Summer programs offered at South Coastal Library

Reading programs for all ages continue to lead the parade of events scheduled for summer at the South Coastal Library. Each program revolves around discovering and exploring the world of science.

• Fizz, Boom, Read offered for kids up to age 12: The “Power Up with Books!” program prepares children ages 3 to third grade for success by developing language skills. Participants read for 10 hours and keep time on a reading log. Those who turn in completed logs earn a certificate, a “Fizz, Boom, Read!” T-shirt, a gift book and a surprise.

• The “Celebrate Science!” program helps build reading and language skills for children in grades 4 through grade 7. Participants read for a total of 20 hours and write the titles of the books read in a reading log. Those who turn in completed logs earn a certificate, a “Fizz, Boom, Read!” T-shirt, a gift book and a surprise!

• Story time for the Baby Bookworms (ages 2 to 3) is Wednesday and Thursday from 10 to 10:30 a.m.; and for preschoolers (ages 4 to 5) 10:45 to 11:15 a.m., and a combined group on Saturdays from 9:30 to 10 a.m. The story times may be precluded to allow special events for the children.

• Spark a Reaction, the reading program for teens ages 12 to 18, allows participants to read anything of their choice (at their grade level) for a total of 1,000 pages. A brief book review is required for each title they read. Prizes, a T-shirt, a gift book and a certificate are given when the activities have been completed.

A pizza party on June 18 will kick off the summer reading program for teens. There will be music, Wii, games, a craft and a treasure hunt. It will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (The party is provided by the Friends of the South Coastal Library, Grotto Pizza and Giant Foods of Millville.) Preregistration is required.

• Grownups can experiment with Literary Elements. A reading log must be completed, and a prize will be given to all participants. New for 2014, if three book reviews are submitted, participants will receive a dollar coupon per review toward waiving late fees (only valid at South Coastal Library and up to three per person).

Other events scheduled for early June include:

• Rain Barrel Workshop, June 12 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Participants should bring their own sizeable plastic container with a top, and Phil Miller from DNREC will help transform it into a rain barrel with a free kit. Class size is limited, and registration is required.

• In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arrival in America, “Is Paul McCartney Really Dead?” will be explored by Beatles historian Joel Glazier on June 12 from 6 to 7 p.m. Learn how some of the more popular clues fueled the rumors about the demise of Paul in the fall of 1969.

• A series of three film previews will be presented on June 16, 23 and 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. As “film critics,” each participant can help select films for the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival. Film titles and descriptions are not provided in advance, to enable attendees maintain an “open mind.” (For mature audiences, ages 18 or older.)

For additional information, contact the South Coastal Library at (302) 539-5231 or visit the website at