This year, the program is titled, “One World, Many Stories.” In addition to the Jasper Public Library, summer reading activities will also take place at the Arley, Carbon Hill, Sumiton, Double Springs and Haleyville public libraries.
The program is completely free and available to children age 5 and up.
Polly Harrelson, library assistant at the Jasper library, said each location will host six activities for local students. The children will hear from area storytellers, play games and enjoy arts and crafts.
This year, she said, the events will focus on stories and games from around the world.
This Thursday, the Jasper Public Library will host an activity at 10 a.m. at which staff members of T&N Acre Farms will visit along with several animals.
Harrelson said the summer reading program has been a tradition at the library since she started work there 11 years ago. “I’m sure they we’re doing it long before,” she added.
She said the ultimate goal of the program is to encourage children to read. After each event, the students get the chance to check out books.
The activities also serve as both educational and entertaining events for the kids during the summer, Harrelson said.
“They get bored after a few weeks out of school,” she said.
For more information about the One World, Many Stories summer reading program or to see a calendar of all activities, log on to http://www2.youseemore.com/cerl/Default.asp?