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North Library will rock this summer

May 30, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Most students make significant gains in their reading skills each school year. But, when summer comes, those gains can be lost if they don't continue to read.

The North Fort Myers Library will host its summer reading program events at the North Fort Myers Recreation Center for the second straight year, called Libraries Rock!

"We will have nice presentations with professional performers for kids and teens. Last summer campers attended many of our programs and we'll be able to promote our summer reading program to them," said Denise Hancock, head librarian at the North Fort Myers Library.

These events, which are being promoted throughout the Lee County Library System, are not only fun, but also promote the joy of reading to children from kindergarten to incoming seniors.

Hancock said the schools and parents have been the best promoters of their programs.

"I've been impressed with those teachers who are emphasizing the need to read during the summer or they'll fall back," Hancock said. "I'm happy to hear they're promoting summer reading and also the parents see it as a time to read for pleasure and give them what they like to read."

The programs are free. However, tickets for admission must be picked up at the temporary library site at 50 Pine Island Road, Ste. 10.

Programs are for children who have finished kindergarten through fifth-grade or entering sixth- through 12th-grade. Also, children and teens of all ages can pick up an activity calendar and receive a free book.

Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Stop in the library to pick up a free ticket up to one week in advance of each program.

Free programs started Tuesday and run through Aug. 11. Children's programs are planned for 11 a.m. Wednesdays and include:

June 13 Sounds of Nature

June 20 - PBS Kids Read!

June 27 Rockin' Magic Show

July 11 Drumming with Ndakthe

July 18 John Storms: World of Reptiles

July 25 The Science of Sound with DoDad's Lab

Teen programs are planned for 2 p.m. Tuesdays and include:

June 12 Rockin' in the Kitchen

June 19 Sounds of Nature

June 26 Roll with It!

July 10 Dance to the Rhythm

July 17 Meet and Greet with NFL player Jaylen Watkins

July 24 Juggling Workshop for Teens

Libraries Rock! Bingo started Tuesday and provides adults with opportunities to win prizes, such as books and gift cards, while exploring library resources. All locations will continue to offer adult programming throughout the summer, which includes a variety of topics such as crafting, genealogy, business workshops, book discussion groups and gardening programs.

There will also be a story time for babies and toddlers which will be held at the temporary library facility.

For more information, call Telephone Reference at 479-INFO (4636), stop by any library branch, or visit the Lee County Library System website,



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