Clarion Library launches summer reading program

From staff reports

Readers of all ages will explore all things musical this summer as the Clarion Free Library presents “Libraries Rock” during their summer library program.

The program has activities that include group games, musical crafts, art projects, science and engineering experiments, movies and more.

The 2018 Summer Quest is open to young people, preschool through young adult, with programs, prize drawings, story times, and a reading club. Programs include a Read to Me story time, summer reading club, puppy dog tales, BABES puppet shows, family nights, teen programs, movies, pizza parties and a summer carnival.

Reading programs help prevent “Summer Slide,” the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. Children’s programs are for preschool through young adults and will feature stories about music, sounds, and all things that “rock,” along with games and activities that promote literacy and learning.

The following are the programs and activities for the summer program:

Families are invited to join the summer carnival which will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. Everyone can enjoy games, snacks, music, crafts and more.

A summer reading club for independent readers will meet from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays June 12 to July 31.

Puppy dog tales program will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, June 13 to July 25. This program consists of reading to therapy dogs.

Little learners program will meet at 10 a.m. every Friday at the Clarion Free Library.

Family nights program will be held on Thursdays, June 14 to July 26. Times vary on this program.

Fun time play group will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Read to me story time program will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays from June 12 to July 31. Children will hear stories, make crafts, sing songs and have fun.

PASSAGES, Inc. will present the “BABES” puppet program at 1:30 p.m. on June 21 and 28; July 12, 19 and 26 and August 2, 9 and 16. BABES is an eight lesson primary prevention program which provides basic introductory and factual information on feelings, personal safety, alcohol, drugs, violence and bullying. The BABES program uses seven lovable puppet characters to bring these valuable lessons to children. For more information concerning this program, contact Ben Thompson of PASSAGES, Inc. at (814) 226-7273.

Kick off summer reading at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7. Registration for “Libraries Rock” begins at that time.

For more information, call the library at (814) 226-7172 or visit

All programs are free of charge.