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Summer reading programs offer a variety of fun opportunities for SW Va. children

June 16th, 2014 1:45 pm by Whitney H. Parker

Summer reading programs offer a variety of fun opportunities for SW Va. children

Photos provided by Julie Short.

To access the Northeast Tennessee summer reading program roundup, click here.

The local libraries included in the Lonesome Pine Regional Library system are offering free summer reading programs for area children. The programs are open to children of all ages. The reading programs encourage the importance of reading, while offering a variety of entertaining activities.

The 2014 summer reading program theme is "Paws to Read," which features a lovable and smart, character named Rocket.

"We are very excited about the opportunity to feature Rocket," said Julie Short, assistant director of Lonesome Pine Regional Library System. "Our goal for the summer reading program is to keep kids reading ... and smiling ... throughout the summer!"

"Kids who attend our programs love to discover that reading is entertaining. We host wonderful storytellers, musicians, and magicians who bring books to life in unexpected ways. To see a child clamoring for 'more' as someone tells a story through his/her medium is the best part of the actual hourly program that we host each week," Short said.

"We, at Lonesome Pine, extend our summer reading program to the entire family because our community members are 'our family.' What we hope to accomplish is simple ... to make lifelong readers of kids. We want to change lives by opening up the pages of a good book! Of course, to improve a child's reading ability is always a goal and we believe we have the best way to make that happen -- make reading fun," said Short.

Here is what is happening at libraries across Southwest Virginia.

Scott County Public Library

The summer reading program begins on Monday, June 16, with registration from 1-3 p.m. Meetings are held on Mondays, with the exception of Wednesday, June 25, when magician Joseph Young will be at Shoemaker Elementary School at 10 a.m.

Additional activities include prize drawings, bingo, Judy Butterfly, and a band or movie. The program will conclude at noon on Monday, July 21, with a pizza party at Grogan Park. Contact the library for more information, as dates, times, and locations vary.

For more information, call 276-386-3302 or email

Lee County Public Library

The summer reading program will meet on Mondays at 2 p.m., beginning on Monday, June 16, with registration and kickoff.

Summer events will include entertainment by two storytellers, one being Jerry Vencill, who has entertained audiences throughout the Southeastern United States. Additional activities include a magician, and movie at Lee Theater.

For more information, call 276-546-1141 or email

Wise County Public Library

The summer reading program begins on Wednesday, June 18, at 11 a.m. with a kickoff party which will include snacks, games and prize drawings. Brochures listing the full schedule of events will be available at registration. Other events include "Reading and Rocking with Pete the Cat," which will include dancing and prizes. Other events include a magic show, Judy Butterfly, and a storyteller.

Meeting dates are on Wednesdays at 11 a.m., with the exception of July 9, when the start time is 1 p.m. The program concludes July 30.

For more information, call 276-328-8061 or email

C. Bascom Slemp Memorial Library

The summer reading program begins with Register to Read on June 16. The summer reading program will meet on Mondays at 11 a.m. and will conclude with a pizza party on July 28.

Activities will consist of legends and tales by Mountain Man Jerry Vencill, animal stories with Linda Hartman, Judy Butterly's fun musical show, and the magic of Joseph Young. Additionally, the library will offer a movie matinee at 2 p.m., Thursdays from June 19 through July 31.

For more information, call 276-523-1334 or email

Coeburn Community Library

The summer reading program will meet on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. beginning on June 18, which is registration day.

Scheduled activities include a magic show by Joseph Young, Judy Butterfly, and Scooter the Clown. The program will conclude July 23 with a pizza party and awards.

For more information, call 276-395-6152 or email

For additional information about the Lonesome Pine Regional Library System or for a full calendar of events, visit

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