Summer is here, and the library is already sharing “A Universe of Stories” with members of the Summer Reading Club. And it’s not too late to get involved.

Summer reading is free and offers fun prizes for young readers who meet their goals. It’s possible to sign up for the program until Saturday, July 6. Various parts of the program are open to all children between 18 months and those entering the sixth grade, such as the Thursday special programs.

To take part in the Reading Club contest, a child must be at least 5 years old and needs to have a library card. To register and get a library card of the child’s own, all that’s needed is a parent and a proof of address, such as a bill.

A library card of your own is usually a fun thing for a child, opening the door to a world of entertainment and information, and it’s absolutely free. I still remember getting my first library card as a child at the Amory library quite a while ago and how special it felt to have that card of my own.

The “Universe of Stories” summer reading program will continue until July 13. The end program – and prize – will be on July 18.

Also during this summer at the library, there’s a schedule of special programs on Thursdays that are open to all children up to fifth graders. Sadly, Inky the Clown and the Living Reptile Museum have already happened, but still coming up are:

Thursday, June 20 – Mid-South Mammals at 2 and 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 27 – Strange Magic at 2 p.m.

Thursday, July 4 – No program; Have a great 4th.

Thursday, July 11 – Rockets and Robots at 2 p.m. (presented by Monroe County 4-H)

And then Thursday, July 18 is Mission Accomplished, with treats and prizes.

Taking part in a summer reading program is a good way to help children avoid the backwards reading skills slide that often happens during the summer months. So it’s possible to have fun and do something helpful.

So what’s for reading? The Amory Municipal Library has a fantastic children’s section. If you’ve never been there, it’s worth a visit. New books are arriving all the time. Here are a few newer ones.

“Solve This! Wild and Wacky Challenges for the Genius Engineer in You,” from National Geographic Kids

“Beyond Words: What Elephants Think and Whales Think and Feel,” by Carl Safina

“Frazzled: Minor Incidents and Absolute Uncertainties,” by Booki Vivat

“Charlie and Mouse, Even Better,” by Laurel Snyder

“Deadly Frogs!” by Meish Goldish

The library is open Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is closed on Sundays. Free regular programs are Pre-School Story Time each Thursday at 10:15 a.m. and Lunching With Books on the third Tuesday of the month.

The Amory Municipal Library is located at: 401 2nd Ave N. Call us at 256-5261 or fax 256-6321.

Judy Crump is a member of the Amory Municipal Library Board of Directors

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