Signups for Charles Town Library’s summer reading program underway

CHARLES TOWN – “Fizz, Boom, Read!” is the theme for the summer reading program at Charles Town Library. The STEM-based program is designed to encourage readers to explore aspects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Our weekly programs will offer a variety of appealing programs in which students can engage in some practical science skills such as observation, measurement, comparison, exploration and prediction. At the same time, students will have fun exploring books at the library on any topic, both fiction and non-fiction.

All children ages 12 and under are invited to be a part of our summer-long activities.

Registration began May 19 and continues through summer reading registration kickoff day from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 14, and young readers can begin logging their reading time on June 16.

Each participant’s goals and achievements are reported on a personal reading log.  Consistent readers will be celebrated at our end-of-program party Aug. 6.

The summer program also includes a number of special programs for children 6 to 12. Our first session will be with Master Naturalist Carol Wood at 2 p.m. June 25.

Other programs are scheduled for 2 p.m. July 9, 16, 23 and 30 and will cover topics such as chemistry, fossils and robotics.

Younger book lovers (infants through second grade) can attend our Storytime & Craft at 10 a.m. on these Saturdays: June 21, July 12 and July 26.

Summer reading is so important to children. Children need to keep reading throughout the summer in order to build their skills. It is important during the summer that parents create learning environments for their children.

A weekly trip to the library has been shown to greatly decrease the summer slide. The more children read, the more their reading skills improve.

Summer is a time when children can make their own reading choices. Let your kids read the books they want to read. Summer is a great time to encourage children to read about new topics beyond what they’ve learned in school, to explore new interests or to return to old favorites. The Charles Town Library can provide you with the materials you need to help your children keep their skills sharp for the next school year.



Congratulations to three children who were winners in our Poetry Illustration contest! First place went to Gabie Nelson who illustrated “There’s A Cat In My Lap.” Jules Colbert and Audrey Collis were runners-up with their contributions, “I Eat Kids Yum Yum!” and “Stacking, Stacking, Stacking – I Can’t Even See The Chairs – It Hurts My Neck.”



The Charles Town Library is looking for teen volunteers for the summer reading program. If you are 16 or older and like to help younger children with arts, craft or reading, please stop by the library or call and ask to speak with Debbie Stafford. Most of the programs for children will take place on Wednesdays or Saturdays, so we are looking for teens with availability on those days.

We are also looking for adults who might be interested in mentoring the Crazy Eights Math Club at the library. Each math level requires eight weekly sessions. There are three age levels for this club: PreK, kindergarden through second grade, and third to fifth grade.

If you are interested in helping us start one of these clubs, we will order the necessary materials for you.



For the months of June, July and August, the library will open at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays – two hours earlier than our usual 1 p.m. opening. We will close at our regular time of 7 p.m.



Local author Bob O’Connor will talk about his latest book, “The Amazing Legacy of James E. Hanger: Civil War Soldier,” next week.

O’Connor’s talk at 7 p.m. June 5 about his fictionalized account of the first amputee of the Civil War, James E. Hanger who on June 3, 1861, was wounded at Philippi in present-day West Virginia.

He hated the peg leg his Union doctor gave him. Instead, he used his ingenuity and engineering background to invent an artificial leg with a joint at the knee and a hinge at the ankle. His patented “Hanger Limb” revolutionized the prosthetic industry.

Hanger Inc., the company Hanger founded, still operates today and is the country’s largest provider of artificial limbs.



The Reading Education Assistance Dogs program presented by WAGS for Hope continues at 5:30 p.m. June 17. If you have a reluctant reader in your house, therapy animals are the perfect antidote for those who aren’t into reading. Children read to the animal who is non-judgmental. It is a great opportunity for more reading aloud by your child.



The June selection for the Charles Town Library’s book is “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America” by Erik Larson.

The book is a nail-biting account of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor who used the fair to lure his victims. The club, open to anyone, meets at 3:30 p.m. June 17. It should be a lively and thought-provoking discussion.


– Marcella Genz, director of the Charles Town Library, may be reached at 304-725-2208. The library is closed on Sundays and open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday





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