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Summer reading programs to start in June

ORANGE — Summer has officially begun for most area school students, and the annual summer reading programs are ready to go.
Local public libraries in Orange Bridge City and Vidor are preparing their annual summer reading programs for area school children. 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, “Every Hero Has a Story,” on June 10 for children entering first through sixth-grade. Children will receive a reading log at registration. Children will receive “library bucks” to spend at the Library Store during the Reading Club Carnival on Wednesday, July 22.
The program is held from 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., every Wednesday from June 10 through July 22 and will feature a variety of entertaining programs. Registration begins Monday, June 1.
Programs include a live animal presentation by Gary and Jana Saurage of Gator Country on June 10, “Heros without Capes” on June 17, the always popular Science Superstars on June 24, “Wild West Heros” on July 1, Basic Cartooning with Mike Artell on July 8 and “Captain America’s All American Reading Show” on July 15.
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.
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 from 10 a.m. – noon, Wednesday, July 22.
For older students in seventh-grade through twelfth-grade, the Orange Public Library will offer the “Escape the Ordinary! 2015 Young Adult and Teen Summer Reading Program. Registration begins on Monday, June 1. Programs will take place from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., every Tuesday, from June 9 – July 21, inside the library’s Ira Williamson Meeting Room. The programs will include crafts, games, movies, snacks, reading incentives and author and illustrator, Mike Artell, as a special guest.
Call the Orange Public Library at 409-883-1086 for information.
The Bridge City Public Library holds its weekly “Every Hero Has a Story” reading program for children from Pre-K through fifth-grade from 11 a.m. – noon, every Wednesday, from June 10 through July 22 inside the Bridge City Community Center. However, the June 10 program will begin at 10 a.m. instead of 11 a.m. and there is no program on July 1.
Registration is Tuesday, June 2, through Tuesday, June 9 and all participants will receive a timed reading log. All reading logs must be returned by July 15. Preschool children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during each program.
Programs include Mobile Dairy-Cows on June 10, insects with the Houston Museum on June 17, Tiger Martial Arts on June 24, Under the Sea with the Gulf Coast Museum on July 8, a visit by Maxine the Owl from Shangri La on July 15, and the awards ceremony on July 22.
Visit www.bridgecitypubliclibrary.com or call 409-735-4242 for information.
The Vidor Public Library is holding registration now for its summer reading program, “Every Hero Has a Story,” which begins this Wednesday, June 3. The program is held from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., every Wednesday, from June 3 through July 8, at inside the Parish Hall of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1600 N. Main in Vidor. The grand finale event is set for Wednesday, July 22.
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.