Get ready to have fun and games, and crack open a few books along the way this summer with the Strathmore Municipal Library’s Summer Reading Program. Registration for the program opens on this Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m.

We spoke with Summer Reading Program co-ordinators Luke Schramm, Karissa Carlson and Jeannie Nelson about the importance of the program for area kids.

Nelson said, “In the summer kids are not at school, they may fall off on their reading progress, so this is a good opportunity to stay on track of that and get some extra knowledge in during the summer months, in a fun and engaging way.”

The way it all works is that kids come into the library and participate in a combination of games, crafts and reading. They are hoping to also offer one-on-one reading that runs parallel to the reading program.

“We'll have reading logs available so anyone could can come in and pick up a reading lot even if you're not actually registered in the program. Any kid can join and compete for prizes. What happens is as they fill out their reading logs. They can bring it back to us. We'll tally the minutes and there will be prizes for each age group depending on the total minutes read. You really want to try and get as many minutes in as you can,” Carlson said.

Carlson noted that this year’s theme will be ‘Once Upon a Time'. The program will focus on activities around myths and legends. “But not just your classic fairy tales wer’e looking at different things from around the world, mythical creatures, magic, a lot of different things.

Schramm explained that they do encourage people to register as early as possible because there are multiple time slots that will be available. “There are different time slots, so the earlier you register, the more likely you are to get your preferred choice of times slot for your kid or yourself.”

On Tuesday will be Kindergarten to Grade 2 with the first group at 10:30 am to noon and the second group from 1 to 2:30 p.m. On Wednesdays will be Grade 3 and 4 with the same time slots, then on Thursday Grade 5 and 6 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and in the afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. will be the teen summer reading club.

The program will begin on July 4th and runs until August 19th.

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