From the Beacon: Summer program is more than good books

Catch the fun and excitement of the 2009 Summer Reading Programs at all branches of the Beaufort County Public Library.

The library offers programs for toddlers through adults. The program is divided by age groups. Ages 2 and 3 can join the Bookworm Read-to-Me Club; children age 4 through grade 5 can join the "Be Creative @ Your Library!" program; teens in grade 6 through 12 will experience "Express Yourself @ Your Library" and adults can participate by entering the "Master the Art of Reading" program.

Everybody benefits because all the activities focus on building a strong reading habit that will foster success in school and beyond. Studies have shown that children who read during the summer months enter school in the fall better prepared to learn.

Pre-registration begins June 8 and registration ends July 12. The actual programs begin June 22 and continues through Aug. 2. The various programs provide an excellent opportunity for families to explore the joys of recreational reading together. Children thrill at earning a medal and certificate when they complete the reading, and teens can earn prizes while fulfilling their required reading for school.

Some of the great programs planned for this year are Hobey Ford Puppet Show, Shadow Puppet Making Workshop, Becky's Box of Puppets presenting "Mother Goose and Friends," the Ronald McDonald Show, story time pillow creation with Yostie, and author Dave McDonald showing the art of drawing comic books. All programs are free of charge, though not all programs are available at all branch libraries.Check with your local library branch for specific details.

In the meantime, explore these books that fit our Summer Reading theme of "Arts and Creativity":

"The Dot" by Peter Reynolds: A girl doesn't believe that she can draw until encouragement from her teacher changes her mind.

"The Kids' Guide to Digital Photography" by Jenni Bidner:Provides information that will allow children to get the most out of taking digital pictures.

"Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly" by Gail Carson Levine: A Newbery Honor author shares her secrets of creating magic with writing.

"The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words & Pictures" by Brian Selznick: A Caldecott Award-winning novel, set in 1931 Paris is a puzzle in words and pictures, centering on a mysterious toy seller and an orphan.

"Acting for Young Actors: The Ultimate Teen Guide" by Mary Lou Belli: A comprehensive handbook with advice on auditions, rehearsals and improvisation.

"Graffiti World: Street Art From Five Continents" by Nicholas Ganz: A survey of graffiti from around the world illustrated with more than 2,000 full-color photographs.

"Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography" by Sabrina Jones: A hand-drawn biography of this pioneering modern dancer.

"Fat Kid Rules the World" by Kelly Going: A suicidal, 300-pound teen gets a new perspective on life when a young semi-homeless guitar genius asks him to be the drummer in a rock band.