Get ready for summer reading fun at the library

By Haywood County Library | Jun 10, 2014

Throughout the year, the Haywood County Public Library offers programming for the children and teens of the community. These programs introduce children to the library and to the joy of reading and learning. The library gives them a safe place to explore the world around them.

During the summer, the library offers a Summer Reading Program to the children of our community to encourage them to read for pleasure during the summer and to retain their reading skills. There have been numerous studies linking summer reading to better school performance. Studies show that students who do not participate in educational activities or read over the summer lose at least two months of information they had learned at school just weeks before. This is referred to as “summer learning loss” or “summer slide.” Parents can beat the summer heat and summer reading loss by registering thier child for the library’s Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is Fizz! Boom! Read!, and will feature many science-related programs and activities.

This year the state library has invested in an online Summer Reading tracker. Now kids will be able to sign up for the Summer Reading Program and keep track of their progress online. Click on the link in the top left corner of the library’s website — — and login. Top readers will have their pictures displayed in the Reading Hall of Fame. In addition, participants have a chance to win some cool prizes by not only reading, but by also attending a library program or writing a book recommendation.

Come kick off the summer with Jonathan Fain, of Stones and Bones Fossils, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, at the Canton Branch Library and at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 19, at the Waynesville Branch Library.

Dig into the past with Fain as he presents an entertaining and interactive program that explores how volcanoes and plate tectonics created the Appalachian Mountains.  Find out what life was like here before the dinosaurs roamed the earth.  Examine an extensive collection of fossils and rocks and make your own fossil discoveries.

The Super Summer Science Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Waynesville Branch Library. There will be entertainment by Dr. Despicable at 11a.m. and 1 p.m., and fun science experiments for everyone to try. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided by the Friends of the Library. Come out and get ready for summer and have some fun as we Fizz! Boom! Read!

The library has more awesome events planned to get the kids excited and ready to read this summer. Most programs are designed for all ages and abilities. The Summer Science Club for children ages 9 and older. Club meetings will be held at both libraries and will include science experiments, fun make-and-take activities and special guests.

Children ages 9-16 are invited to attend and will need to call the library to register Call Canton Branch Library at 648-2924 or Waynesville Branch Library at 452-5169.

For a full schedule of summer reading events, visit and click on the Summer Reading tab.