Written by Sarah Lingenfelter —
NORTH FORK — The North Fork Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Programs will begin in June with two new added programs, one for toddlers and one for adults.
The Summer Reading Program is an invaluable resource for kids of all ages who are encouraged to read while participating in exciting experiences in music, art, science, and entertainment and while helping prepare students for the next school year.
Many of this year’s events will highlight on athleticism and achievement in light of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The North Fork Library is partnering with First 5 of Madera to provide a program for parents with toddlers that encourages parents to read to their children from birth on.
Karen Weaver, the First 5 representative from the Oakhurst office will share stories, games, and crafts with participants and the North Fork Library will offer weekly prizes and free books. This program will be held on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., June 14, 21, 28 and July 12, 19, 26.
The children’s program is for children ages 4 to 4th grade and will be held on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., June 8 to July 20. The Chaffee Zoomobile will visit the library on June 8 and June 29.
Parents are required to call the library by May 25 to reserve their child’s spot, as seating is limited to 35 children for each program. The library asks that parents arrive for each event 10 to 15 minutes early to register and turn in reading logs.
The teen program is designated for students 5th grade to 17 years old and will be held on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m., June 8 through July 20.
Music director Bill Samuelson will teach marching drumming for the first four dates. A $10 refundable deposit is encouraged to reserve a seat since space is limited as well. Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to register and turn in reading logs.
The Library’s second new program this year is reserved for adults and will be held every second Thursday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m., starting June 9th.
A one-time $10 donation to the Friends of the North Fork Library is encouraged. This donation will support the Summer Reading Program. Special summer book challenges will be included, along for a chance to go home with an e-reader.
To RSVP or for more information, please visit the North Fork Library, leave a Facebook message, or call at 559-877-2387.
For more information about the Madera County Library and its branches, visit www.maderacountylibrary.org.