Children can have fun and earn prizes while keeping their reading skills sharp with free summer reading programs at the White Salmon Valley Community Library.
The library's summer reading program, themed "Catch the Reading Bug!" runs June 1 through Aug. 31.
Children up to age 12 years old can sign-up and receive a summer reading activity booklet, reading log, bookmark, stickers, and events schedule. For every five hours of reading logged, participants can visit the library to receive a certificate of achievement and a prize. Completion of each additional five hours of reading earns another prize (while supplies last).
In addition to earning exciting prizes, don't forget to attend the special programs for the whole family, beginning June 19.
All of the programs are in the library's Sprint/Baker Gallery, with the exception of Rick Meyers' Old- Time Music Show at the Bingen City Park.
Here's the line-up:
Thursday, June 19, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m., Creature Feature show. An unforgettable journey into the world of reptiles and big bugs! Learn about these fascinating creatures and their habits while having loads of fun!
Thursday, June 26, 2 p.m., JuggleMania with Rhys Thomas. What do you get when you combine the circus, juggling and comedy? JuggleMania! Prepare to be dazzled by comedy and daring feats in this delightful show.
Thursday, July 3, T-shirt silkscreening with Sophie the Otter. Come anytime between 1 and 3 p.m. with a light-colored T-shirt and create a "buggy" shirt to wear all summer long!
Thursday, July 10, 7 p.m., Rick Meyers' Old-Time Music Show at the Bingen City Park. Learn how the pioneers created folk music. Don't miss your chance to hear music played on household items such as a washboard, musical saw, spoons, and the ever-popular noisewhistle. Families are welcome to bring a blanket and picnic supper!
Thursday, July 17, 2 p.m. Sing along and dance along to wonderful songs, finger-plays, and guitar music with Lynne Mitchell and Bill Haas.
Thursday, July 24, 2 p.m. Listen as Alton Chung weaves tales of suspense and magic from Asia and Hawaii, from traditional folktales to ancient legends.
Thursday, July 31, 2 p.m. Learn juggling, balancing and hula hoop control with Zephyr Brown. Be prepared to move and feel good!
Thursday, August 7, 2 p.m. You won't believe your eyes with MAD SCIENCE! In this interactive science discovery program, the "Mad Scientist" will guide you through a series of activity-oriented experiments exploring the worlds of physical and chemical science.
Stay for cookies and punch provided by the Friends of the Library.
For more information call 493-1132.