If you’re interested in keeping your elementary school-aged child interested in reading throughout the summer, this is for you. I’ve participated in Chapin Memorial Library’s summer reading program for several years and it’s always a joy. The programs are rich the librarians, Sue Ellen and Jen, are so dedicated and amazing.
Children sign up and commit to reading. They get a chart to keep track of each 20-minute increment. When they reach five hours, they get an entry into the prize box. At each week’s program (see below for schedule) a winner is drawn and past prizes have included passes to local attractions.
When your children achieves five hours of reading, she also gets a certificate and coupon for a free Icedream from Chick-Fil-A. When she achieves ten hours she gets a Dream Big Read! t-shirt and a free kids meal from Chick-Fil-A. And when she hits fifteen hours, she gets a South Carolina reading medal and free play time at MagiQuest!
All weekly programs in their series are on Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room.
June 5: Tim Sonefelt’s magic program
June 12: Creepy Campfire Stories
June 19: Mad Science
June 26: Magic with VanDoren
July 3: Family movie time, Adventures of Tintin
July 10: Local author visit by Goffinet McLauren and a reading of Sullie Saves the Seas, plus a discussion about environmental protection.
July 17: Puppet show, “Three Strong Women”, a Japanese tale of a sumo wrestler who is required to be trained by a little girl, her mother, and grandmother.
To finish off the season, they hold a big party for all participants on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. It’s from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Base Recreation Center in the Market Common area of Myrtle Beach. The address is 800 Gabreski Lane.
This program is free, however, if you live outside of Myrtle Beach city limits an annual membership to the library will cost you $20 per family. With that you get the ability to borrow books/CDs/DVDs and everything else they have to offer, as well as a summer parking pass. The library has very limited on-site parking. The remaining spots are subject to seasonal parking meters. This parking pass will allow you to park at the metered spots bordering the library on Chester Street without having to keep a pound of quarters in your car or risking a ticket.
For more 2012 summer freebies, click here.
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