On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! That is the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Program. The program runs from June 6th through August 6th and is open to all ages. Children, Teens, and adults all have their own guidelines for tracking books read and obtaining prizes. All registered adults will receive a bag and reading log. Registrants are asked to submit book reviews in order to qualify for weekly, monthly and grand prize drawings. Along with a variety of programs, there will also be an Adult Summer Book Discussion on June 23rd and July 21st at 10:30 am. Please visit the Elsie Quirk Reference Desk to borrow a copy of our first selection, The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion.
Children ages birth through 11, can earn incentives for each ten activities that they complete. Activities include reading for 20 minutes or being read to for 20 minutes if they are not reading independently yet, attending a library program as well as a variety of other options listed on the reading log. After completing all thirty activities, children will receive a free book and one entry to win a grand prize. Teens ages 12 through 18, receive an entry for every 60 minutes they read and for each book review. Read at least 420 minutes to complete the program and be eligible to be entered into the drawing for a Kindle Fire. The more minutes you read, the more chances you have to win!
Adults and Teens can register online at http://bit.ly/2016-Adult-Summer-Reading. All ages are welcome to visit a Sarasota County Library branch to register in-person and receive Summer Reading Program materials.
Here are the library events for this week:
• Suncoast Writer’s Guild will meet at 10 am today.
• Forty Carrots’ Partners in Play is a free class for caregivers and children to enjoy together from 10:15 to 11 am or 11:15 am to noon. Attendance is limited to 12 families per session.
• Flood Zone and Map Changes Workshop will be held on Wednesday from 10:15 am to noon. Anyone who has questions about flood risks, zones, insurance regulations and pending map changes should attend. For more information contact, Des Companion, CFM, Public Utilities, Stormwater, at 941-861-0802 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Our Monday Night Movie starts at 5 pm. This week’s selection is about a young Greek woman who falls madly in love with a man who is wonderful in every way except he is not Greek. This romantic comedy portrays the struggles each family experiences when trying to accept their differences and still stay true to their personal heritage and cultural identity. (PG, 1 hr, 35 mins., 2002).
• Drop in for the Master Gardener Plant Clinic in partnership with UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County from 10 am to noon. For more information, call 941-861-1307 or visit, http://sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu/Hort/horthelp.shtml.
• Summer Reading Program Kickoff starts at 10:30 am. Enjoy a special performance of, “The Race of the Tortoise and the Hare” presented by Katie Adams Make Believe Theater. This 45 minute energetic show includes colorful props, scenery, and audience participation. All ages welcome.
• Englewood Computer Club meets from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. For more information email, OurEDD@comcast.net.
• SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence) will present the Sustainability Road Show at 10:30 am. Representatives from SCOPE will present community data about the state of our local environment, local resources and initiatives and their impact on the community. Join the conversation of what you can do to make a difference. For more information, visit www.scopesarasota.org/sustainability-roadshow or call 941-365-8751.
• Café Athena is a philosophical discussion group that meets at 11 am.
• Minecraft is 3:45 pm to 5 pm and is open to youth ages 7 to 13. Unleash your imagination as you play Minecraft on Xbox 360. This program takes place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Registration is not required.
• Englewood Authors meets at 5 pm.
• Our weekly Family Storytime starts at 10:30 am. This week’s theme is, Bugs!
• The Knitting Club will meet to knit and chat from 1 pm to 3 pm.
• Teen Summer Movie starts at 1 pm and is open to youth ages 11* to 18. Enjoy this story that takes place three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire. A new threat arises as the First Order attempts to rule the galaxy. Only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance. (PG-13, 2 hrs. 16 mins., 2015). * Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
For more information on library programs, services, and resources visit us at 100 West Dearborn Street, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000, or visit our website at www.scgov.net/library.