Local libraries offer summer activities

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A reading program has been established at both the Cameron-J. Jarvis Troup Municipal Library and the Whitehouse Community Library.

The Troup library’s reading program will last six weeks, beginning Wednesday, June 20, and continuing each Wednesday through July 25 and is open to all children who have just completed 5th grade and younger.

Stories and craft time will begin at 2 p.m. each week with three groups of children including those who have completed kindergarten and younger, those who have completed first and second grades, and students who have completed third, fourth and fifth grades.

At 2:45 p.m., a guest speaker or movie will be featured in the Community Room, depending on the week.

A goal of 20 books has been set for children younger than third grade and each reader will receive a prize for every five books read. Children above third grade will earn a prize for every 100 pages read and the goal is to reach 400 pages during the program.

To earn prizes, participants must be registered and keep a log of books read. Books are chosen by each reader and will count towards earning prizes as long as the book is at or above grade level. Registration forms and reading logs are available at the library.

The Troup library is open 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 3-7 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

For more information about the Troup library or the reading program, visit www.trouplibrary.org, or call (903) 842-3101.

The Whitehouse Community Library is also offering a summer reading program. Registration began June 2. Sign up to participate and receive a reading log. Once a reading log is completed, it can be turned in for small prizes or treat coupons and the reader will be entered for the grand prize to be given away at the end of the program.

Reading prizes include treat coupons to Andy’s Custard, Bahama Buck’s, Chik-fil-A, Dairy Queen, McDonald’s and Sonic as well as passes to AMC movie theater, Brush & Board-Lindale, Half Price Books, iJump trampoline park, Putt-Putt Golf & Games, Studio Movie Grill, Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge and ZED Crossfire, plus toys, games, puzzles and books.

The grand prize drawing will take place Saturday, August 4.

Daily activities intended for a variety of age groups are scheduled at the library throughout the month of June.

Storytime begins at 10:30 a.m. each Monday for ages four and younger and includes books, rhymes, crafts and snacks.

Kindermusik takes place at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, is a family style class and consists of music and movement created for children from birth to five years. Beginning at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Summer Kidz Club hosts activities for students 6-12 years of age.

STEAM Team meets 3 p.m. Thursdays to conduct fun, hands-on activities. June STEAM Team activities will focus on music. On Thursday, June 14, representatives of the Caldwell Zoo will introduce library guests to a few animals.

Fridays, beginning at 3 p.m., the library will supply all necessary items for do-it-yourself crafts.

Color Me Happy is a Saturday offering in which markers, colored pencils, crayons and a selection of coloring pages are provided.

The library is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

For more information about library activities, visit www.whitehousecommunitylibrary.com, send email to whitehousetxlibrary@gmail.com or call (903) 839-2949.

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