Big Thicket Messenger - May 2007
The Liberty Municipal Library is ready to “Sail Away with Books” during its 2007 Summer Reading Program, which will get underway on June 4. The six-weeks-long program is a great opportunity for children to have fun while they enhance their reading skills, and is a true bargain for parents searching for something enjoyable for their children to do close to home.
The children’s area of the library has been decorated with an eight-foot pirate ship, a light house, and other nautical visuals to go along with their “Sail Away with Books” theme. As the children read they will be awarded with weekly prizes that include a pirate treasure bag that will be filled with gold coins, jewels and other play treasures. The more children read, the more treasures they will add to their treasure bag. Other prizes will include a variety of sea creatures, games, pirate charms for bracelets and many other toys.
The library has an excellent line-up of entertainment planned. On the first activity day, June 7, Jump Rope USA performers will amaze participants with their jump rope talents. Several of these young performers were seen in the Disney Channel movie Jump In. They will perform onstage in the Humphreys-Burson Theatre.
On June 14 Austin McElroy will bring a group of talented instructors and students from Liberty/Baytown Tae Kwon Do Plus to perform their spectacular leaps, jumps, kicks and other moves. McElroy is a 5th degree Black Belt and has won over 20 international grand championships.
On June 19 Gator Country of Fannett will bring a live alligator to visit the summer readers. Co-owner Gary Saurage will introduce participants to these fascinating creatures. Gator Country is the home of Big Al, the largest alligator in captivity in Texas.
June 21 will be craft day and participants will create their own pirate hats and will enjoy other craft activities. Craft day is always popular with the participants.
Puppet Wise Productions will perform on June 28 with an all-star lineup of puppets and marionettes. Puppet Wise has performed for the Liberty summer program in past years and was a big hit with children and parents.
On July 5 Xtreme Kidz Ntertainment will set sail for the Caribbean where participants will meet up with pirates, and will then sail on to Hawaii for more adventures. Debbie Day will use puppets, props, music, and the children’s imagination to transport them on this fun-filled journey across the ocean.
Readers will enjoy receiving weekly participation prizes for reading the required number of books. Great prizes will be available for children to select from special treasure chests. At the end of the program each participating child will receive a special prize and certificate. Special achievement medals will be given to the top readers in each age group.
Parents are reminded that children who read throughout the summer return to school in the fall far ahead of their peers who have not read. Summer reading programs are an excellent way to keep children reading for enjoyment and improving their reading skills while they participate in fun activities.
The Summer Reading Program is open to all area youngsters from infant to children who have just completed the 7th grade. There is no charge to participate, but each child must have an up-to-date Liberty Municipal Library card, which is free to everyone residing within the city limits of Liberty. The fee for out-of-city residents is $10 for one card or $15 for the entire family. Out-of-city cards are valid for an entire year of reading enjoyment.
Parents are encouraged to sign up their children now to avoid lengthy lines at the beginning of the program. June 4 will be the first day to check out books for recording in children’s reading logs. Activities will e held each Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. and most performances will be held in the Humphreys-Burson Theatre.
Liberty Municipal Library hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information on the Summer Reading Program, please contact the Library at (936) 336-8901.