This summer, libraries across Delaware are encouraging children of all ages to dive deep into reading between dips in the pool with their “One World, Many Stories” summer reading program.
As with other local libraries, the Selbyville Public Library’s summer reading program is free, and it offers learning-focused entertainment for kids nearly every day of the week. Children ages 2 to 12 can register for the reading program through July 30 and attend events including movie days and craft times through August.
Monday Movie Madness begins each week at 2 p.m., and children can watch animated classics including “Up” and “Rio” with their friends and family members while munching on popcorn.
On Tuesdays, craft time begins at 2 p.m., and is open to children ages 4-11. Parents are advised to make a reservation, as space is limited and the program fills up every week. Children can satisfy their appetites for fun and creativity through making their own hats, T-shirts, sand pails and numerous other projects.
Younger readers, ages 2 to 5, are invited to Wednesday-morning story time at 10 a.m. Special programs are held on Friday afternoons, typically at 2 p.m., and children ages 2 to 12 can participate in exciting activities such as a visit from animals at the Salisbury Zoo or a live play of “Toad’s Escape” produced by the Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theater.
More than 70 local children are currently reading their way through the best that the Selbyville Library has to offer, in an effort to complete their reading logs.
“We have no required books. We only ask that the kids read and enjoy their books,” said Lori Ingram, youth and library services director, of the reading logs program.
Children are asked to read a minimum of 10 books throughout the summer but are welcome to read many more, as exemplified by one little boy who has already read more than 30 books this summer.
“During the summertime, it gives kids something to look forward to,” said Ingram. “It also keeps their minds learning,” she added, referencing the benefits summer reading has on students’ return to school in the fall.
According to Ingram, children who are in the area for only a week or two are equally as welcome to participate in the reading program as those who attend regularly, as it provides them with an educational experience during their vacation.
Children who sign up for the program and complete their reading logs by July 30 are invited to the Selbyville Library’s circus-themed wrap-up party on Aug. 5. Entertainment from clowns and fortune tellers, paired with circus-themed games and prize drawings, will serve as a grand finale for the summer reading program. Some events, including Tuesday craft times, will continue through the end of August.
The summer reading initiative is funded in part by the Friends of the Selbyville Library board, which holds yard sales, bake sales and other fundraisers to make the library’s programs possible. “One World, Many Stories” is also sponsored by the Institute of Museums and Library Services, the National Endowment for Arts, and The Delaware Division of the Arts.
For more information about the reading program or weekly activities, or to make a reservation for craft time, contact Lori Ingram at (302)436-8195 or visit www.selbyvillelibrary.org.