Summer reading for kids

The public library is preparing for the start of its summer reading programs on June 20. The programs, one for children up to entering sixth grade, and the other for older children, were developed for local libraries nationally by the nonprofit Collaborative Summer Reading Program. Both Fizz Boom READ, the program for younger children, and SPARK a Reaction, the one for older ones, have a science theme. Participants in Fitz Boom READ can earn a “Book Buck” for each book they read, which can then be used to purchase books, toys, and games at the library. Both programs will feature special events. Included are a magic show, a weekly art lab, and weekly story times for the younger children; a robot-making workshop for the older children; and a concluding Toe Jam Concert Aug. 13 that will be presented for any participant of either program who reads 10 books or more. For more information, stop by the library, call 508-823-1344 or go to