Summer reading program to start

By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer

A world of reading and adventure await area children as the annual Portales Public Library’s summer reading program “Camp Read A-lot” begins on Monday.

The seven-week program will kick off with registration and a jumping house that will be in front of the library from 10 a.m. to noon, said Stephanie Levin, Youth Services Librarian.

The reading program will offer a variety of activities in which the children can participate. Crafts will be offered, along with special performers who will come in and perform for the children. Movies and popcorn will be offered on Fridays, said Levin.

“We’ve planned something for each age group. All the programs are free,” Levin said.

Though registration is not required, those that do will be able to keep a reading log that can be redeemed for prizes at the end of the program. This allows the children the opportunity to keep track of and read books that they enjoy, while maintaining their reading skills, Levin said.

“This keeps them (children) reading, and just reading for fun,” Levin said.

On June 11, local performer and county commissionere Bill Cathey will be on hand to demonstrate tricks with a bull whip and rope.
Cathey, who has performed at the library in the past, will share with the children how he learned to do rope tricks by reading, he said.
“It’s a l ot of fun and encourages them (children) to read,” Cathey said.

Also at the library is a Brain Teasers exhibit that children and adults alike can try. The exhibit will be at the library until July 18, and is on display courtesy of the Explorers Children’s Museum in Albuquerque, Levin said.

“It’s nice that they chose our library to be a host,” Levin said of the exhibit.

According to Levin, others scheduled to perform throughout the program are Andy Mason, Travis Erwin and Jamie O’Hara. Internet access is also available for those who visit the library. This allows many of the children the opportunity to stay connected with family and friends, Levin said.

“Kids are out of school and the library is a wonderful place for them to go,” Levin said.