(Orange, Texas)

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June 11, 2014

Summer reading programs promote fun and learning

ORANGE — Parents looking for entertaining activities for children during the summer need only turn to their local library.

Area libraries in Orange, Bridge City and Vidor are offering summer reading programs as a way to keep youth occupied and their reading skills sharp during the summer vacation months. This year’s theme is “Fizz Boom Read!” and will feature weekly programs that are often educational, informative and always entertaining.

The Orange Public Library’s Summer Reading program begins Wednesday, June 18, and is for children in first grade through sixth grade. It is being offered from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., every Wednesday, through July 30 in the meeting room of the library.

Programs include “Go Wild!” on June 18, “Science Superstars” by the DuPont Science Superstars on July 2, and “Science In-Action!” by Shangri La Botanical Garden and Nature Center.

The “Reading Club Carnival,” the conclusion and celebration of the program, will be held from 10 a.m. until noon, Wednesday, July 30, and will include games, awards, and “Library Bucks” children receive for submitting their reading log and can redeem the same day inside the Library store.

The purpose of the reading program, according to Karen Phares, Children’s Services at the Orange Public Library, is to encourage students to read throughout the summer in order to maintain and increase reading skills they have developed during the previous school year.

“The Orange Public Library would like to encourage children of all ages to enjoy the summer by reading books of their choice,” Phares said. “Whether keeping track of the amount of time children spend reading or the number of books they have read this summer, children who join the Summer Reading Program keep their minds active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and ready to succeed.”

The Orange Public Library will once again offer its “Read to Me” program for Pre-school children from 10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., every Wednesday, from June 18 through July 30.

The program features a story-time event with a guest reader in the children’s room. Children receive a library buck for attendance and when reading and listening logs are turned in by July 21. Logs will be distributed when each child registers.

As a prelude to the Summer Reading Program, the Orange Public Library is holding a Scholastic Book Fair from now through Friday, June 20, during regular library hours. Credits earned from the book fair, which is being sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will be used to purchase books for the library and reading incentives for its programs.

Library cards are not required, but they are free for City of Orange residents. Non-residents may purchase a student card for $5. Call the Orange Public Library at 409-883-1086 for more information.

The Bridge City Public Library Summer Reading program is for children ages Pre-K through fifth grade and is held from 11 a.m. until noon, every Wednesday, through July 23. There will be no program on Wednesday, July 2, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.

The library will feature a variety of entertaining and education weekly programs, including “Traveling Trunk” featuring Gayle Stephens of Kirby-Hill House on June 11, a program on “Culture and Dance” on Native Americans by Regina Smith on June 18, “Animals of Southeast Texas” featuring Stephanie Herrin of the Museum of the Gulf Coast, and “Maxine the Owl” featuring Ellen Dacy of Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center.

The library recommends children read at least 15 minutes each day and keep a reading log of time and days books are read. The log must be returned by July 16 for participants to receive recognition during the awards ceremony on July 23. Call 409-735-4242 or visit for information.

The Vidor Public Library reading program, which is offered to children through age 17, is held from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., every Wednesday, inside the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Parish Hall, 1600 N. Main St. in Vidor throughout June and July. There will not be a program on Wednesday, July 16.

The Vidor Public Library’s Summer Reading Program continues with a program by Mary Kay Manning of the Big Thicket as children make pine cone bird feeders on June 11, and a very entertaining program featuring John O’Bryant the Magic Dork on June 18. Shangri La will hold a fun science program on June 25, BreAnn Klages of Air Product and Chemicals Inc. will offer a variety of fun experiments with dry ice and other substances on July 2, and Jennifer Restauri of the Stark Museum of Art will hold a program on optical illusions on July 9. The grand finale celebration will be held from 10 a.m. until noon, July 23.

Prizes are available for children who read at least 20 books and keep the information on a reading log. All reading logs are due by July 11. Children will receive an entry for the grand prizes after 20 books are read, and then another entry for each additional 10 books up to 100 books total.

Call the Vidor Public Library at 409-769-7148 for more information.

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