Sandra Underwood, the system’s director, said the program is open to children, ages 5-12, and is designed to encourage reading throughout the summer to keep children’s skills sharp until they return to school.
Sumiton, Carbon Hill and Double Springs libraries opened their summer reading programs last week, while Jasper, Arley and Haleyville kick off this week. Underwood said each library in the system will hold six programs throughout the summer.
“We have some interesting programs for the children,” she said. “Most of them tie into the theme, such as digging or animals that live underground. We think the children will enjoy themselves.”
Programs this week include “Dig into Rhythm” at the Sumiton Public Library at 10 a.m., Cary Ledbetter performing magic at the Carbon Hill Public Library at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, a presentation of “Beneath the Surface” at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Arley Public Library, “Just Dig It” at the Haleyville Public Library at 10 a.m. Thursday and the Jasper Public Library hosting member of the city’s street department, who will show off their digging equipment Thursday at 10 a.m. The Double Springs program will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, but the guest was not known as of press time.
“The street department is going to bring three different large pieces of excavation equipment,” Underwood said. “Last year, the fire department visited and the children loved it. I think this will be similar.”
Underwood said registration for the summer reading program will continue through Friday. For more information, visit the library system’s website at www2.youseemore.com/cerl or call 205-221-8512.