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'Book' your plans for summer

Librarians in Washington County and throughout the nation are encouraging kids to have fun reading during summer vacation 2009. Studies show that students who read over the summer are better prepared for school success in the fall.

Summer reading activities begin June 6 and continue through Aug. 15 at all Washington county branch libraries.

This year's theme for kids is "Be Creative @ Your Library." Kids can participate in a variety of activities.

• Summer Reading Program - Visit your library, get a library card, and join the summer reading program. Log 20 hours of reading time to earn a prize, while supplies last, and have your name displayed on the Library's "Wall of Fame." Also, have your name entered into a drawing for prizes.

• Read & Win Drawings - Using a library entry form, readers will write about or draw pictures of the books they've read. Entry forms returned to the library will be entered in one of two drawings held during the summer reading program.

• Summer Fun Programs - A full lineup of summer fun programs including special performers, art activities, science programs, storytimes, and "Dog Gone Reading," are scheduled throughout the summer. Find a complete list of events at

• Book Clubs - Join one of the book clubs meeting at the R. H. Stafford library. Get the details at or by calling (651) 731-1320.

• Teen Read program for readers 12 to 18 - The 2009 theme for Teen Read is "Express Yourself @ Your Library."

Readers will fill out review forms for books read. Review forms returned to the library, become entries in a drawing for prizes. Reviews may also be submitted on Facebook and MySpace, "Washington County Library for Teens." A list of suggested titles compiled by teens and library staff is available at the library's website and at the library.

Game nights, book clubs and other special programs for teens are planned. Visit the library's teen page, "Teen Topics" at; the "Washington County Library for Teens" Facebook page; or the "Washington County Library for Teens" MySpace page to find out what's happening for teens.

Questions about any of the programs may be directed to the R.H. Stafford branch library at (651) 731-1320.