Drawing from all aspects of the reading and creativity, the Marlborough Public Library is putting on summer reading programs for young adults and children. The library offers unique events as part of these programs to connect those who have the same interests and to show kids that the library can be more than just books, said Danielle Sutherby, public relations intern for the library.
The young adult program kicks off with an opening night event Wednesday, June 27 from 6 to 8 p.m., where teens can grab some ice cream, sign up for the program and even get their fortune told by some local psychics. Librarians want to “let them know what’s in the library,” said Jess Bacon, young adult librarian.
Monday night marked the opening event for the children’s summer reading program: a pajama party. The event was designed for children to play games, have a snack and listen to bedtime stories read by Diane Edgecomb, a regional and celebrated storyteller.
The young adult program takes on the theme, “Own the Night,” allowing teens to check out not just books, but also games, music and video games. Young adults should “appreciate the many approaches to the library,” Bacon said.
Young adults who participate in the program can come to the library for an acting program, a community service night, anime groups, a creative writing course, a Batman trivia night, arts and crafts events. When teens see the many things that can happen in a library, we can “get them to pick up books too,” Bacon said.
Bacon said she is most excited for the community service event, which will let teens make no-sew fleece blankets for local foster kids while watching movies. The young adults “are really bright kids,” she said, adding that she likes to be surrounded by their good ideas and willingness to try new and challenging things such as the writing program.
Young children can join a summer reading program for kids through grade 6 which centers around nighttime themes like “light up the night” and “wish upon a star,” said Stephanie Nogler, assistant children’s librarian. With the program “Dream Big-READ” children get to chopse to receive either a prize or a raffle ticket with every five hours they spend reading.
Almost 300 children have already signed up, Nogler said. Nearly every day of the week features something different for children, from special programs on Mondays to pajama story time on Thursdays.
To learn more about the programs or to sign up, visit the library. Some of the reading events require pre-registration.