NEWBURGH - Things are about to go "Fizz, Boom, Read!" "at the Newburgh Free Library’s annual Summer Reading Program for children and preschoolers. SMArt activities related to science, math and art will be offered at free, weekly one-hour programs and special events for youngsters in grades K - 6. Events for young children from birth to 5 will help promote early literacy through stories, rhymes and crafts. Teens will enjoy their own Summer Reading Program called "Spark A Reaction!" while adults have a summer reading program, "Literary Elements". Registration for all programs begins on Mon., June 16 and is ongoing as program space allows. Parents are asked to register their children in person at the Youth Services Department, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Teens and adults can register online newburghlibrary.org or by phone 845-563-3644 or by just stopping by. Programs run July 7 - August 8.
"Fizz, Boom, Read" offers a wide variety of activities to get children excited about reading and learning. Special events include ScienceQuest that involves a special scavenger hunt, Pop Art for Kids, and a Family Science Night. A performance by Paul Miller of the Flow Circus wraps up the program on Thurs., Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Reading activities include book clubs and story hours, plus craft activities to create a simple robot, string phone and a marshmallow project. Events are held at the Main Library, 124 Grant St. and at the Town Branch in the Newburgh Mall.
Also featured are Friday Fun Films at 2 p.m. in the upstairs Library/BOE auditorium. Children who meet the program requirements will receive a free t-shirt. For more information, call the Library’s Youth Services Department, 563-3616 or 563-3623.
At the Teen Summer Reading Program, teens entering grades 7 - 12 will spark a reaction with special programs like a Chocolate Challenge, Ice Cream Social and Hubcap Art.
Teens can also volunteer as a Book Buddy or Program Assistant. Those who meet the program requirements can enter to win prizes. For more information, call 563-3644. All prizes are donated by the Friends of the Newburgh Free Library.
"Our goal is to encourage kids of all ages to read over the summer so that they are ready for school in the fall," said Lisa Kochik, children’s librarian.
She added that the Newburgh Free Library is the perfect spot for summer fun because it’s one place that’s cool, exciting and kid-friendly. Another plus for summer reading programs is that they are offered free of charge, making them "one of the best bargains around," added Ms. Kochik.