AUBURN – The Auburn Public Library announces its 52nd summer reading program for listeners and readers of all ages. This year’s theme is “Discover New Trails @ Your Library.” Children may visit the library before June 12 to sign up and check out books.

To prepare for an extensive renovation and expansion, the library will be closed for a month, then resume operation at the Auburn Mall during construction. The library will re-open July 12 at its temporary Auburn Mall location where program flyers and reading logs will be available.

The library will offer small incentives as children progress to their self-set goals. Prizes include pizza coupons, passes to Old Fort Western in Augusta, tickets to a Sea Dogs game, a theme button kids can color, hackey sacks, carabiners and other items.

At the end of the summer, kids who kept logs for the program and read or listened to at least one book will choose a gift book to keep.

Among the events planned are weekly summer story times to be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, July 13, 20 and 27 at 9:30. On July 27 the group will be joined by a special guest, “Old King Cole.”

On July 14 at 9:30 a.m. Professor of Biology Bob Thomas will discuss fascinating plants that grow in backyards. He’ll bring a microscope to take a closer look at some local plants.

A Camp Sing-Along with Bob McLeod is also planned. Kids will be able to sing favorite camp songs, hear some not-so-scary stories and make S’mores at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 21.

The library will also sponsor a family ecology walk. Cameron Parker, naturalist and environmental educator at the Auburn Land Lab, will lead a stroller-friendly nature walk starting at the Land Lab at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 28.

Auburn’s summer reading programs have for many years been sponsored by gifts from the community and from the Friends of the Auburn Public Library. For more information on summer programs, call the children’s room at 782-3191, ext. 3.

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