‘Universe of Stories’ at Newport Library

Weekly programs in Literacy Park, located next to the Newport Public Library, will be held this summer as part of the library’s summer reading photo. This year’s theme is “Universe of Stories.” (Courtesy photo)

Summer in Newport means foggy sunshine, time spent outdoors and time for reading. Newport Public Library offers summer reading programs for all ages — from babies, to kids and teens, to adults — so everyone can get involved.

This summer’s theme is “Universe of Stories,” and signups started on June 1. Programs begin the week of June 17 and are designed to encourage children and teens to make reading a fun priority this summer.

"Reading is our gateway to other worlds, other people’s life experiences, fact and fiction. For children especially, reading can engage the imagination," said Linda Annable, the library’s children’s services supervisor.

Research indicates that students who do not read over the summer can lose up to one month of learning, resulting in a learning setback when school begins in the fall. That's why stocking up on reading materials over the summer is important. In addition to a variety of materials for children to read and listen to, Newport Public Library offers fun and educational events weekly, including storytimes and programs in Literacy Park.

The library's summer program for children ages birth to 5 years includes twice weekly ToddlerTime and Preschool Storytimes and Wednesday performances at 1 p.m.

“A Universe of Stories” is for children 0 to 5 years of age. They get a chance to count the hours they are read to. After completing a reading chart, these youngest participants will receive a book bag, magnetic picture frame and a painting page.

"A Universe of Stories” is also for children ages 5 to 12 years. Children set their own goal for how many books they’ll read or listen to this summer. When the goal is reached, the reader receives a free T-shirt, sponsored by the Newport Public Library Foundation.

And "A Universe of Stories” is for teens ages 12 to 18 (or those just finishing 6th through 12th grades). Teens track their reading to earn raffle tickets for weekly prize drawings. Teen Third Thursday programs will continue throughout the summer with interesting things to do, make and learn. This program will end in August with a grand prize drawing.

But summer reading isn’t just for kids. This summer, the library will be holding a reading rewards program for grownups — ages 19 and older. They can stop by the library to sign up and get a reading log. For every book (or eBook or audiobook) that is read, they can fill out a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of the weekly prize drawings for literary gift baskets.

For more information about summer reading, contact the Newport Public Library at 541-265-2153 or go online at www.newportlibrary.org.

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