This year’s Summer Reading Program, “Paws to Read,” will give participants the opportunity to read fantastic books about fuzzy, hairy and feathered friends.
The program kickoff will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 7. On this day participants will enjoy a visit from the Bow-wow Pow-wow dogs, and surprise guests will drop by throughout the day. During the five weeks of the program, participants can expect performers and presenters such as World Bird Sanctuary, Animal Tales, Steve & T.V., White Rabbit Productions and WildHeart Music. They also will enjoy story times, puppet shows, crafts, movies and prizes that reflect the theme.
Each week participants will be asked to read at least five books, magazine articles, or newspaper articles, or listen to five books on tape to earn prizes. This year’s program will partner with local animal agencies such as 5A’s and TreeHouse Wildlife Center. Participants will have the opportunity to visit the TreeHouse Wildlife Center and will also get a chance to meet the animals that call the 5A’s their home.
All participants who continue over the five-week program will be invited to the End-of-the-Summer-Reading Party at the Alton High School Commons where they will enjoy a free book, reading certificate, snacks and entertainment by WildHeart Music. Emmy Award–winning educators and entertainers Jan and George Syrigos make up the musical group WildHeart. This duo captures young audiences with a strong science message exploring wildlife, habitats and natural history. WildHeart energizes their original award-winning music with motion, media and a conservation message for a wild and unforgettable journey through the natural world.
For information, call 618-433-2861.