Summer reading program starts Monday

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff

Joining the list of local places that will be providing summer entertainment for children is the Portales Public Library.
Youth Services Librarian Stephanie Levin said the activities are designed to combat boredom and maintain reading skills.

“Every year we have a summer reading program for the kids when school is out and this year our theme is, ‘Lasting Impressions and Dino-mite Days,’” Levin said.

Each day there will be activities for children ages 5 and up:
• Mondays, tale time
• Tuesdays, art adventures
• Wednesdays, story-time and crafts will be for preschool children under the age of 5
• Thursdays, teen activity day for ages 10 and up
• Fridays, a movie will be shown, popcorn provided.
Guest speakers will also be part of the program. Some of them are new and others have come during previous summers.

“Kathy Durand, who teaches at Eastern New Mexico University, will talk to the kids about bones,” Levin said. “That is always a favorite. The kids really enjoy what she shows them, (they think) the bones are pretty interesting.”
Levin’s assistant, Alicia Johnson, enjoys when they have guests come to the program.

“I like the presenters that we have.We’ve got a lot of new ones coming this year,” Johnson said.

Some other guests will be Smokey the Bear and the Lubbock Science Spectrum.

The program draws approximately 150 children including members of their regular reading program.

“There’s something for them to do everyday. They can always come to the library,” Levin said.

Registration begins on Monday and will continue throughout the program.

A jumping house will be at the library from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

Program information is available at the library or by calling 356-3940.

The Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the New Mexico State Library.