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Library offers plenty to do this summer

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Library System is offering an abundance of activities for both children and adults this summer.

Kids of all ages are welcome to participate in the summer reading program, which takes place through July 31. The program is available for kids up to age 18, who can sign up to read or to be read to for at least 15 minutes a day. For every 15 minutes, the child will get a sticker to place on a time log and once the log is full, children can return it to the library to receive a certificate and a free book.

The summer reading program is taking place at all three library locations: the Newton County Library; Porter Memorial Library; and the Newborn Service Outlet.

Studies from the American Library Association show that "summer reading programs in public libraries provide quality learning activities that are fun, and encourage some of the best techniques identified by research as being important to the reading process and to prevent reading loss," according to a press release issued by the Newton County Library System. The American Library Association ha found that children who lose reading skills over the summer are two years behind their classmates.

Kids can also register to win a copy of several books, including "Creole Belle" by James Lee Burke, "Artemis Fowls 8 - The Last Guardian" by Eoin Colfer; or "Geronimo Stilton Saves the Olympics" and "Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt." All books for the drawings are provided by the Friends of the Newton County Library.

Storytellers Andy Irwin, Tersi Bendiberg and Anna Moo will also delight kids throughout the summer. Irwin, a comedic singer and storyteller will be featured at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 at Porter Memorial Library and at 1 p.m. Wednesday July 11 at the Covington branch, as well as at 4 p.m. on July 11 at the Newborn Service Outlet. Anna Moo will be featured at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 24 at the Porter branch and at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 25 at the Covington branch. Bendiberg will perform at Newborn Service Outlet at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25.

Here's a list of other summer activities:

-- Brown Bag Book Club -- noon to 1 p.m., July 18 -- This one's for the adults. Bring a lunch and discuss favorite books with other avid readers on the third Wednesday of each month. The group meets in the Library Board Room at the Covington branch.

-- Chapter and Verse Book Club -- 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., July 10 -- Members will read and discuss works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry on the second Tuesday of the month at the Covington branch.

-- Library Bridge Club --11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., July 18 and 26 -- Expert or novice, if you know how to play bridge, join fellow players on the third and fourth Thursdays of each month for an afternoon of games at the Covington branch.

-- Stories Under the Stars -- 7 p.m. July 17, Covington branch and 7 p.m., July 18 at Porter branch -- This is a family story time. Bring flashlights, wear your PJs and join in the fun.

-- Summer Wrap Party -- 2 p.m. July 30 at Porter branch; 2 p.m. July 31 at Covington branch; and 4 p.m., Aug. 1 at Newborn outlet -- Come celebrate the end of the 2012 Summer Reading Program.

For more information on any of these summer programs call 770-787-3231.

Also, this summer the library system will host the "River of Words" display through July 14.

Each year, River of Words, in affiliation with The Library of Congress Center for the Book, conducts a free international poetry and art contest on the theme of watersheds for ages 5 to 19. The contest is designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live and to express it through poetry and art.

In Georgia, the winning works are reproduced and become part of a traveling exhibit, hosted by the Georgia Center for the Book. Each year the display travels to different libraries throughout the state of Georgia.

The Newton County Library System has hosted the "River of Words" display at different branches in the past and this year, the display is currently available for viewing at the main Covington branch library in Covington.

For more information about 2012 River of Words Georgia contest rules, entry forms, galleries and past state winners, visit. http://gaprojectwet.org/gawet_row.html.