Local Libraries continue summer programs

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The Troup and Whitehouse libraries continue to offer summer reading and other programs.

The summer reading program of the Cameron-J. Jarvis Troup Municipal Library is for students who have completed fifth grade and younger. A reading log must be kept but children can choose the books they wish to read.

The goal for readers younger than third grade is to complete a total of 20 books and a prize will be given after every five books finished. For students above third grade, the goal is to read 400 pages during the program and a prize will be awarded following each 100 pages.

Stories and craft time is at 2 p.m. each Wednesday through July 25. Different age groups will rotate through the crafts. Beginning at 2:45 in the Community Room, a guest speaker or movie will be presented.

Youth Financial Literacy Camps are being offered through A Circle of Ten, Inc.-Network of Collaboration’s regional literacy initiative, Gateway to American Opportunities, according to information provided by A Circle of Ten, and are funded by Austin Bank, Capital One, Southside Bank, Texas Bank and Trust and the US Department of Agriculture.

The Money Camps are offered 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays through July for ages 5-10, though space is limited. Topics of the camps include needs versus wants and saving versus spending. Registration for Money Camps can be done online by visiting Virtual-Village.org or facebook.com/circleof10.

For more information about the reading program or Money Camps, call the library at (903) 842-3101, visit http://www.trouplibrary.org/newsite/ or the Facebook page Cameron-J. Jarvis Troup Municipal Library.

For additional information about Money Camps, call (903) 590-0288 or email palustig@yahoo.com.

The Whitehouse Community Library also has a reading program and the last day to turn in summer reading logs is Saturday, Aug. 4. Beginning at 3 p.m. on that date, the library will host an End of Summer Reading Program party which will feature a sundae bar sponsored by Brookshire’s-Whitehouse. Drawings for grand prize winners will take place during the party.

Several ongoing weekly events continue throughout July.

Storytime, intended for children age 5 and younger, is presented at 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Storytime includes books, poems, crafts and snacks.

Tuesday afternoons beginning at 1:30 p.m. Summer Kidz Klub offers activities and crafts for students age 6 and older.

STEAM Team meets at 3 p.m. Thursdays for hands-on activities. The theme for July activities is rocks, gems and minerals. STEAM Team is for ages 6 and older.

For those who enjoy crafts and do-it-yourself projects, regardless of age, the library hosts a 3 p.m. Crafternoon each Friday. A special guest from the East Texas Gem and Mineral Society will present a variety of gems and minerals at 3 p.m. Friday, July 20.

For more information on the summer reading program or other offerings of the Whitehouse Community Library, call (903) 839-2949, visit www.whitehousecommunitylibrary.com or view the Facebook page Whitehouse, Tx Community Library.

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