Reading programs are offering relief from the heat and potential summer boredom at a number of local libraries, including at the Selbyville Public Library.
The Selbyville library’s staff is inviting children and teens to start signing up for the Fantastic Summer Reading Program to keep track of their reading and receive rewards. They can also enjoy fun activities and get prizes for their reading, said Lori Ingram of the Selbyville Public Library. Children and families can also enjoy Movie Mondays, Craft Times, Storytimes and other programs.
Monday Movies are designed to be fun for the whole family, starting at 2 p.m. each week. Coming up next on July 16 is “Night at the Museum,” which is rated PG; on July 23, “Where the Wild Things Are,” rated PG; July 30, “Bed Knobs & Broomsticks,” rated G; Aug. 6, “The Dark Crystal,” rated PG; and on Aug. 13, “Legend of the Guardians,” rated PG.
Craft Time is held on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and is for children ages 4-11. They vary in subject matter each week. Tuesday, July 17, is Masks. July 24 is Didgerido Sound Makers. July 31 is Balloon Lanterns. Aug. 7 is Decorate Your Own Bag. Aug. 14 is Bug Houses. Aug. 21 is Yarn Balls. Aug. 28 is Bottle Firefly. Sept. 4 is tie-dye T-shirts (bring your own shirts). Sept. 11 is Birdhouses. Sept. 18 is Make Your Own Snake, and Sept. 25 is Design Your Own Buttons.
On Thursday, July 12, two members of the Delmarva Shorebirds baseball team will be on hand for reading and autographs. Ingram said “Sherman,” the team mascot, may even make an appearance.
On Friday, July 13, at 2 p.m., the library will feature the artists Big Faces. On July 19 at 2 p.m., participants can learn sign language with Leerah. July 26 at 6 p.m. is Didgerio. Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. is storyteller Mike Forestieri. Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. is Astrology with Brian. Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. will be Rick Waterhouse, and Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. is Fun with Uncle Pete.
The programs on July 13 and July 26 are made possible by collaboration between the Delaware Division of the Arts and the Delaware Division of Libraries. Funding is provided in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. They are also supported by the Friends of the Selbyville Public Library and donations from the community, explained Ingram.
On Aug. 25, the library will host its Carnival Wrap-Up Party. All participants must hand in their summer reading log by Aug. 18 to be able to attend.
For more information on events in the summer and beyond, visit www.selbyvillelibrary.org online.