• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

'On Your Mark, Get Set . Read' kickoff party set for Friday

The Woodford County Public Library will host a variety of activities for children, teens, adults and families during its Summer Reading Program. "On Your Mark Get Set . Read" begins with a kickoff party tomorrow evening, Friday, May 20, from 4 to 8 at the Woodford County Public Library's main and Midway branch libraries. This year's summer reading program will focus on ways to stay healthy and fit during a variety of free fun activities for all ages. "It's always all about fun," said assistant youth services librarian Bookie Wilson. "The kids' programs are always driven from a fun perspective. We sneak a little learning in there." A variety of special programs are scheduled this summer. Families can participate in a hike on Shaker Village's walking trails on Saturday, July 9, at 11 a.m. Nature walks for families will be led by naturalist Wild Bill at city parks in Versailles and Midway. And teens will learn how they can make cheese from scratch. A walking group has already begun meeting on Tuesdays, "and it's for people of all abilities," said youth services librarian Becky Munoz. She said all participants are provided a pedometer to track how many miles and steps they have walked. Special guests will again a highlight this year's Summer Reading Program during family programs at local schools. Nature's Olympians will feature live animals during a program at Woodford County Middle School on Thursday, June 9. Library favorite and Grammy winner Laura Doherty returns for a song and dance program at WCMS on Thursday, June 23. The McTeggart Irish Dancers on June 30 and Juggling & More by the Cincinnati Circus on June 16 are among the other programs scheduled at local schools this summer. Prizes will be awarded at the close of those school programs, which begin at 1 p.m. A Traveling Book Collection was a big success last summer and that program will return this year to ensure children who may not be able to check out books at the library - for whatever reason - will have access to books for summer reading, Wilson said. "We want to surmount those obstacles and put books in kids' hands," she explained. Also, children's reading groups for all age groups will meet each week for story times as well as arts and craft activities to motivate kids to read more often. "And typically, Becky and I will pull a bunch of books that will tie into (that week's) program," said Wilson. Check with the library or its calendar for days and times. One upcoming teen program, "Start Your Engines," will offer tips on car maintenance and "College-Insiders Scoop" will offer an overview of post-secondary education options, said Wilson. To sign up for the Summer Reading Program, attend one of the upcoming kickoffs or visit your local library in Versailles and Midway. For more information about the programs and Summer Reading, visit www.woodfordcountylibrary.com or call 873-5191. Registration is requested for some special programs because of limited space or supplies that are needed. No registration is necessary for any program in the schools.

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