbreaking Reads” Teen Summer Reading Program. Registration for Summer Reading begins on Tuesday, June 4, and continues throughout the months of June and July. As part of the Summer Reading Program, teens can register and keep track of the hours they read online. The Teen Summer Reading Program Kick-off is Tuesday, June 4, at 6 p.m.

Washington County Library
Phone:
Jonesborough Branch, 423-753-1800 and Gray Branch, 423-477-1550
Website:  www.wclibrarytn.org
Overview:  Children, toddlers through fifth grade, may participate in the “Dig Into Reading” Summer Reading Program.  The program will run for six weeks from Wednesday, June 12, through Thursday, July 25. Registration is currently open and takes place at the Jonesborough or Gray branch. The programs take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays in Jonesborough and at 10 a.m., Thursdays, in Gray. There will not be a program the week of July 4 at either branch. 

Young adults who are rising sixth through 12th graders are invited to participate in the library’s “Beneath the Surface” Summer Reading Program. The program runs for six weeks and will kick off at 3 p.m., June 11, in Gray and at 3 p.m., June 13, in Jonesborough. Visit the Jonesborough or Gray branch for complete listing of the library summer programs.  

Adults are invited to participate in the library summer reading program.  Read a book and complete a mini-review form, available at the library, to become eligible to enter a drawing for prizes.

Hawkins County Libraries
H.B. Stamps Library in Rogersville
Phone:
423-272-8710
Church Hill Public Library
Phone:
423-357-4591
Surgoinsville Public Library
Phone:
423-345-4805
Website: www.hawkinslibraries.org
Overview:  H.B. Stamps Children's Summer Reading Program theme is “Dig Into Reading” and takes place each Friday in June from 10 a.m. to noon on the library lawn.   Learn about rocks, minerals, burrowers, dinosaurs, mummies and more.  Crafts, games, stories and snacks will be provided.  The summer reading program events, for all Hawkins County Libraries, will take place at the H.B. Stamps Library in Rogersville. 

Elizabethton - Carter County Public Library
Phone:
423-547-6360
Website: www.eccpl.org
Overview:  Children of all ages are invited to participate in the “Dig Into Reading” Summer Reading Program.   The program will run from June 4 through July 30.  Registration begins on Tuesday, June 4, at the library.  Each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., there will be a summer program for children of all ages.  Each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., there will be a summer program for preschoolers.  Visit the library or Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library Facebook page for a complete list of program events. Adults are invited to participate in a summer reading program.  It will run from July through August.  Visit the library to register and to find out more information about meeting times for the adult reading group and special events.

Johnson County Public Library
Phone:
423-727-6544
Website: www.johnsoncolib.org
Overview:  Children, ages 5 through 11, may participate in the “Dig Into Reading” Summer Reading Program.  The program will run from June 21 through July 26 at 11 a.m. each Friday.  Registration is currently open and takes place at the library.  Visit the library for a complete list of weekly program events.  

Young adults, ages 12 and up, may participate in the Young Adult Book Club.  This will start at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 14, and will meet through July 26. Participants will be asked to read one book a week to discuss.

Unicoi County Public Library
Phone:
423-743-6533
Website: www.wrlibrary.org/libraries/unpage.html
Overview:  Children of all ages are invited to participate in the “Dig Into Reading and “Beneath the Surface” Summer Reading Program.  This six-week program will run from June 11 through July 19.  Registration takes place on Friday, June 7, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Town Hall.  Programs, divided by age groups, will take place weekly. Visit the library or the Unicoi County Public Library Facebook page for a complete list of program events. 

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