This year’s summer reading program at the Mount Airy Public Library has much to offer — especially for sports fans.
Angela Llewellyn, who coordinates the program, said this year the library has picked sports and fitness for its theme. This is meant to tie into this year’s Summer Olympics, and the motto will be, “On your mark. Get set. Read.”
Llewellyn said the program always starts with a week-long book fair, and this year is no different. A Scholastic book fair, which begins on Monday and wraps up the following Saturday, will take place during the library’s normal operating hours.
The more books sold at the fair, the more the publishing company will donate to the library, according to Llewellyn.
On June 18 the fun begins, said Llewellyn. A game of quidditch will commence at 11 a.m. at the library. Of course, only muggles are expected to show for the event, so there will be no flying on brooms as Harry Potter and his teammates do in J.K. Rowling’s books.
Instead, Llewellyn said competitors will run with foam pool noodles between their legs. All ages are welcomed, including adults. At least 15 players are needed, but multiple games can be played to accommodate more people.
On June 21, a series of movies will kick off. The sports-themed movies will be shown at 2 p.m. every Tuesday through the end of July. All films are rated “PG,” and include such titles as baseball movie The Sandlot and hockey movie The Mighty Ducks.
Llewellyn said a “rally for reading” will take place on June 23 at 2 p.m., a program which kicks off a series of programs every subsequent Thursday through the end of July.
“We want to get kids excited about reading,” said Llewellyn, who has enlisted some help in the undertaking.
She said the Mount Airy Police Department will be grilling hot dogs, and the Mount Airy Women’s Club will provide popcorn. Pepsi has agreed to provide beverages.
There’s also a special treat, said Llewellyn. Two Carolina Panthers TopCat cheerleaders will visit the library. They will be available for photo opportunities and autographs, and they will also speak to attendees about what it takes to become a TopCat and the experience of the Super Bowl. The two will be at the library for an hour.
Other Thursday events include plays and story-telling. Llewellyn also said she’s partnered with staff at Reeves Community Center to put a reading walk together which incorporates various exercises along the way.
Programs are best suited for elementary and middle school-aged students, according to Llewellyn. Relevant books will be on display at all events.
All events are free, but Llewellyn said she’s asking parents register their children for the summer program. This will help the library prepare for the events. The first 400 children who register will receive a free book bag containing various supplies.
One may register or garner more information by stopping by the library or calling the library at 789-5108.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.