Children begin enjoying books when they are read to, attend story times at the library, and begin selecting their very own books to check out and take home. Research indicates that children who participate in public library summer reading programs return to school ready to learn, improve their reading achievement and skills, increase their enjoyment of reading, are more motivated to read, are more confident in their reading, read beyond what is required in their free time, and perceive reading to be important.
Raymond Village Library will be participating in Fizz, Boom, Read, the theme for The National 2014 Collaborative Summer Reading Program for children and teens. Mad Science of Maine will be performing during the kick-off on June 29th at 1 p.m. If raining, the kick-off will be held at the Raymond Public Safety Building on 302. Goody Bags filled with a reading log, fun games and Sea Dog tickets will be available at the kick-off. Weekly prizes will be awarded to participants. The program will conclude on August 17th.
July and August programs include: Wednesday, July 9 – Experiment: Create your own goo. Wednesday, July 16 – Origami, create and race paper airplanes. Wednesday, July 23 – Experiment: Create a volcano and watch it explode. Wednesday, August 6 – Fire Safety: Raymond Fire Department. Sunday, August 17 – Dog Safety with Classic Paws. These all take place at 10:30 a.m. outside the Raymond Village Library. Children’s Story Times will be held most Mondays at 10:30 a.m. In case of rain, they will be held at the Raymond Public Safety Building. For more information, call the Raymond Village Library at 655-4283. The summer reading program is sponsored by Gorham Savings Bank.
A grant from Loon Echo Trust has made it possible to have two family star gazing nights on Hacker Hill off of Quaker Ridge Road in Casco in collaboration with the Casco Public Library. Join Ed Gleason from University of Maine Planetarium and David Manchester a member of Southern Maine Astronomers, Tuesday, July 29 and Tuesday, July 12 after dark for meteor showers and star gazing. For more information, call the Raymond Village Library at 655-4283.