Throckmorton Library kicked off its annual summer reading program with a twist, June 14. “Professor Twist,” Chris Burch, delighted Fort Bragg Families with fairy tales, magic and balloon art during the celebration. From a re-telling of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” to having the audience participate in the tale of the “Princess and the Frog,” Professor Twist used art and design to engage Families.
The storytelling fit perfectly with this year’s summer reading program theme of “Reading by Design.” The program highlights architecture, building and all types of design, explained Natasha Dass-Ford, supervisory librarian.
She said it also encourages involvement in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math curriculum. To facilitate this participation, the library will hold STEAM programs on June 30 and July 21 at 10 a.m. in addition to weekly, interactive story times.
On top of taking part in these engaging sessions, youth can also earn prizes based on their summer reading. Dass-Ford said her team encourages children to read for 20 minutes a day and mark off their reading time. They can earn prizes for every four hours of reading time accrued. These prizes include a light-up bouncing ball, spin wand, water bottle and backpack.
Teens participating in the program receive a bingo card to track their summer reading, and can get BINGO by reading and marking off different genres on the card. They can win a laser pen, wooden building kit or Lego KNEX kit.
According to Dass-Ford, the goal of Throckmorton’s summer series is to promote reading so children don’t lose those skills during the extended break from school.
One Family member is planning to dive right into the program. Brianna Seymore, 10, said she hopes to read 20 books this summer and likes earning prizes.
This is just what the librarians want to hear.
“Come on in, read, have fun,” said Dass-Ford. “That’s what it’s all about.”