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From the library: Scare up a good book!

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

Calling all kids! As you plan your summer fun, be sure to include, “Scare up a Good Book,” a Washington District Library and Sunnyland Branch summer reading program extraordinaire! This program is for young people, ages 3 to 18. Prizes are awarded to all who read, with special rewards for reaching your reading goal.

There are two summer reading programs offered, one for children age 3 to 12 and another for teens ages 13 to 18. Students just finishing sixth grade may choose which program they wish to sign up for.

Special events have been planned to keep our youth busy and excited about reading this summer! Some of the events for 3 to 12 year-olds include the following: a Ronald McDonald Magic Show, puppets and magic, a ghost hunter, storyteller, Linda Lowery, mad science, “Where the wild things are,” Forest Park Animal Scare Tactics, author Mike Rucker reading his “Terry the Tractor” books and a reader’s theater performance.

Additional activities offered this summer at the library include: reader’s theater for fifth through eighth graders, Red Cross babysitting class, a cemetery walk co-sponsored by the Washington Historical Society, monster storytime, musical fun with Tracy, monster making workshop with Mike Anderson and a monstrously fun carnival as our final event!

Some of these programs require advance registration. Awesome summer reading T-shirts will also be available.

For the teens, our newly updated program will allow teens in grades six through 12 to count the number of hours read, instead of books, to earn “library bucks.” These “bucks” can be cashed in at the new O.W.L.

(Our Washington Library) Store for cool prizes like books, movies, gift certificates, T-shirts, candy, novelty toys and more great items!

Some of the activities for teens this summer include: two different movie nights; Serengeti Steve with his menagerie of snakes, spiders, scorpions and other creepy creatures and paranormal investigator Chad Lewis, telling tales of Illinois’ haunted places, phantom creatures and graveyard apparitions; a night of telling scary stories in the Glendale Cemetery; and crickets, sardines, goat milk, and more to eat at our fear factor food event. To end our summer, teens can be a part of our trip to the Peoria Zoo.

Check at the library and on our Web site for more details about what’s happening and when for different age groups. Kids of all ages can join the summer reading program to plan an exciting summer of thrills and chills.