JAY — The theme for the Jay-Niles Memorial Library Summer Reading Program for children will be “Read S’more Books.”

Maine children’s book author Lynn Plourde will present the kick-off program. Plourde’s library visits typically include sharing two of her stories interactively and then turning one into a simple play with props where children act out the parts. This program will be held Monday, June 18, at 6p.m. in Memorial Hall upstairs at the library.

The program is scheduled to run from June 18 to July 31. There will be five story and craft evenings and the end-of-the-program night. The program will feature several themed nights: camping, Patriotic/Fourth of July, safety and skills, animals and picnics, and a camp sing-a-long with Martin Swinger.

Sign-up night is June 18 but will continue until July 11 for those unable to make it to initial sign-up. The program on June 18 will start promptly at 6 p.m. so come early to sign up.

The library is trying to reach a goal of 1,000 reading hours this summer.

Each program will start at 6p.m. and may run up to two hours. Come to the library for a full schedule.

Tween/teen program

The Summer Reading Program for middle and high school students is “Get Graphic at Jay-Niles Memorial Library This Summer!” It will focus on celebrating graphic novels, comics, manga, anime and animation as well as other fun activities such as making jewelry, soap and origami.

The kick-off and initial sign-up will take place on June 19 at 6p.m. On hand will be Ben Bishop, the artist behind “Lost Trail,” the true story of Donn Fendler’s classic adventure, “Lost on a Mountain in Maine.” Bishop will share his story, the process of going from self-publishing to being published and his experience working with Fendler and Lynn Plourde on this adaptation/collaboration. Bishop will also do some “live” drawing.

In addition to all these programs throughout the summer, there will be a closing program/workshop with graphic novelist/comic book artist, Jay Piscopo.

For more information call 645-4062 or email the library director at [email protected]

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