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Summer reading program sees high signup counts

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This summer, children and teens are digging in at the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library.

Wednesday’s kickoff of the summer reading program — themed “Dig Into Reading” for children 11 and younger and “Beneath the Surface” for those ages 12 to 18 — saw a surge in sign-ups similar to last year’s record-breaking numbers.

“The last count was 172, and that’s before the actual program started,” children’s librarian Ashley J. Pickett said about the ages-11-and-under program. “That’s about where we were last year.”

Because of overcast skies threatening to dump rain on the kickoff festivities, crafts and games were moved indoors. A clicker that Mrs. Pickett held showed 87 children and parents showed up by 11:30 a.m., an hour into the event.

“I learned that kids and my families like crafts, so anything I can do to have them make something they can take home is really great,” she said.

Barring bad weather, there will be Farmers Market Story Time from 10:30 to 11 a.m., followed by crafts outside, every Wednesday until Aug. 14.

“There’s always new faces, so it’s another chance to build our program,” Mrs. Pickett said.

Teen librarian Amanda G. Tehonica said teen sign-ups are nearly what they were at the end of last year’s program.

“There were 70 teens last year,” she said. “This year, there are already 60 registered since starting sign-ups.”

Teens can sign up until the last day of the reading program.

Through July and August, teenagers will have events ranging from creating a zombie apocalypse survival kit to learning about forensic science and getting a secret agent name.

“Zombie tag was so popular last year, so we decided to do it again,” Ms. Tehonica said.

Those ages 9 to 12 will have their own special program on Tuesdays called “In-Be-TWEEN.” This Tuesday, about 25 children showed up to make duct-tape crafts.

“We’re hitting that in-between stage so we don’t lose them,” she said.

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