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Summer Reading Program Kickoff today at library

May 29, 2019
By MEGHAN BRADBURY ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The East County Regional Library is gearing up for this year's Summer Reading Program with the first kickoff party this afternoon.

The 2019 Summer Reading Program Kickoff will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, outside on the east lawn at the East County Regional Library, 881 Gunnery Road.

"We have all this land out here," East County Regional Library Senior Librarian Head of Youth Services Angela Hall said, adding that they thought they would "utilize it and do it up big. It's something new for us and we are excited about it."

The official registration for this year's Summer Reading Program, "A Universe of Stories" begins on May 28. Summer Reading Program runs through Aug. 10.

"We will be signing people up at the kickoff and signing people up for their library cards, too," Hall said.

She said typically people would come to the library to register for the summer reading program, but this year they really wanted to get the community involved because it is all about building relationships.

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"We are bringing in local businesses to help us with the celebration," she said.

Food trucks will also be part of the celebration with ethnic fare including Jamaican, American and Mexican foods, as well as desserts. In addition, the Tice Fire Department, Lee County Sheriff's Department and Community Cooperative will be on hand. Hall said Community Cooperative will bring its big food truck and hand out food to the community.

The kickoff party is a way they can give back to the community while promoting summer reading, she said.

When kids and adults sign up for the 2019 Summer Reading Program they will receive one free book.

"It's their free book to have. A lot of times they don't have the opportunity to own their own book," Hall said of youngsters. "They can kick start their love of reading with their very own book. Adults can register for summer reading. They would get a free book as well. It is a family community event."

Hall said they are refreshing their collection, bringing in newer and fresher stuff into the library. She said the youth service children are able to see more books and characters that look like them.

"We are adding more diversity to the collection," Hall said.

The community also has an option to visit to keep track of what they are reading during the summer while earning badges along the way.

"Summer reading is a way to keep the kids motivated and not lose any momentum of what they have learned during the school year . . . to keep them moving forward," Hall said.

There are a plethora of programs offered throughout the Summer Reading Program, which officially kicks off at East Lee County Library on Monday, June 10, with "Explore Your Inner Space" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The adult program will teach participants how to find and identify quality, reliable heath information both in the library and online.

On Tuesday, June 11, the program "Super Science," for kindergarten to fifth grade students, will be held from 11 a.m. to noon and "Universe of Trivia Showdown," for sixth to 12th grade, will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Family Storytime will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, June 19, and June 26, July 10, July 17 and July 24. The storytime consists of talking, singing, reading, writing and playing for those aged birth to preschool.

"Families are welcome up to five years," Hall said.

The first of the "Family Movie Matinee" will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. for those age 0 to 18. The following "Family Movie Matinee" will be held for teens in grades sixth through 12th from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 29.

"The Movie Matinee is space related. Kids can bring their own snack and they can eat while watching and enjoying the movie," Hall said.

On Tuesday, June 18, "A Universe of Myths" will be held from 11 a.m. to noon for kindergarten to fifth grade students and "Teen Yoga and Mindful Coloring" will be held for sixth to 12th grade students from 1 to 2 p.m.

Hall said last year they did crafting for teens, but this year they wanted to expose them to something they have not done before, which turned into offering yoga.

The next program featuring "STEAM Storytime" will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22. The storytime, geared towards kindergarten through fifth grade students, will feature science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

From 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, June 25, "Joey and Alex Magic" will be featured at the library for kindergarten through fifth grade students. The comedy magic show "The Reader's Guide to the Galaxy" will take audience members through magic, comedy, puppets, balloon artistry and audience participation.

"Marvel-ous Bingo" will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, for those in sixth through 12th grade. Teens will test their knowledge of the Marvel universe.

"It's bingo with Marvel superhero's," Hall said.

The next program, "The Night Sky" will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, for teens and adults. The Southwest Florida Astronomical Society is presenting the program, which will allow participants to observe the moon and planets.

A program Hall is excited about "Marvel Escape Room" will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23. Teens will help the Avengers stop Thanos by finding and collecting the Infinity Stones.

"My team has done an outstanding job. I have to give them all the credit," Hall said of the Summer Reading Programs. "Our young adult librarian came from a public library system in Indiana. She brought a log of great ideas. Everyone has excellent ideas for programming, storytime and outreach for the community."



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