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Library provides summer reading kick-off program to keep children learning

May 28, 2014 - By Katie Winkler

Review Staff Writer

The Orion Township Public Library's biggest family event of the year is approaching quickly.

To kick off the summer reading program, the library will throw a party on June 7 from 11a.m. to 2 p.m.

During this time, library members will be able to sign up for their summer reading program, that will take place from June 7 to August 9, and enjoy activities for the whole family. This event is free and will include food, crafts, entertainment and games. The theme for this year's program is science: Youth – Fizz Boom Read, Teens – Spark a Reaction and Adults – Literary Elements.

"Mad scientist group is a performer group that comes and does science experiments. We also asked the Lake Orion's robotics team to come so they will roam around the kick off and doing different demonstrations," Bolin said. "We will have face painting, balloon shaping, henna tattoos, basketball throw, crafts where they can make bookmarks and paper airplanes, and the Lake Orion High School mascot will be here taking pictures."

In additional to the events provided by the library, local businesses, such as Buffalo Wild Wings and Jets, will be donating food, while others will provide other forms of entertainment.

"We also have some tables from different community partners that we work with, such as Flipspot gymnastics will be there with their obstacle course, LA Dance will be with different demonstrations of dance routines," Bolin said. "Our big entertainer is the Paint Creek Boys."

This program gives children and adults the opportunity to dig their noses into some good books this summer. The purpose of the event is to "keep students reading throughout the summer" in a fun and engaging way for the whole family, according to Bolin.

The deadline to sign up for summer reading is August 1st and can be done online, where participants will be able to track their reading hours and look for book suggestions.

"In conjunction to the summer reading program, local businesses are offering discounts and freebees to customers who show their library card. That encourages patrons to get a library card and to shop locally," Bolin said. Participating businesses' can be found online at orionlibrary.org/partners/.

For more information regarding the summer reading program, go online to orionlibrary.org to call (248) 693-3000.

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