Queen Anne’s County Free Library Launches Summer Reading Program

Queen Anne’s County Library’s annual summer reading program begins on June 17 and continues through July 31 and is open to babies, children, and teens.

Families with children from birth through age 5 are invited to join the Read-To-Me “Dig Into Reading” club. They will receive a game board with literacy activities for child and caregiver to complete together, along with a suggested reading list of bedtime stories, nursery rhymes, and concept books. Events include story times, Mother Goose on the Loose, and a stuffed animal sleepover.

Children entering kindergarten through grade 5 will receive a “Dig Into Reading” summer reading bag that includes a reading log, game board, sticker, and bookmark. Events include musical performances by Milkshake, Mr. Sam, and Didgeridoo Down Under, art classes by Glenn Shiring featuring seed art and beet juice painting, a magic show by Mike Rose, a visit from the Maryland Zoo’s ZOOMobile, a mock archaeological dig, LEGO ® Mania, an obstacle course, reading to a therapy dog, gardening club, American Girl Club, and other programs related to such favorite book characters as Elephant and Piggie, Mercy Watson, Fancy Nancy, and Percy Jackson.

Teens are invited to participate in “The United States of YA,” a summer reading program for rising 6th-12th graders, which encourages participants to read books set in as many U.S. states as possible. Special teen events include book discussions, a teen writers group, cupcake decorating contests, art classes, anime drawing, LEGO ® building, shrink art jewelry, basket weaving with recycled materials, and an opportunity to read away up to $12 in fines.

A complete calendar of events will be included in each summer reading bag. Events calendars can also be found online at www.quan.lib.md.us/storytime.php for children and at www.quan.lib.md.us/teensandadults.php for teens. Some events require advance registration. All library programs are free of charge.

Summer readers can earn a free book by bringing completed reading logs or game boards to the libraries in the week of July 29. The free books will also be available at the summer reading wrap-up party at both branches on Wednesday, July 31 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Summer readers may also request tickets to the August 19 Baltimore Orioles game, the August 17 Bowie Baysox game, and the August 18 Delmarva Shorebirds game, while supplies last.

One summer reader will win 4 tickets to the August 19 Orioles game and a trip onto the field for a pre-game ceremony. Another child in the county will win an annual family membership to one of the museums in the Downtown Baltimore partnership (B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore Museum of Industry, Port Discovery Children’s Museum, National Aquarium, or Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Odditorium). One reader per branch will win 4 tickets to the Maryland Science Center. Children may submit entry forms each time they visit the library during summer reading.

“Dig Into Reading” t-shirts featuring Sneaks the Library Cat will be sold at the libraries while supplies last. Sizes from children’s XS to adult 3X are available for $6.35.

In 2012, over 1100 children participated in the library’s summer reading clubs.

For more information, please contact the Centreville Branch, 121 S. Commerce St. and the Kent Island Branch Library, 200 Library Circle, Stevensville. Additional information is available at the library’s website (www.quan.lib.md.us) or by calling (410) 758-0980 or (410) 643-8161.