Summer Books, Events Await At Regional Library

POTTSTOWN PA – The “Build A Better World” summer reading program at the Pottstown Regional Public Library, 500 E. High St., launches with a kick-off party June 13 (2017; Tuesday) at 6 p.m. that includes a building workshop, planting table, recycled crafts, games, door prizes and snacks. The event is free to attend and open to the public. Parking is available behind the building.

The party ushers in summer reading experiences that have been planned since the March arrival of Lisa Kraljevich as the library’s new head of youth services, Director Susan Davis reports. Kraljevich, formerly of the Boone Area Library in Birdsboro, expects to make use of Pottstown’s now refurbished building, including its renovated first floor and streamlined children’s department.

Free family programs are scheduled throughout the summer on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. at the library. No advance registration is required. A list of events for all ages (below) is available on the library website, and in printed materials distributed inside the library.

Joining this year’s summer reading program is easy too. Starting June 12 (Monday), readers up to age 18 may pick up an activity log in the children’s department at the library. They can choose from three different participation levels: pre-readers, children who cannot yet read on their own; elementary readers, those who are in elementary school; and teen readers, those in Middle or High School.

As participants mark their progress on the activity log they earn prizes for their efforts. All children who complete and return their entire activity log before August 19 will be entered into grand prize drawings.

For parents, Kraljevich noted, summer reading benefits children by motivating them to read; developing positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library; providing access to experiences that both advance their sense of discovery and in which they can learn to work cooperatively; and maintaining reading skills during summer vacation. Studies indicate students can lose two months of reading achievement in the summer.

Summer Books, Events Await At Regional Library

Graphic from the Pottstown Regional Public Library