Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Summer readers dream big

Sky, dreams and wishes

Dream on, readers—The Community Library in Ketchum will help young readers realize their dreams through reading this summer.

The theme of the 2012 summer reading program is "Dream Big—Read."

Readers will learn all about nighttime, the night sky and space while also reading about dreams and wishes. The theme will be incorporated in everything from stories to crafts, music, dance and other activities throughout the summer.

Children's librarian Helen Morgus said children are eligible to compete for prizes by recording the number and titles of which books they read. Librarians are always available to help choose books that fit the theme, Morgus said.

The 2012 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through high school, with programs, prize drawings, story hours, a reading club and more.

Families are invited to sign up for the "Read-To-Me" portion of the program.

In addition, the library will continue its weekly Science Story Hour Tuesdays at 11 a.m. for kids ages 3 and up, as well as its weekly story hour on Saturdays at 10 a.m. followed at 11 a.m. by Paws to Read—reading with certified therapy dogs.

Registration for the Summer Reading Program begins on Monday, May 28. The Summer Program runs from June 4-Aug. 3. There is a celebration party following the end of the program for readers and their families. All participants earn certificates after completion.

For more information, call The Community Library at 726-7355 or visit its website at the All programs are free.

Hailey summer program

The Hailey Public Library (788-2036) is also being ambitious with its summer reading theme of "Dream Big—Read."

Participants entering grades 1-8 this fall will receive their packets during the June 25-30 registration week. Readers will earn prizes and enter raffles as they complete portions of their reading assignments.

The reading logs will be started on July 9 and will continue into August.

There will be a family fun party at the end to celebrate successful completion of the program. The party will feature reptile expert Corbin Maxey, who will show off his albino Burmese Python as well as an alligator, tortoise and iguana.

Story hours are held every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. throughout the summer.

Hailey Library hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit

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