Summer of Reading nearing

With summer approaching, the city of Wolfforth Library is gearing up for another year of providing community members with plenty to do over the three-month period when school lets out.

The library returns its Summer of Reading program on May 25 with a kickoff event at its Wolfforth location. The facility will host a “Story Walk” for participants to stay active and read while walking on a safe course.

The event, which is themed “Build a Better World,” also returns its reading competition. Readers compete by grade level and log reading information during library hours as a part of the summer reading contest.

“Last year, all the kids were so excited to get their prizes from reading,” said Assistant Library Director Taylor Acevedo, who is helping organize the event.

This year’s theme focuses on community involvement, good citizenship, building and construction.

Although not all events have been announced, the library has made plans to host Jolynn Payne from Rocking Paw Dog Training and Kennel Suites as she presents a program titled “Pup Patrol” to teach community children about dog bite prevention and pet ownership.

“Every summer is pretty exciting, but I think I am most excited for our guest story time (this year),” Acevedo said.

The library also returns its 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten event.

According to information provided by the library, the program is based on evidence that the more books children from birth to age 5 hear read to them, the more prepared they will be to learn and enjoy reading upon reaching kindergarten.

Every Friday, the library is slated to show a family-friendly movie event at noon and a story time reading every Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Last summer, the library had 186 kids participate who read more than 2,869 books — adding up to 244,492 total pages — over the course of two months.

At the end of the contest, after all winners are announced by grade level, a Star Reader is chosen.

For more details or to sign up, call the library at (806) 855-4150.

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