Written by Sarah McIntyre —
NORTH FORK — School is at an end and summer is approaching with the anticipation of the North Fork Library 2017 Summer Reading Program.
This program is dedicated not only to providing families with entertainment throughout the summer, but is intended to encourage children, teens and families to utilize the library as a tool for self-education through reading.
It is proven that libraries help prevent the summer slide of reading skills by offering fun programs that continue the development of reading skills, helping students be prepared for the next school year. The North Fork Library does this by having participants fill out reading logs each week for various incentives like free books, toys and prizes donated by local businesses.
This year’s children’s program begins on June 14 at 2:30 p.m. with an appearance by Smokey Bear and friends. Later, Steve Riley will treat us with illustration and storytelling, Ace Miles will appear as the hilarious pirate Jack Spareribs, the Sciencetellers will integrate pirate stories with science, and the Bubble Man will entertain us with bubble tricks.
The last day of the program will include stations of crafts and games that go along with this year’s theme, “Reading by Design.” Grand prize bicycles will be given to the child in each age category who reads the most minutes of the whole summer.
The teen program is made up of three workshops spanning three days each and taught by local professionals. The first is a story design workshop taught by published writer Carol Wolf. The second is a comic book design workshop taught by Eric Elliott and the last workshop is all about interior design by Fresno State professor, Rich McQuone.
The grand prizes for the teens are two Kindle Fires, but to be included in the running teens must meet three requirements: to attend the first day of the first program, to read two chapter books within their reading level or above, and to attend two out of three workshops.
Please call the North Fork Library at 559-877-2387 for more information or visit www.maderacountylibrary.org to view program flyers and schedules.