“Dig into Reading!” this summer’s theme will send readers underground to discover all sorts of things – dinosaurs, buried treasure, burrowing animals, ancient cultures, gardens, caves, rocks and more. This year’s Children’s Summer Reading club runs from now through August 2.

Artwork for this year was created by Scott Nash whose fans will remember his illustrations for “Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp,” “Betsy, Who Cried Wolf,” “Oh, Tucker” and the new chapter books with Flat Stanley.

The summer program is open to children from toddlers to those leaving sixth grade. Incentives and activities will provide fun the whole family can “dig.” Craft activities will include flowers from plastic bottles, a night-time diorama of a bat cave, pop-up puppets and more. Each arts and crafts program is divided into two activities – one for younger children and one for older elementary school-aged children. Our annual pet show will be held July 6 in the library’s side yard.

To participate, a child must be a member of one of Crawford County’s libraries. Preschoolers and summer visitors receive a summer card. A special reading garden patch is issued to record each reader’s and listener’s progress through summer reading pleasure and prizes. For every library book read, children receive a stamp on their garden patch. Preschoolers must listen to two books to get a stamp. For every four stamps, a prize may be selected from the display case. When 12 stamps have been collected, participants qualify for two chances to win one of the Grand Prizes. The drawing for these prizes will be held during our Summer Reading Club Party, scheduled August 3 at 10 a.m.  Let’s go digging!

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