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June 19, 2013

Summer reading offers a fun learning environment for kids

BRIDGE CITY — School is out for the summer, in most locations, and the annual summer reading programs are raring to go.

Local public libraries in Bridge City and Vidor have already begun their annual summer reading program, and the Orange Public Library program begins today. Each program offers children in those respective communities a great opportunity for fun, interaction with peers and education in a safe environment.

The City of Orange Public Library begins its annual summer reading program for children entering first through sixth-grade. Children will receive a book bag and a reading log at registration. Children will receive “library bucks” to spend at the Library Store during the Reading Club Carnival on Wednesday, July 31.

The program is held from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., every Wednesday from today through July 31 and will feature a variety of entertaining programs, including “Book Bash” today, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

“The main purpose of the summer reading program is to get kids to love reading and to continue reading during the summer in order to keep up their literary skills,” said Karen Phares of the Orange Public Library. “We’ve had over 130 kids register for the reading program and about 100 for our pre-school program.”

The “Read to Me” program is designed for preschool age children and is held from 10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., every Wednesday, during the regular reading program, in the Children’s Room of the Orange Public Library.

“We want the little kids to get an early start with reading, and this program is designed to do that,” Phares explained. “Hopefully, they will develop a love of reading that they will carry with them into school and beyond.”

Each week a story will be presented by a guest reader and each child attending each week will receive a “library buck” to spend at the Library Store on July 31.

Call the Orange Public Library at 409-883-1086 for information.

Other programs include “Art to Go” on June 26, “Alligators and Turtles” on July 3, “Summer Cartooning” on July 10, “A Visit with Maxine the Owl” on July 17, “Tales and Travels” on July 24, and the finale on July 31.

The Bridge City Public Library holds its weekly reading program for children with ages ranging from Pre-K through fifth grade from 11 a.m. - noon, every Wednesday inside the Bridge City Community Center.

Today’s program, “Put That Fire Out, Mr. Fireman,” will feature guest Tiffany Ivy. Other programs include “Balloon Animals Pop!” on June 26, “Pecos Bill is Not the Only Folktale” on July 10, “Therapy Dogs Caution” on July 17, “Pygmy Goats Do Like to Be Petted” on July 24 and the finale on July 31 featuring an awards ceremony and the Bridge City Strutters.

Visit www.bridgecitypubliclibrary.com or call 409-735-4242 for information.

The Vidor Public Library’s summer reading program is held from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., every Wednesday beginning today at inside the Parish Hall of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1600 N. Main in Vidor.

It’s remaining programs will be held today, then again on June 26, July 3, July 10 and the grand finale on July 24.

Prizes are available for children who read at least 20 books and keep the information on a reading log. 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.

If you are not a member of the library and want to be one please bring a valid Texas Driver’s License or Texas ID and proof of your home address. If you live outside the Vidor city limits, then there is a $10 yearly fee. For more information call 409-769-7148.

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