BOB BECKSTEAD/JOHNSON NEWSPAPERSYoungsters and their families participate in one of the 2017 summer reading program activities at the Massena Public Library. Registration for this year’s program begins Saturday.

MASSENA — The Massena Public Library and Brasher Falls Library have teamed up with the Nicandri Nature Center for past summer reading programs, and this year they’ll be offering something different.

The Words in the Woods Family Fun Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 22 at the Nicandri Nature Center. The free celebration will kick off the library’s annual summer reading program. Registration for the program begins Saturday.

“We’ve had some very successful partnerships with them. We’re always eager to work with them. That’s great exposure for all of us,” library Director Elaine Dunne said.

The Words in the Woods Family Fun Day will include a fun run, a 5-kilometer for teens and adults and a 1/3-kilometer for kids. A 2-kilometer walk through the woods is also available. There will also be several Storywalks through the trails.

In addition, the nature center staff will offer an educational program, and the library will offer a nature-themed story and craft. Make-and-take crafts will be available throughout the day.

All attendees will receive a free lunch, and there will be book giveaways for all the kids from the North Country Library System.

Ms. Dunne said the library received a grant through the North Country Library System for the day’s program.

“We are going to use the funds as a kickoff to the summer reading program. That will kind of be the official kickoff,” she said.

She said that, while the day centers around the summer reading program, it also emphasizes physical fitness.

“The whole idea is it’s kind of a fun way to get families involved in celebrating the end of the school year and the start of summer reading,” Ms. Dunne said.

Summer reading isn’t just for kids either, she said. They also have an adult reading program, and encourage families to read together.

She said they’re also working with Robert Moses State Park to set up a “popup library” for the summer in the campsite registration building, encouraging more individuals to pick up a book this summer.

The theme for the 2019 summer reading program is “A Universe of Stories.” The goal is to encourage youngsters to continue reading during summer vacation so that valuable reading skills won’t be lost.

The Massena and Brasher Falls libraries will have events throughout July, culminating with a two-hour beach party from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 2 in the Robert Moses State Park beach gazebo. An invitation to the party is awarded to all children who sign up for summer reading. There will also be light refreshments and games.

Children from ages birth to 12 who sign up for the independent reading program will receive a solar system card to start recording minutes they’ve spent reading independently or with a caregiver. Participating in one of the local story time sessions can also count on the reading log.

A free book, Taco Bell coupon and Stewart’s ice cream cone certificate are among the rewards for reading, as well as an invitation to the beach party. Those who complete the entire solar system of reading will be entered into a drawing that will take place during the beach party.

Readers in the adult/teen summer reading program can check out a book, e-book, audiobook, magazine or DVD and they’ll earn a sticker for a bookmark they’ll receive when they sign up. Once the bookmark has six stickers, they’ll receive a coupon for a free beverage and snack from the library coffee bar. Those with completed bookmarks will also be entered to win a grand prize, which will be drawn on Aug. 5.

A complete list of activities that will be offered this summer can be found in a summer reading program newsletter that’s available at the library’s front desk or at https://www.massenapubliclibrary.org/.

“It is going to be another great summer. People can expect us to be all over the community this summer as we partner with various organizations,” Ms. Dunne said.

For more information, call the Massena Public Library at 315-769-9914 or Brasher Falls Library at 315-389-5033.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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