Summer reading programs: Fun with a purpose
With the kids out of school, lots of parents are looking for good ways for them to spend their time. A lot of them are finding it at their local library.

Librarians across the nation at public libraries stay on the alert for ways to serve their patrons, and a staple of library service is the summer reading program.

It’s a great way for the kids to spend time with other children and enjoy fun and stimulating programs. While they’re having fun, they’re also experiencing opportunities to keep their reading skills current, so they don’t lose ground over the summer.

With all the choices of subjects and variety of media available in libraries, kids are sure to find something to whet their appetites for learning or entertainment, and their parents can, too.

According to the American Library Association, 58 percent of adults in the United States have public library cards. Americans check out more than two billion items each year, including books, DVDs, audio books, and the newest offering at many libraries is e-books. Resources are available to help adults learn computer skills, conduct job searches and more. And don’t forget the most important service — the opportunity for learning is available, free, to everyone.

Summer programs can vary from one library to another. Here’s a quick rundown on schedules:

In Sylacauga, all-ages programs are offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. through July 10, and for ages 3-5, special programs are offered through July 9, except for the week of July 4. In Talladega, programs are at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday in June. In Pell City programs are at 9 and 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday in June. In Lincoln, they are at 10 a.m. every Tuesday in June. In Munford, programs are at 10 a.m. every Tuesday through July 9 except for July 2. Childersburg’s story times are Thursdays in June at 1 p.m., and other programs are also being offered.

We hope those with kids consider the special summer programs being offered at their local library.

But even if you don’t have kids, if you haven’t been in a while, isn’t it about time for a visit?

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