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21 May 2007

Summertime Academic Tips
and Library Reading Programs
for Children during Summer Vacation

Summertime tips for parents to keep kids academically sharp:

Consider summer school
Look for academic-related activities in your community
Plan your summer trip with an educational theme
Talk to a teacher in your child's next grade
Don't let your child turn summer into a cartoon and video game marathon

Source: Harris Cooper, professor of psychology at Duke University.

Public Library Reading Programs:

The theme for all Alabama library reading programs is Get a Clue.

Jacksonville Public Library
Registration for the summer reading program begins May 29. For every five books a child reads they receive a prize, including a T-shirt after the 30th book. All participants are eligible to attend a party at Beyond Imagination in Anniston on July 7.
Beginning May 31 and ending July 7, the library will host weekly activities for children.
Tuesdays and Thursdays Story time, 10 a.m.
Wednesdays Craft activities, 2 p.m.
Fridays Scheduled entertainers, 2 p.m.

Oxford Public Library
The Oxford Library Summer Reading Program will begin May 29 and end July 7. Children who participate set their own reading goals, and receive a free T-shirts for reaching that goal. Prizes also will be given for reading halfway to the goal and for completing puzzles given out by the library.
In addition to the following events, the Oxford Library will have crafts and activities every Saturday at 2 p.m.
June 7 Curious Moon Puppets, 11 a.m.
June 15 Magician Russell Davis, 11 a.m.
June 20 Animals for the Anniston Museum of Natural History, 2 p.m.
June 22 - Performance of Aesop's Fables, 10:30 a.m.
June 28 McWane Center science activities, 11 a.m.
June 30 Science Fair for reading program participates

Anniston Public Library
The Anniston Library Summer Reading Program will begin May 24 and end July 6. Children who participate will receive prizes for every five books they read, up to 20 books.
The library will host a story time for preschoolers every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
May 29 Disguise Day crafts, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
June 8 Walkabout Puppets show, 11 a.m.
June 11 Quite a Catch juggling, 4 p.m.
June 12 Officer Kevin Briley and his crime-fighting dog, 2 p.m.
June 18 Nate the Great story time and activities, 4 p.m.
June 20 Atlanta Puppets, 10 a.m.
June 21 The Adventures of Tiny Turkey performed by the JSU Drama Department, 2 p.m.
June 25 Reptile Friends from the Anniston Museum of Natural History, 4 p.m.
July 5 Wacky the Clown, 4 p.m.

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