Area Children Invited to Participate in Summer Reading Program



The Santa Rosa County Library System opens online registration for the 2013 summer reading program on Saturday, June 1 at www.santarosa.fl.gov/libraries The summer reading program’s kickoff and Viva Florida 500 Celebration, “Dig into Agriculture,” will be held at the Jay Library on Friday, June 7 at 1 p.m. Meet TUFFY, the Real American Quarter Horse, sit in a tractor, crawl through a soil tunnel, and plant your very own seed. Come enjoy hot dogs and peanuts.



Dig up some fun at our programs from June 10 – July 19. Story time for 3-5 year olds (who are able to attend without a caregiver) will be held at 11 a.m. on Mondays at the Jay Library, 11 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Navarre Library, 11:15 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Milton Library, 11:15 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Gulf Breeze Library, and 11 a.m. on Fridays at the Pace Library.



Summer reading programs for those in grades kindergarten through fifth grades during last school year will be held on Mondays at 2 p.m. at the Jay Library, Tuesdays at 1 p.m. at the Navarre Library, Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Pace Library, Wednesdays at 1 p.m. at the Milton Library, and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Gulf Breeze Library. Program details can be found at the online Children's Events Calendar.  All activities are free and open to the public.



Featured programs include “Digging into Treasured Tales” by storyteller Pat Nease, “Burrowing Animals” by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission—Northwest Region, “Digging up the Past” by the Florida Public Archaeology Network, “Pirate Tales” by puppeteer Katie Adams, “The Library Dragon” illustrator Michael White, and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” by the Jacksonville University Storybook Theater.



Special thank you to these organizations who are donating time and talents to our summer program: Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission—Northwest Region, Florida Public Archaeology Network, Blackwater Soil and Water Conservation District, TUFFY the Real American Quarter Horse, Escarosa Young Farmers and Ranchers, US Department of Agriculture, and Smith Tractor Company.



Friends of the Milton Library, Friends of the Navarre Library, Friends of the Gulf Breeze Library, and Friends of the Pace Library sponsor presenters in the weekly library programs. Prizes and awards are sponsored by the following: Ridge Cinema 8, Oops Alley, Baskin Robbins – Gulf Breeze Parkway, IMAX Theater - Naval Aviation Museum, Whataburger, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Sherwin-Williams, and Texas Roadhouse. If your business is interested in providing prizes for this program, please contact Margaret Chatraw, Youth Services Coordinator at 981-4066.