by Terry Rogers
The Summer Reading Program at the Milford Public Library kicked off on Friday, June 14 and will run through August 10, offering children of all ages many activities, events and programs designed to encourage reading over the summer months. On Wednesday, June 19, the library will offer the Turtle Dance Music & The Music Bubbles and Comedy Show at 5:30 PM in Library Square Park.
“This is a high energy music and comedy show,” Robin Lank, Children’s Librarian, said. “This is an autism-friendly event that encourages kids to read. The children are engaged with songs, comedy and bubbles along with music technology designed to show them that reading rocks. The show is 45 minutes and includes hands-on, visual and sensory experiences. The kids get to dance, sing and understand why reading is important.”
From June 14 through July 31, children are encouraged to register for “A Universe of Stories,” a program developed to encourage children to continue reading throughout the summer as well as to help them develop a lifelong love of reading. Children from birth to 12 can register during library hours or online at www.milford.beanstack.org.
“Everyone who reads for ten hours will receive a certificate signed by Governor Carney, a complimentary book from the Delaware Division of Libraries and a special gift from the Milford Public Library,” Lank said. “Reading incentive prizes will be awarded for every five hours of reading.”
On June 21, the library will hold a Summer Surprise Paint Night at 6:30 PM and registration is required for that event. On June 28, “Footsteps on the Moon,” a program that celebrates the Apollo missions that resulted in humans landing on the surface of the moon. Children revisit the Apollo 11 mission and are encouraged to dream about their own part in the future of space exploration. “Alice in Wonderland” will be presented by the Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre on July 12.
In celebration of Shark Week which will air on the Discovery Channel starting July 28, the Milford Library is holding a “Shark Stuffies” program which will allow participants to stuff their own shark toy. That program will be held on July 13 at 11 AM and, on July 19, there will be a Shark Week Paint Night at 6:30 PM. Registration is required for the paint night event. Stevens Puppets and Marionettes will present the Wizard of Oz on July 30 at 10:30 AM.
“On August 7 at 2 PM, we welcome back Turtle Dance Music,” Lank said. “They will perform “Space! Cosmos for Kids,” a concert that focuses on science. The concert includes songs and interactive activities based on revolution and rotation, the location of the planets in the solar system, the moon landing and more. Then, on August 10 at 11 AM, Jungle John will be at the library with his friends, Wally Gator, an alligator that is almost 7-feet long, along with Larry Boa, a 10-foot boa constrictor plus several more reptiles and amphibians.”
The Summer Reading Program will also offer crafts each Wednesday and they are planning an Escape Room August 1st, 2nd and 3rd. For more information on the Summer Reading Program and other programs available for children, call 302-422-8996.