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Is your child sad that the school year has come to a close? Or does your child need a few weeks off? Maybe your child is behind in reading and you want to find a way to help him or her catch up and get excited about reading.

You might be thinking, I’m a parent and I have no interest in becoming a reading teacher. That’s a teacher’s job.

Or you might be thinking, I can barely read myself, always hated it, don’t read, and don’t care.

Or I read, but I read Spanish or another language other than English.

Know that your child’s success is directly tied to his/her reading ability. During the summer months, children can lose some of what they’ve learned during the school year if they don’t continue to read. With the harsh winter we’ve had, resulting in so many days of school closings, it’s especially important that you do all that you can to promote summer reading.

Laura Adkinsson, youth services librarian for Harlan County libraries, says, “Besides keeping your children safe and healthy, reading is the most important thing you can do for them. Readers don’t just happen: parents have to value reading and model that behavior in the home.”

So head to your public library, go to Amazon and buy some books that interest your child, and sign your child up for a summer reading program.

Summer reading programs offered in Bell and Harlan counties are so full of the magical world of science that I want to attend these sessions myself. Some titles are “Living with Bears,” “Animal Tales,” Forensics,” “Color and Camouflage,” “Up, Up & Away,” “Stuntology,” “Hooked on Science,” “It’s Shocking” and an all-time favorite at camps, crafts. And when they bring in the live snakes, iguanas, and lizards at the end of the programs, I’d keep a safe distance although your child might want to pet these creatures.

Library summer reading program schedules include:


Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and Thursdays at 2 p.m., June 10-July24) (ages 2-12): June 10 — Mr. Molecule’s Science Show; June 17 — Animal Science Classification; June 24 — Color & Camouflage; July 8 — Up, Up and Away; June 15 — The Science of Slime; July 22 — Finale. Because the library is partnered with the Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia. Every Thursday, per the regulations of the foundation, an adult must accompany the child if he/she is to get a free book weekly.

Thursdays at 4 p.m., June 12-24 (ages 12-18): June 12 — Stuntology; June 19 — It’s Shocking; June 26 — Sharpie Tie-Dye T-shirts; July 10 — Brush Bots; July 17 — Surprise Event; July 26 — Hooked on Science.

Registration is preferred, but drop-ins may attend — free of charge. For more information, call 606-337-3422.


Tuesdays at 11 a.m., June 10-July 22 (ages 2-10); Thursdays at 2 p.m., June 12-July 24 (ages 11-18). Registration is preferred, but drop-ins may attend — free of charge. For more information, call 606-248-4812.


Reading Camp at Pine Mountain Settlement School will be held July 13-19 for students entering third- through fifth-grade this fall (who are at least one grade level behind in reading. Children will stay overnight in cabins for the duration of the camp beginning with dinner on July 13 and ending with breakfast on July 19. There are morning and afternoon programs. Registration is required; free of charge. Transportation to and from the PMSS will be provided. Children should bring five outfits of clothing, pajamas, and a swimsuit (If this presents a hardship to the family, these items with be provided with two weeks advanced notification to Michelle Sjogren). Apply at msjogren @readingcamprocks.org. For more information, contact Sjogren at 859-252-6527, ext. 110.

There’s nothing left to say. Just clip the schedules and put it on your refrigerator as a reminder of when, what and where.

Send comments or suggestions to: vbblevins@woh.rr.com

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