West Liberty Library kicked off their summer reading program Wednesday, June 28. The summer reading program theme is Build A Better World. “Some of the programs will center around construction, conservation, community, and we took it and branched out in several ways,” said Debra Lowman.

Their kick-off featured Wild Times Exotics. Visitors had a chance to see many exotic animals, such as a red coatimundi, a sulcata tortoise, a kinkajou, and many others. Lacey from Wild Times Exotics taught visitors about each animal, and some volunteers got to interact up close with the animals. All visitors had a chance to touch the animals if they wanted to.

“We want people to know this [program] is free and open to everyone. Parents are asked to accompany their children on field trips, but families are encouraged to attend other programs as well,” said Lowman. Field trips will include activities such as a community bike ride after learning about bike safety and a trip to Deep Lakes Park for the reading program finale at the end of the summer.

Discussing books and reading will wrap up each session. “Dorianne Rees does Children’s Services and is fantastic. At the end of each session, she will talk about what she has read, what we have new at the library. If they want to extend the theme of the day, she can tell them what to read next, and she’s also got some pop-up activities that they can do here in the library or take home,” said Lowman.

While many of the programs are geared more toward children, the summer reading program is for all ages, especially the independent reading portion. Lowman said, “They can come check out books and when they bring them back, they get a slip of paper to fill out about the book. For every book they read, they are entered into the prize drawing. Prizes are given to three age groups—young child, school child, and adult—once a week, and then those entries will also be accumulated for end-of-the-summer prize drawings for larger prizes.”

More information, registration, and a schedule for the summer reading program can be found at West Liberty Library’s website, wlpl.org.