Prendergast Library To Host Summer Reading Program

The Children’s Room has board games and toys for families to play with.

The James Prendergast Library’s annual summer reading challenge aims to keep children and adults reading all summer long.

The “Libraries Rock” Summer Reading Challenge is all about music and creativity. Library officials said they hope to help children maintain their reading skills and avoid the “summer slide.”

Children, teens and adults are welcome to participate. Children and teens can earn free books and grand prize entries for each reading log they complete. Adults earn a grand prize entry for each book they read. The grand prizes this year for children are two bikes and Lego set. Teens can compete for a $25 iTunes gift card, and the prize for adults is a $50 Shoptauqua gift check.

Children and teens can also earn grand prize entries and free books by completing in-library activities. The library will feature a variety of activities in the Children’s Room each day, such as arts and crafts, games and music-themed projects.

Reading logs will be available to pick up at the library, starting June 23 at the Summer Reading Challenge kickoff. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with outdoor games and lemonade on the library’s front lawn.

Throughout the summer, the library will run expanded programming to encourage early literacy. First years story time will be held at 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for children from birth to three years. The library will offer early learning story time Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for children ages three to five.

Older and younger siblings are also welcome at story time. Story time at the library include early literacy tips for parents, songs, stories and open play time with education-based toys. The library will also offer STEM-related programming for children all summer. Minecraft Club is on Mondays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and the Makerspace will be open on Tuesdays through Fridays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The Makerspace features activities such as Lego, robotics, arts and crafts and 3D printing.