By Debby Farmer
School is out, and the lazy days of summer are here. Be sure you have a good book handy when you’re lounging at the beach or sprawled out on the backyard hammock. Catch up on that PBS series or movies you missed with our expanding DVD and video collections. Check out a previous bestseller on tape or cd to listen to while traveling to your vacation destination.
Kids, now’s the time to come in and sign up for Summer Reading Club. Your children’s area has gone “animal crazy” with this year’s theme, “Paw, Claws, Scales and Tales.”
Read your first five books toward your reading goal and adopt a stuffed animal to read to this summer. (The library is soliciting donations of new or like new stuffed animals.) Keep reading and earn more prizes. Enter the weekly drawing for Birch Bay Waterslides or Miniature World passes. Again this year you can have up to $5 in overdue fines forgiven, but you must join before July 15.
Teens, under your summer reading program, “Creature Feature,” submit short reviews of books you’re reading. Each review equals a chance in your own weekly drawing for passes.
New this year, summer reading is “Blog-O-Liscious!” Post your reviews on the summer reading blog from home or at the library. Go to www.wcls.org and follow the links. Have overdue fines? The library will waive up to $5 if you submit a written or blog review by July 15.
A huge thank you goes to the following folks who have pledged donations to benefit the Whatcom Humane Society and Sardis Raptor Center, based on the number of books read by the kids: Doug Freeman Real Estate, Hagen’s of Blaine, Blaine Insurance, Marge Henry and Billie Squires. It’s not too late for you to do the same, and help promote reading in your community!
If photography is more your thing, then you’ll want to enter the “Some R Reading” online photo contest. Photos should somehow relate to reading or all things library. Prizes will be awarded for various categories including adult, teen, kids, people’s choice, funniest, best special effect/digital, enhancement, and best depiction of this year’s summer reading themes, “Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales,” and “Creature Feature.” For further information and entry forms visit the Blaine Library or the WCLS website.
Look for Rory the Reading Lion to make an appearance in the Fourth of July parade. He’ll be handing out hugs and bookmarks and reminding you of the gigantic book sale going on at the library on June 30, July 1, 3, and 4.
The library is currently accepting donations for the book sale. Books, tapes, cds, videos, DVDs, etc. in good condition are welcomed. Please – no text books or condensed books. Pick-up is available for larger donations by phoning 332-8350.
For more information contact the library at 332-8146.