Who is faster than a speeding book cart? More powerful than the Community Center on Wheels? Has the ability to read tall stories in a single setting? It’s Captain Tales!
Captain Tales invites everyone to participate in summer reading starting May 9 at Boone County Public Library. Summer Reading is divided into the youth age group, birth to 17 years of age, and the adult age group, anyone 18 years and up. Students in Boone County Elementary Schools may be registered by their school. Adults, students from other schools, and younger children can get registered at www.bcpl.org.
Summer reading is a community partnership between Boone County Public Library and Boone County schools. Get more out of your summer by reading, attending special summer events and completing a challenge log. Children can forget some of what they’ve learned during the school year, participating in summer reading is an effective strategy to help your reader maintain and even improve over summer. And while improving, why not earn prizes for your effort?
The first prize for the youth program, a book, is awarded after five hours of reading. Second prize, awarded after reading for 10 hours, is a choice of a tumbler, superhero cape or Library Bucks and one entry into the reading log grand prize drawing for a tablet.
In the adult program, you receive a free library card holder for registering. Earn a Library Buck for every item you read, listen or watch. Each week of summer reading, three weekly system winners will receive a tumbler filled with a healthy snack.
Both youth and adults can compete for the Challenge Log Grand Prize by completing any ten challenges found on the challenge log. Watch a super hero DVD, check out a Playaway View, share your superpower with a librarian or teacher, read a magazine, and download a song are some of the examples of the challenges. Keep track by marking a shield on your challenge log or by entering the information online in a digital challenge log.
Beyond reading and contests, the Library is offering special events all summer long. The BCPL ComicFest brings something for everyone on Saturday, June 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Main Library in Burlington. ComicFest is made up of games, a photo booth, a light saber demo, a game truck, Lego speed building and a chance to show your lightning bolt or favorite cape with a costume contest.
The All-Star Read On will be June 6 at the Main Library from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Join the Chick-fil-A cow and Tales the Library Dragon for a day of baseball and books. There will be games, book sales from Joseph-Beth, and a story read by a baseball celebrity.
Is Neil Diamond a superhero to your ears? If so, you don’t want to miss Forever Diamond, a Neil Diamond tribute band that will be playing at Boone Woods Park in Burlington on Saturday, June 13 at 7 p.m. “Forever in Blue Jeans” attire not required.
Why just read about the adventures of Superheroes when you could be creating your own? Drawing Superheroes is an interactive program on August 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Florence Branch for grades third through fifth. Join Cindy Mendell from the Children’s Art Academy, as she shows you how to create your own comics and superheroes, please register ahead of time.
Be a superhero at Boone County Public Library this summer!
Shawn Fry’s Clark Kent job is as the Assistant Director of the Boone County Public Library. When not assisting other superheros in the circulation of knowledge he can be found perfecting his superpower of listening by spending time with his daughter, Rowan.