“Have a Blast” with the Florence Community Library’s 2014 Summer Reading Program! 

Registration begins Tuesday, May 27.  Families and their caregivers are strongly encouraged to come to the library and register their children and teens.  This year’s themes are “Fizz! Boom! Read!” for children and early literacy, and “Spark a Reaction” for teens.  The library offers Reading Club along with weekly activities, a raffle, treasure hunt, snacks, and fun incentives!  The program will kick off Saturday, May 31 at 2:00 pm, with an event featuring “Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe.” This event is free and open to the public. 

The Summer Reading Program runs through the month of June.  Children and teens may complete reading logs to win prizes.  There is a series of summer events for all ages.  “Experiment” on Mondays by picking up a Trivia Handout sheet available at the front desk.  Complete the sheet and return it the following week for a fun incentive. On Tuesdays at 2:00 pm, there is “Teen Tuesdays,” showing how music and science are linked.  On Tuesday, June 17 at 2:00 pm, the library will host Michael Dixon of MobileVinylRecorders.com, speaking about the science of how sound works, along with several hands-on activities. 

On Wednesdays at 10:00 am, younger children can “Explore” some good books with Children’s Librarian Ms. Rita, who presents stories, songs, finger plays, and special guests.  Enjoy “Sense-ational” Crafts on Thursdays at 2:00 pm, with a variety of crafts for children of all ages.  

Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to assist younger children.  Registration is required for crafts, although walk-ins are accepted on a space available basis.  Each week ends with a Friday family flick, complete with popcorn and drink.  A family movie is shown in the library programming room each Friday at 1:00 pm, with seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Adults are invited to enjoy summer reading with “Literary Elements.”  Turn in an entry for each book you read.  Every Monday, a random drawing is held for prizes!  Guest speaker programs are also featured.  

On June 13 (Friday the 13th) at 5:30 pm, the library is hosting the Arizona Curriculum Theater as they present “The Poe Experience,” with readings from two Edgar Allen Poe stories.   On Friday, June 20 at 5:30 pm, composer and educator Janice Jarrett presents “Your Brain and Music: Can Music Make You Smarter, Happier, Healthier?”  This discussion examines the science behind music’s powerful effects on our emotions, muscles, and memory.  This presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Florence Community Library, and is made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council.  

For more information about any of the library’s summer programming, please visit the library or call (520) 868-8311.