WHEELING - The Ohio County Public Library's Children's Department will launch its 2013 Summer Reading Program in June.
Themed "Dig Into Reading," the program will feature books, stories and events that have to do with digging everything from coal to gardens to dinosaur fossils and treasures.
Students who register for the program are encouraged to read for five hours by the end of the 10-week program. They are given a time log to keep track of their reading. Each week, this time log may be returned to the library for a sticker and a small prize. Free programs will be provided throughout the summer for those who register, and everyone who completes the program receives a ticket to the Finale Pool Party at Wheeling Park.
The free programming begins at noon June 1 with author Stacie Vaughn Hutton speaking about her book "Shovelful of Sunshine" about a young girl coping with her father's work as a coal miner. Cheryl Harness illustrated the book, and Landau Eugene Murphy, recording artist and West Virginia native, wrote the foreword. Hutton will have copies available for purchase and signing. The program will include a mining activity with cookies for participating children. The official "Dig Into Reading" kick-off celebration will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 10. The event will include information about the program, stories, a treasure hunt, planting seeds and making a construction vest. The remaining "Dig Into Reading" program schedule:
3:30 p.m. June 13, "Children's Gardening." Danny Swan from the East Wheeling Community Gardens will discuss gardening for the entire family. A reading of "Jack's Garden" by Henry Cole and a walk to the local garden will follow.
7 p.m. June 17, "Collage Art Creations." After a reading of "Art" by Patrick McDonald for inspiration, collage artist Michael Albert will help participants create a unique recycled art collage. Families will receive a poster signed by Albert. Bring recycled cereal boxes.
3:30 p.m. June 27, "Make Your Own Garden Gnome Sock Puppet." After a reading of "The Gnome's Home" by West Virginia author Linda Stevenski, participants will transform an ordinary sock into a garden gnome sock puppet. Bring a white sock.
7 p.m. July 1, "Storytellers Peanut Butter and Jam." Ohio storytellers Peanut Butter and Jam will entertain with new and original tales, old tales and songs. Families will hear about books in a way they never have before in a combination of theater and storytelling that brings books to life. The use of action, props, humor and surprise as Peanut Butter and Jam "act-out" the books, exposes children to good literature in a most unusual way.
3:30 p.m. July, "SMART Science Centre 'Digs' into Science." Libby and Robert Strong from SMART Science will teach about science through hands-on activities. Through a reading of "Dinosaurs" by Gail Gibbons, children will learn about dinosaurs, fossils and other treasures found through digging. There will be a display of book treasures for families to check out.
7 p.m. July 15, "Sweet Mountain Sound." This educational program is a treasury of old-time Appalachian songs, customs, superstitions, ghost stories and tall tales. Instruments featured include the Appalachian plucked dulcimer, banjo, guitar, fiddle, zither, autoharp, jaw harp, jugs, spoons and penny whistle. Families are invited to participate by singing and clapping along.
3:30 p.m. July 18, "Salad People." Children will learn about healthy eating by using fruits and vegetables to create their own "salad person." The program includes a reading of "Rah, Rah, Radishes" by April Pulley Sayre.
3:30 p.m. July 25, "Create Your Own Jurassic Amber Fossil Soap." Amber is fossilized tree resin. Because it originates as a soft, sticky tree resin, amber sometimes contains animal and plant material as inclusions. Participants will make a soap version of amber with some mini bugs trapped inside and read "Fossils Tell of Long Ago" by Aliki.
3:30 p.m. July 30, "Ventriloquist Mark Wade." Meet ventriloquist Mark Wade and his Head Engineer in Charge of Digging, Edgar Beaver. Edgar is in search of the secret library buried somewhere in the vicinity, and he's not going to stop digging until he finds the treasure. Call the library at (304) 232-0244 for information.