WELD — The Weld Free Public Library has announced the summer reading program for children, “Make a Splash Read!” will run from July 1 to 31.

The program will include story hours and crafts from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, July 13, 20 and 27. Retired teacher Judy Lofstrom will read stories and everyone will do a corresponding craft. For every book read, children will receive a sticker and a prize. For reading six books, children will receive a sticker, prize voucher for a Sea Dogs ticket, a book and $2 in Library Bucks.

Adults are invited to “Water Your Mind” by putting their name in “the jar” for each book they read. The program will run the month of July and a drawing will be held for prizes on Tuesday, Aug. 3, at the library.

Also at the library is the “We the People Bookshelf,” an array of books and DVDs, ranging from children to adult. The collection was provided through a grant from the American Library Association and honors the building of America.

The library has also been chosen by the Maine State Library to receive a makeover. It will take place on Friday, July 16, with help from members of the Maine State Library, Tucker Library Interiors and Weld Library volunteers.

Judy Rogers, library director, also applied for and won a matching grant from the Libra Foundation. It entitles the library to purchase $1,400 worth of children books, including $350 awarded for just mathematics and science books.

The fourth grant Rogers has applied for and won over the last six weeks, is to have the library automated. Stephanie Zurinski, central Maine district consultant, initially applied for and received a grant to Automate ME, up to 20 small libraries in the state. Weld was one of the chosen libraries.

Other activities planned during the summer include a walking bird tour of Weld, a sunset pontoon boat ride around Webb Lake and, at the end of September, a Literary Ball at the Kawanhee Inn.

For information on any of the events, contact Rogers at 585-2439, from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday or Thursday.

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