The 2018 Summer Reading program at the Carthage Public Library kicks off with a visit from a New Guinea singing dog, a plated lizard, a tree frog and more.

The 2018 Summer Reading program at the Carthage Public Library kicks off with a visit from a New Guinea singing dog, a plated lizard, a tree frog and more.
The group Animal Tales will provide the entertainment and the learning for the Reading program's kick off event at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, at Carthage Memorial Hall.
Sherri Luce, Children's Director at the Library, said the opening ceremony will feature demonstrations about the sounds animals make in the wild.
“Because our theme this year is 'Libraries Rock,' it's all about animals that make a specific noise,” Luce said. “We have a show at 10 a.m. and another show at 3 p.m. It'll usually last 45 to 55 minutes. There's an educator that will come and talk about each of the animals and take them out of their cages and talk about each one. At the end of the show they'll usually have two to four of them that will be available for kids to come up and take pictures.”
Luce said Wednesday's event is the opener to a summer full of fun and learning that's all free to area children.
From Monday, June 4 to Wednesday, July 25, events will be happening four, five and sometimes six days a week at the Library, located at 612 S. Garrison Ave., Carthage.
There will be the routine weekly events for younger kids such as the bilingual story time on Mondays, and the story times on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Luce said Tuesday afternoons are dedicated to teens and tweens a variety of activities at an event from 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Thursday afternoons are for third graders through sixth graders, and the Library has activities for adults, usually on Monday evenings or some Saturdays.
Luce said the events are geared to prevent something educators call the “summer slide,” when children lose some of what they learned in the school year during their summer break and have to spend classroom time getting caught back up.
“(Library Director) Julie (Yockey) and I have been educators for our adult life and we have seen first hands that kids, when they get back to school in the fall, they have to make up a couple of months worth of school because they have lost two to three months of their reading skills and a lot of times math skills as well,” Luce said. “Just by reading 15 to 20 minutes a day during the summer, they are able to maintain if not show a little growth over the summer so when they return to school, when they have read just a few minutes each day, they are ready to jump back in and they've not lost any ground.”
Luce said the Summer Program includes a reading challenge for kids of all ages.
Kids can earn small prizes throughout the summer and earn chances in drawings for larger prizes by turning in reading logs showing they've read a certain amount of time during the eight-week program.
The goal is 600 minutes through those eight weeks for kids up to second grade, 800 minutes for kids from third to seventh grades and 1,000 minutes for older children.
“They can come in, turn their reading logs in and earn incremental prizes, and every time they turn in a reading log for those incremental prizes they get a drawing slip to put in for our larger prizes,” Luce said. “At the end of the summer we have a drawing for those larger prizes and they might win a Kindal or some of our toys they enjoy playing with here at the library.”