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Libraries kick off summer

• Variety of summertime programs dominate local library schedules

May 26, 2012
By KIM LOCCISANO - Staff Writer ( , Times Leader

The local library can easily become one of your favorite places to spend a little time as it generally offers something for just about everyone, and it is usually available free of charge.

A quick check of your local library's website, as the official start of summer programs is just around the corner, may very well provide so many popular options that the trouble will be there is too much to do and not enough time to do it all - and it is all free. Certainly a pleasant change when considering the alternative might easily be, "Mom! I'm bored. There's nothing to do, and its only the second day of summer vacation!"

Local library staffers have been busily wrapping up the final details of their respective location's summer season of programs and activities and are now inviting area families to find a few minutes to stop in and sign up.

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St. Clairsville Public Library’s Children’s Manager Danielle Francis is looking forward so sharing a memorable experience with summer reading program participants who will be entering grades 4 and up when they visit the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University as part of the summer-long program. There will be no charge to participants for the outing. A minimum of 16 children will be needed for the program to happen. Additional information is available by visiting the library in downtown St. Clairsville.

Most area libraries ask adults to stop at the library in the coming days in order to sign their young family member up for the Summer Reading Program.

Once a child is signed up for the summer program, they can pick and choose what events and activities at the library they want to participate in over the coming months, with no scheduling commitments or long term obligations.

Most area libraries have a variety of programs available, each generally targeting a specific age group.

The Martins Ferry Public Library System includes branch locations: the Bridgeport Public Library, the Shadyside Public Library, the Bethesda Public Library, the Powhatan Point Public Library and the Victoria Read Public Library in Flushing.

Additionally many communities across the region have their own local library resources, and those include the St. Clairsville Public Library, the Hutton Memorial Library in Barnesville, and the Bellaire Public Library, to name just a few.

The key resources available to patrons at each library begin with the library staff and volunteers. Questions about scheduling, registration needs, and more are readily available either by visiting your local library, calling for information or checking information on the web.

"Dream Big - Read" is the overall theme for the children's and teen's programming statewide. Martins Ferry Public Library's summer reading program includes the following highlights:

The Bridgeport Library's Summer Reading programs include the following highlights: June 19 - Pajama Party; June 26 - The Magic in You with Penny Whoolery; July 3 - Manners with Penny Whoolery; July 10 - Oglebay Zoo Animals Visit; July 17 - Let's Get Creative with Arts & Crafts; July 24 - Magician Dennis Regling; July 31- Celebrate Reading. Call 740-635-2563.

The Shadyside Public Library's schedule includes Storytime on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Highlights of the schedule include the following: June 12 - Dreams and Wishes; June 19 - By The Light of the Moon; June 26 - Night Owls; July 19 - Night Adventures; July 17 - Night Time Critters; and on July 24 - Pajama Party.

The library's Summer Reading program will meet at various times, based on the individual program being offered that day. Highlights of the schedule include the following: June 12, 10 a.m. - Good Zoo Animals Come for a Visit; June 19, 10 a.m. - Shoot for the Stars; June 30, 11 a.m. - Watercolor painting with Diana Holcombe from the Center of Music and Art; July 10, 9 p.m. - View the Stars with Us! with the help of the Oglebay Astronomy Club and their telescopes. Both adults and children are invited to participate; July 17, 10 a.m. - The Magic in You; July 24, 10 a.m. - Learn Good Manners with Penny Whoolery from Crossroads Counseling.

Families are invited to enjoy movies at the library throughout the summer with a program starting at 2 p.m. and another at 5:30 p.m. on the following schedule: June 18, June 25, July 9, July 16, and July 23.

Everyone is invited to visit the Shadyside Library on July 28 from 1-3 p.m. to enjoy a picnic. Guests are asked to bring a covered dish and chairs. Call 740-676-0506.

The Powhatan Point Public Library will present the following Summer Reading programs on Wednesdays at 10 a.m., with the exception of the July 25 program, which will be held at 6 p.m. Highlights of the program schedule include; June 6 - Pirate Fun with Jim Ellis as Captain Greybeard; June 13 - Dream BIG! Robert strong from the SMART Center in Wheeling will take participants on a lunar mission and share hands on demonstrations; June 20 - Shoot for the Stars, with Lisa Schlanz; June 27 -- Find The Magic in You with Penny Whoolery; July 11 - Learn Good Manners with the help of Penny Whoolery; July 18 - Animals from the Good Zoo Visit; and July 25 - Rock Wall Climbing will be enjoyed with families as well. Call 740-795-4624.

The Summer Reading program schedule at The Victoria Read Library in Flushing will meet Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. Participants who sign-up early will have already earned a prize. Schedule highlights include: June 6 - Let's Start Dreaming; June 13 - Dream Big: Find the Magic in You with Penny Whoolery; June 20 - Night! Night! Nocturla animals from the Good Zoo will visit; June 27 - Dreams of Treasure! Help Captain Graybeard and his crew find treasure and more; July 11 - Dreams and Wishes of Freedom! July 18 - Learn Good Manners with Penny Whoolery; July 25 - Magician Dennis Regling will visit. A special snack and prize will be shared with participants. Call 740-968-3891.

The Bethesda Public Library's Summer Reading Program details are available by calling the library at 740-484-4532.

The St. Clairsville Public Library also offers programs and activities for the entire family's enjoyment. Signups for programs have deadlines as some have a limited number of participants. Information is available at the library.

The Summer Reading and the Read-to-Me program schedule highlights include the following.

Call 740-695-2062 for information.

The summer season is also a busy one for the entire family at the Bellaire Public Library. Details of all activities and programs are available by contacting the library or checking online.

Children's activities at the library include the following highlights from the Summer Reading program. They begin at 1:30 p.m. unless directed otherwise.

June 15 - Fly with the Birds, includes a visit from Oglebay Institute; June 22 - Children's author and former area resident JoAnn Davis will read her new book, "Finding Pepper." Books will be available for sale, and the author will be personally signing books; July 6 - Dream Big, will include a touch of magic to share; July 13 - Dream Big, the fun of using good manners will be shared; July 20 - A music program will be enjoyed; July 27 - Animals! Animals! Oglebay Institute will present the program.

On a slightly different note, the no pre-registration format of the favorite program, Storyhour, continues to be offered in the summer schedule and attendance is open to children ages 4-6.

Children's Librarian Marnice Gooch recommends the Storytime as a great experience to share with visiting family and friends over the summer months, as there is no advance registration required and it is also offered free of charge to the public, as are all other children's programs in the summer. Call 740- 676-9421.

It's obvious - there is something for everyone at your local library this summer. Call or stop by and get your summer vacation off on the right foot.



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