Library Summer Reading Program
Hancock County Library System’s 2015 Summer Reading Program continues this week, beginning with Superhero Bingo at the Waveland Public Library on Monday, June 15 at 10:30 a.m. Instead of searching for numbers on the bingo card, children will be looking for superhero names and powers.
The Audubon ZOOmobile will visit the Pearlington Public Library on Tuesday, June 16 at 10:30 a.m. Sponsored in part by Shell, the ZOOmobile brings the wonders of the natural world by interactive presentation and hands-on animal encounters. Children will learn about non-native, exotic animals, from rainforest animals in need of protection due to habitat loss to threatened species from around the world. Children will learn that all animals of the world are important and need our help.
Young gardeners will learn how to be a local hero by gardening and helping our community. Join us Tuesday, June 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Bay Books for a storytelling of The Curious Garden by Peter Brown, followed by gardening-themed activities, snacks and door prizes. This event is co-sponsored by the Hancock County Library System and Bay Books.
Christian Stephenson, with Mississippi State Extension Service, will be on hand to show children the science behind the superheroes. Two opportunities to see this program will be offered: Wednesday, June 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library, and Thursday, June 18 at 10:30 a.m. at the Kiln Public Library. Stephenson will show children the science of Spider-Man’s web, Wolverine’s claws, and Captain America’s shield, with an eye to whether any of these could exist in real life.
The Audubon Institute’s AquaVan will visit the East Hancock County Library on Friday, June 19 at 10:30 a.m. It brings the excitement of the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas into the library. Children will be able to explore the natural treasures of a tropical rainforest, discover an ocean teeming with life, and even meet some animal neighbors from their own backyard. The AquaVan comes with amazing live animals, enthusiastic presenters, and interactive hands-on displays.
The Marvel Movie Marathon continues Saturday, June 20 at 10 a.m. at the Pearlington Public Library, and Saturday, June 20 at 10 a.m. at the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library. Call your library to find out the name of the movies.
The Summer Reading Program is open to children 6-11 years of age. Children and teens can join by visiting their favorite branch and registering at the Customer Service Desk. Children that register for the program need only check out at least fifteen (15) books between May 18 and June 26 to receive a completion prize. Books, magazines, graphic novels, comics, online articles, newspapers, reading aloud to children all count towards the goal.
Students in grades 7 through 12 may participate in the library’s Teen Summer Reading Program, Unmask. For every book they read (up to 20), and every teen program they attend, they earn a prize entry. Participants in the teen program have the opportunity to win an iPad Mini, which will be given out at the ComicCon Finale Party on Wednesday, July 1 (must be present to win),
Toddlers, newborn to 5 years, can attend the library’s Rubber Ducky Club, which runs at each branch on the same day as the children’s programs. Age appropriate activities for toddlers will coincide with the regular summer reading program events. All toddler programs begin at 10:30 a.m. Activities will vary week to week and may include coloring, arts and crafts, outdoor play, and storytime.
For more information about the Summer Reading Program, call 467-5282.