Community news from throughout the area

Benedict Gan, 7, was the first person to register at the Schiappa branch. -- Contributed

237 registered for library

summer reading club first day

STEUBENVILLE — The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County has 237 people register for its Build A Better World Summer Reading Club on the first day.

The club is for all ages — from children to adults — and is sponsored in part by the Krnich estate.

Other programs and activities happening at the library’s various locations are:

Adena Branch (740) 546-3782

Adults: Book Club will meet for discussion today at 5:30 p.m.

Children: Build a birdhouse on today at 2 p.m.

Brilliant Branch (740) 598-4028

Children: Paint a wooden birdhouse Thursday at 6 p.m.

Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant Branch (740) 769-2090

Adults: Do a craft, an Uncle Sam’s centerpiece, on Thursday.

Children: Build a birdhouse on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Color a flower pot Friday at 2 p.m.

Babygarten, for parents with children ages birth to 2, on Thursday at 11:15 a.m.

Schiappa Branch (740) 264-6166

Build a tiny terrarium on Friday at 6 p.m. Registration is required.

Teen karaoke is Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Teen gaming is Wednesday anytime from 5:30-8 p.m. Play games on PS4, PS3, XBOX360+Kinect and Wii.

Tech Help to download e-books, magazines and more from the library’s website to an electronic device is available Wednesday anytime from 1-9 p.m. Schedule a 15-minute appointment by calling the library.

Play and Learn, for birth to 4 with parent, will be Thursday at 11 a.m. and at 6 p.m. It is a lapsit program that shares books, rhymes and early literacy skills.

Tiltonsville branch (740) 859-5163

Children: Paint a wooden birdhouse Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Cool Kids Fun Days offer

safety, awareness learning

WEIRTON — First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union will host its 12th-annual installment of Cool Kids Fun Days, an outreach that offers fun and learning about safety and awareness issues for area children up to age 13.

A salute to first responders is this year’s focus, according to Betty Jo Welch, marketing coordinator for the credit union, who explained the event will be held in four locations this week from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

They include Jim Wood Park, Steubenville’s West End, Tuesday; Chester City Park, Wednesday; Sonneborn Shelter, Wheeling Park, Thursday; and the Three Springs office in Weirton on Friday.

Area children are invited to join in the free event that includes inflatable amusements, games, special guests, prizes, refreshments and a live broadcast by FROGGY Radio from noon to 2 p.m.

Children who already are not a “Cool Kid” will receive a $5 coupon to become one.

Questions about the event can be directed to (304) 748-8600.

Welch said the event has a different theme each year, and this year’s June offerings will center around safety and awareness issues as presented by first-responders. The Weirton event, for example, will have a smokehouse that offers specifics about what to do in the event of a house fire.

Each location is expected to host “a couple hundred” children, and thousands have been involved in the free fun days since their inception, according to Welch.

Brooke County Soccer Club

announces signup procedure

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Soccer Club will be accepting online registrations for players of various ages at its website at

The cost is $85 per player for players, age 6-14; and $60 each for players, age 4 and 5. The cost includes jersey, shorts and socks, and a payment plan is available. The deadline for registration is July 7 for the older group and July 28 for the younger group.

Four- and five-year-olds who may be interested in soccer may try it at no cost from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Brooke High School soccer field.

The club has spring and fall seasons and has added a traveling league.

Formed in 1983, it is a member of the West Virginia Soccer Association and is affiliated with the U.S. Soccer Foundation and U.S. Soccer.

For information, call (304) 670-6533.