Victoria Library begins summer reading program

May 31, 2011 at 12:31 a.m.

Registration for the Victoria Public Library Summer Reading Program begins Wednesday.

Wednesday's registration will be held during library business hours, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and continue throughout the summer during regular library hours.

"We encourage everyone to sign up early, but they can join at any time during the summer," said Michelle Wendel, communications manager.

The Summer Reading Program encourages reading for fun with free activities and programs for children and teens.

A program kick-off will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday and will include a transportation petting zoo, face painting, games and a clown.

Dig Up a Good Book is the theme for toddlers through fifth grade. Children will receive reading logs to keep track of their reading time, and will receive a library buck for every hour of reading to redeem for prizes.

Programs include crafts, storytelling, puppet shows, movies, music and games. Special performers include Storyteller Sheila Phillips, Mr. Puppet, Victoria Bach Festival and Storybook Theatre.

Going Global, Staying Connected is the theme for Texas Teens Read for grades sixth through 12. Teens will receive a library buck for every hour of reading to redeem for prizes.

Programs will feature mail crafts, Indian and Japanese crafts, Anime, Minute to Win It challenge, Harry Potter Day, movies and gaming. It concludes with a gaming party and ice cream sundae bar.

The Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Victoria Public Library, Friends of the Library and Chick-fil-A. Prize sponsors include Friends of the Library, city of Victoria Parks & Recreation, Chick-fil-A, Casa Ole, Dairy Queen and Whataburger.

For more information on the Summer Reading Program and other library activities call 361-485-3302 or go to



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