By Kayla Pickrell, Intern
The Cynthiana-Harrison County Library kicked off their summer reading program with a “Fizz, Boom, Read,” as the program introduced a science theme, experimenting science and reading together.
Cindy Franklin, youth services librarian and summer reading program coordinator, said students are caught in a “summer slag” while school is out.
“If you don’t use those skills, you lose them,” Franklin said. “It’s like if you play an instrument, but put it down for three months, you’re not going to be as good as a person who continues to play the instrument over those three months.”
The summer reading program is split into two sections, reading and programs, and children can choose to do one or the other or both.
For the reading program, participants are asked to track the length of time they read, marking off a symbol for every 15 minutes.
After four hours, students can show their progress and receive a free coupon book that includes a ticket to the Louisville Zoo and a Lexington Legends baseball game.
For every eight hours of reading, students can earn a free book, with up to six books per student.
Along with the book, the student is entered into a drawing for numerous prizes. For every 16 hours, students are entered into a drawing for an iPad Mini.
Time logs can be turned into Franklin every Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting June 20. The last day to turn in time logs are July 25.
Children aren’t the only ones invited to join the summer reading program, adults can too.
Adults can pick up bookmarks at the library. For every two book reviews on bookmarks, adults can receive a free book, up to six total. After four book reviews are completed, participants will be entered into the drawing for an iPad Mini.
Drop off times for bookmarks are the same as the children’s program.
Registration for summer reading continues until July 24, but events have already began.
On the third Monday of every month, the library will host “Musical Babies” for ages two months to three years.
“When you are learning music, you are learning language,” Franklin said. “It gets them ready to read.”
Every Tuesday at 10 a.m. there is storytime geared toward children ages six months to five years.
Programs for kindergarten through fifth grade are on Wednesdays. Pre-registration is required for these programs.
All Wednesday programs are booked, Franklin said, but a wait list is available.
Events for sixth through 12th grade are on Thursdays and require pre-registration.
All programs are being held in the Cynthiana Presbyterian Church while the library is under construction.
“I’m so thankful for the Cynthiana Presbyterian Church,” Franklin said. “They immediately wanted to help out.”
Two events will be open to the public as family programs.
Impossible Magic’s Reed and Ashton Nicole Masterson will be giving a family magic show July 18 at 6:30 p.m.
There will be a teen magic workshop before the event at 4 p.m. that requires pre-registration.
“Teens will be able to look behind the curtain with Impossible Magic,” Franklin said.
Ronald McDonald will be visiting the Cynthiana Presbyterian Church on July 23 at 2 p.m.
Some of the programs are lead by Leadership in Training (LIT) students who applied and interviewed for the volunteer program.