Area libraries are conducting summer reading programs with a theme of "One World, Many Stories." The following is a breakdown of times, locations and activities planned at various libraries.
Mississippi County Public Library's program is open to children from age 5 to 13, with programs, prize drawing, story hours, a reading club and more. The reading club guidelines are for children ages 5 to 7 to read 10 books and those 8 to 13 to read five chapter books throughout the program. Dates to remember include 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 7 when two magicians will perform at the library. Also at 2 p.m. July 28, library visitors can watch a live shadow puppet performance by the Wild Goose Chase Theater via video conference with the Springfield-Greene County Library District. For more information, contact the library at 683-6748.
New Madrid County Library is hosting summer reading programs for children ages 7 to 12 at its six branches July 5-29. On Tuesdays the program is at 1 p.m. at Morehouse and 3 p.m. at Matthews; on Thursdays, it's 1 p.m. at Portageville and 3 p.m. at New Madrid; and Fridays, it's at 1 p.m. at Parma and 3 p.m. at Gideon. Participants are asked to read a minimum number of books in order to complete the program. Prize drawings will be held. Call 379-3583 for more information.
Participants, who will also keep a reading log, will visit Italy, Mexico, Australia, Africa and China.
The preschool program for ages 2 to 5, which will be at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, June 29-Aug. 1 at the Sikeston Public Library. They will read stories, such as "Does Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?" and "Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?"
For children in kindergarten through second grade, their session will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, June 27-Aug. 1. Titles include "Olivia Goes To Venice!" and "Anansi and the Magic Stick!"
Children in grades 3-5 will meet from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays from June 28-July 26.(Summer reading party is Aug. 1.) Stories to be read include: "Strega Nona: Her Story" and "Big Anthony: His Story" and "Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters," an African folktale.
"You Are Here" is the theme for the teen summer reading programs for those entering sixth grade and up. Participants will meet from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, June 29-Aug. 3. "The Red Pyramid" by Rick Riordan will be reviewed. Stops along the way include France, Italy, London, New York, Mexico and Egypt.
All programs include stories, arts/crafts, games and refreshments. For more information, call the library at 471-4140.
Participants of Riverside Regional Library's summer reading club for children preschool-aged to 17 will receive a reading log to record the books they've read this summer. For every two hours or five books spent reading (up to 10 hours or 25 books) during the summer, children can earn a prize. Everyone who returns their reading log will receive special prizes, bookmarks, food coupons, a free paperback book and a certificate of completion.
Times vary weekly by branch:
-- Oran branch: 10 a.m. June 8, 15, 29, July 6, 13, 27, story time; 9 a.m. June 20, Southeast Explorer Bus; 2 p.m. July 7, "Rangoli art"; 10 a.m. July 27, singer storyteller; 10 a.m. Aug. 3, "Pint-size Polka" and 10 am. Aug. 10, summer reading party. For more information, call 262-3745.
-- Benton branch: 1:30 p.m. June 8, 15, 29, July 6, 13, 20, story time; 1 p.m. June 20, Southeast Explorer Bus; 2 p.m. July 27, singer storyteller; 1:30 p.m. Aug. 3, "Pint-size polka"; 1:30 p.m. Aug. 10, summer reading party. For more information, call 545-3581.