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June 18, 2014

County libraries hosting several events for children

Athens — Summer reading programs are a great way to encourage your child to read over the summer months.

The Institute of Reading Development says, “Many children lose ground in reading over the summer, and begin the school year at a level lower than what they achieved the previous year.”

Teachers and literacy experts agree that reading throughout the summer helps students retain skills learned during the school year.

Summer leaves a lot of time for kids to enjoy fun activities, but reading can be fun.

Local libraries are encouraging children to keep up their reading by participating in a “Summer Reading Program.” 

The Henderson County Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library invites children to experience the excitement of its summer reading event with this year's theme, 'Fizz, Boom, Read.'

The HC Library reading program started on June 12, and will last until Aug. 7. Those who participate will receive their own personal reading log to take home to record the titles of the books they have read.

After completing the reading log they can return it to the library for a  prize. In addition to receiving a prize, their name will be put in a drawing for a grand prize.

In addition to reading books and qualifying for prizes, the library offers special events on Thursdays at 11 a.m.  Those events include: BooCoos the Clown; Science Fun with Ms. Keys; Fire Safety with the Athens Fire Department; Creature Teacher; Summer Savings with Meshell; Cool School with Ms. Maria; Ice Cream Day with Southwest Dairy Farms; and Music with Mike.

The Summer Movie Marathon will take place on Thursday at 3 p.m. Movies include Finding Nemo, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Wreck-it-Ralph, Shrek, Walking with Dinosaurs, Brave, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Lego Movie.

For more information on the HC Library, or to pick up a schedule of upcoming attractions, call 903-677-7295. Visit the library at 121 S. Prairieville St., Athens.

The Chandler Public Library Summer Reading will be held on Friday at the Chandler Community Center at 1 p.m. The topics for this summer include: Fishy Science; Miss Maria; Sizzling Science; and Korn Pop. 

To find out what the Chandler Library has to offer call 903-849-4122. The Chandler Community Center is located at 811 State Highway 31 East. Cjamd;er.

The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, located on State Highway 334 in Seven Points, will host story time every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and Movie Mondays at 1 p.m. The Ringling Bros. Clowns, Kelly and Beck, will be at the Library on Monday, July 7 at 1 p.m.

The Library at Cedar Creek Lake will have an “End of Summer Party” on Tuesday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information about the Summer Reading Program call the  Library at Cedar Creek Lake, 903-432-4185.

Tri-County Library in Mabank's Summer Program's entrainment is on Thursday at 11 a.m. Topics for the library include Dru Woods Storyteller Unleashed, Cook School with Ms. Maria, The Mobile Dairy Classroom, High Hope Balloons with Jason Vaughn, Mark Shelton Solo Percussionist, Craft/Game Day and The Creature Teacher.

The Library will have a drawing for a bicycle on July 31, along with a pizza party.

Find out about the Tri-County Library Summer Reading Program,  903-887-9622.

It's never too late to take advantage of the opportunities at your local library.

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