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Summer Reading Fun at County Libraries

School is out and the county libraries are ready to help keep kids turning the pages this summer with fun activities and programs.

The textbooks may have closed for the summer but the reading continues for area youth as the county libraries welcome students to the 2012 Summer Reading Club.

This year's theme is Dream Big — Read! for kids in grade 12 and younger.

The annual summer reading program started decades ago, said Laurie Hayes, spokesperson for the Anne Arundel County Public Library system. The participation hovers at about 14,000 each year, she said.

"We are excited and looking forward to hopefully breaking the 15,000 mark this year with kids signing up for program," Hayes said. "We are especially excited about the teen program with an author who will be visiting to confirm or dispel the urban legends on the Monsters of Maryland."

The author, Ed Okonowicz, will be visiting with teens at the North County, Annapolis and West County libraries in July.

The reading program runs for six weeks and there will be prizes for teens and adults who complete activities posted on their Facebook page.

Participants may sign up now at any branch, where they can find suggested reading lists with award-winning books that have been identified as suitable and appropriate for all grade levels.

The library’s club-related programs and activities start June 18 and run through July 28.

For a schedule of events and locations as well as a description of all programs offered by the library this summer, check out Library Happenings! at all library branches, or view the magazine online at www.aacpl.net.

Look on page 18 for details for instructions on how you can win four-packs of tickets to see the Orioles play the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 6.

Get up-to-the-minute information on events and other library news by “liking” the library on Facebook.

Here's what's happening at the this summer:

Kick Off — Pajama-Rama!: 1 to 3 p.m. Monday.

Babies in Bloom: 10:15 a.m. Wednesday and July 18.

Summer activities

  • If Pigs Could Fly: 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. July 23.
  • Dreams and Magic!: 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. June 27.
  • Sign Language Dreams: 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. July 12.
  • By the Sea: 3:30 and 7 p.m. July 16.

Here's what's happening at the this summer:

Big Summer Dreams Kick Off
Monday through Saturday during branch hours

Summer activities

  • If Pigs Could Fly: 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. July 11.
  • Dreams and Magic!: 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. July 16.
  • Sign Language Dreams: 7 p.m. July 24.

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