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Summer Reading Club 2017
Summer Reading Club Kick-off with Bright Star Touring Theatre

Summer Reading Club 2017 – “Build a Better World” – begins this year with a kick-off event hosted by the Ruth Enlow Library and presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring theatre company based in Asheville, North Carolina. Two special performances are scheduled for Friday, June 30, one at the northern end of the county and one at the southern end. The show “Happily Ever After” will be performed at the Oakland Library from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.; “Upcycled Cinderella” will be performed at the Grantsville Library from 4 – 5 p.m. The event is free and open to all registered Summer Reading Club participants.

“Get ready to laugh out loud at our hilarious renditions of some of the best from the Grimm Brother's iconic works,” reads Bright Star’s description of Happily Ever After. “Our engaging performers transform into Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin, and The Elves and the Shoemaker. Loaded with audience participation and an endless stream of laughs, this show will leave your audiences shouting for more!”

Upcycled Cinderella, notes the theatre’s website, “brings to life the story of Cinderella in a way that will surprise and delight audiences. The wacky duo, Dustmop and Binny, ‘accidentally’ stumble upon an audience and decide to put on a play with what they have before them. Using household items, recycled objects and physical comedy, our performers create hilarious characters, inventive settings and lively scenes. Packed with character education lessons, Upcycled Cinderella will activate the imagination and encourage young audiences to use teamwork, friendship and creativity in their everyday lives.”

Regularly scheduled Summer Reading Club programs begin in July at local Ruth Enlow Library branches.  All programs are free, and children choose their own reading materials and track their progress using the reading logs provided. “Our events focus on the “Build a Better World” theme, with topics such as pollination, birdhouses, terrariums, Lego community, recycling materials, world coins, and everyday leader,” notes a library spokesperson. Children can participate by completing a log of books they read during the summer and/or attending events. Completed reading logs (one per child) will be entered into Grand Prize Drawings at the local branches.

“Summer Reading Club helps stop the ‘summer slide’ – a documented two-month loss in learning over the summer break – by encouraging students to read about topics that are fun and exciting,” said Julie Iden, Children’s Specialist at the Oakland Library. “Motivating children to read over the summer helps bridge the gap in learning between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next one.”

Registration for the program opens June 1. Participants can register online at http://src.relib.net. Those not wanting to register online may call their local library branch or email the following contacts: julie@relib.net for Oakland, connie@relib.net for Accident, hannah@relib.net for Grantsville, michele@relib.net for Friendsville, and diane@relib.net for Kitzmiller.

Dates at all branches are as follows:
  • Accident—Tuesdays from July 11 – 25, 11:00 a.m. – noon, all ages
  • Friendsville—Wednesdays from July 5 – 26, 10 a.m. – noon; walk-in programs during normal operating hours on Wednesdays from June 7 - 28, and in August, all ages
  • Grantsville—Wednesdays from July 12 – 26, 11:00 a.m. – noon, all ages
  • Kitzmiller—Fridays from July 14 – 28, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., all ages
  • Oakland—Weekly from July 5 – 26, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., ages 6 and up on Tuesdays, 3 – 5 year-olds on Wednesdays.

Summer Reading Club is a cooperative project between the local Maryland public libraries and the Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Library Development and Services. The state also is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a grassroots consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries.

The Friends of the Ruth Enlow Library contributes significant funds towards the library’s summer reading program, and the Garrett County Education Association provides free books for participants. Other local organizations and businesses support the program as well with incentives. And statewide, the Baltimore Orioles and the Maryland Science Center contribute tickets and passes to participating libraries.

Funding for the Bright Star Touring Theatre performances is provided by Western Maryland Regional Library, the regional resource center for the public libraries of Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties.

Printed materials for Summer Reading Club will be available at library branches the last week of May, and information will be available online beginning June 1 at http://src.relib.net.

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