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Summer Reading Fun at Libraries in Annapolis

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, 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 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 Annapolis Area Library this summer:

Summer Reading Club Kick Off (for all ages)  
Wednesday, June 20 from 2 to 5 p.m.; storytimes at 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.              
If Pigs Could Fly
Monday, June 25 at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
 
Dreams and Magic!
Tuesday, July 10 at 1:30, 3:30 and 7 p.m.

Ghosts & Monsters of Maryland: (Totally True) Stories to Keep You Up at Night
Tuesday, July 17, 7 to 8 p.m.

Sign Language Dreams
Thursday, July 19 at 11:30 am, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
 
By the Sea
Wednesday, July 25 at 9:30 am, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Babies in Bloom (babies up to two years)
June 21; July 5; Aug. 2, 16, and 30 at 9:30 a.m. 
Program repeated at 10:30 a.m.

LegoMania!
Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Dinosaur Romp
Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 9:30 a.m, program repeated at 11 a.m. 
Thursday, Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Learn Safety with Otto the Auto
Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 9:30 a.m., program repeated at 10:15 a.m.

And for the adults ... 

Introduction to Finding Funders
Wednesday, June 13 from 2 to 5 p.m.

How to Approach a Foundation
Wednesday, June 13 from 6 to 8:45 p.m.

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

Summer Reading Club Kick Off - Dream Big (for school-aged children)
Wednesday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dreams and Magic!
Monday, June 25 at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
 
Sign Language Dreams
Tuesday, July 10 at 7 p.m.
 
By the Sea
Wednesday, July 18 at 11:30 a.m.
 
If Pigs Could Fly
Wednesday, July 25 at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

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