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Library's summer reading program underway

Long a community standby, the Summer Reading Program (SRP) at the South Cheatham Public Library in Kingston Springs got underway Thursday, June 13 with a magic show by Terry Hedges.


Themed “Adventures Begin at Your Library,” the weekly series of activities is open to children of all ages and will continue each Thursday morning, beginning at 10:30, through July 18 (except for July 4). The program is planned and presided over by Velvet Collier.


According to library assistant Mary Jo Smith, “The primary focus group is the early-to-late elementary and early middle school ages. But anything from infants to 13- or 14-year-olds. We have a lot of toddlers and younger kids because they're siblings [of the participants] or they just come. They're involved too. You don't even have to read. You can just be read to.”


Children who are able to read are encouraged to keep reading logs to qualify for prizes.


Smith says the structured part of each session is “usually 45 minutes to an hour. Afterwards, kids are around doing crafts or other activities.”


These are the remaining SRP dates and themes:

  • June 20: Pegram Classical Conversations Drama Club. “Dress as your favorite book, book series or character or have a [representative] picture or poster.”

  • June 27: Harpeth River State Park with Ranger Sydni. “Dress in outdoor adventure clothes. Will get dirty, messy and, maybe, wet.”

  • July 4: No program.

  • July 11: Mr. Bond's Science Guys/STEM Adventure. “Dress as a mad scientist, robot or anything related to science or STEM.”

  • July 18: Around the World Adventure. “Show your USA colors and spirit, or [spotlight and celebrate] your favorite country.”


Additional details are available at the library.

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