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Newton County libraries holding summer reading program

COVINGTON — Students have the chance to keep their minds fresh over the summer with the Newton County Library System’s Summer Reading Program, and have some fun at the same time.

Dubbed “Fizz, Boom, Read,” all three libraries in the county will take part in the program, each receiving visits from various visitors on Wednesdays who will entertain as well as inform students.

On June 4, Queen Glitter will enchant students of all ages with storytelling, while on June 18, Dr. Arvin Scott will pay a visit to educate students on percussion instruments, putting the “Boom” in Fizz, Boom, Read.” According to www.drummingforsuccess.com, Scott is an award-winning percussion artist, youth program coordinator and educator with more than 30 years of experience.

There are also some visitors scheduled for July, with magician Keith Karnock coming on July 9 to entertain students with illusions and magic tricks. Puppeteer Peter Hart will perform a show on July 23, bringing the allure of puppets to the Newton libraries.

“Fizz, Boom, Read, Storytime” will allow students to enjoy crafts, stories and other activities on June 11 and 25, as well as July 16 and 30.

All visitor events and story times will happen on the above-listed dates, each happening at the Covington branch at 10:30 a.m., the Newborn library at 1 p.m. and the Porter Memorial branch at 4 p.m.

Additionally, the Covington and Porter Memorial branches will host the Kid’s Movie event on June 10 and July 8, each happening at 4 p.m. Another movie event, Based on the Book Movie Series, will take place at the Covington library on June 24 at 4 p.m. and July 22 at 4:30 p.m.

Although an array of non-reading activities is scheduled while school is out, the library is also hoping to get students involved with a few books over the summer.

“Children/parents will need to register for our reading incentive program where they can earn a prize for reading eight books, but no registration is required for our story times, shows and movies,” said Courtney Lumpkin, assistant director for the Newton County Library System.

To sign up for the program, students can visit any library branch between now and July 31 to register and pick up a summer reading log, in which students will record the books they are reading.