PHOENIXVILLE - Young people are encouraged to read this summer as part of the 2004 Summer Reading Program, Discover New Trails @ Your Library.
Preschoolers through high school seniors will enjoy free programs tailored to their age and grade level.
With a Western theme, a variety of trails will be examined at Phoenixville Public Library, including trails located beneath the sea, over land or through the air.
"We'll be passing on new information to children," said Paul Giovanetti, youth services librarian. "It's not like school. We will show different trails on the earth."
The library will offer four weeks of clubs for 2nd through 6th graders which will consist of stories, games, crafts, snacks and plenty of FUN.
"Our goal is to get kids to read," said Giovanetti.
"Trailblazers will meet on Mondays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for 2nd and 3rd graders with "Pioneers" which is a club of grades 4 through 6 held on Mondays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Both clubs will get underway on June 28.
Approximately 40 participants will be led by three adults.
Children will be able to earn incentives for reading at home.
"The Kiwanis presented the library with a huge check this year which will make for one of the best programs in the county and we couldn't have done it without them," said Giovanetti.
In exchange for time spent reading, children will be able to purchase items at the Trading Post with "Book Bucks."
Items available include, change purses, airplane gliders, kaleidoscopes, dream catchers and toy miniature horses.
"Drop In Stroytimes" for children 18 months through those entering 1st grade while "Cowpokes" storytime for children aged from three to four will be held on Tuesdays from 9:45 - 10:15 a.m. The "Voyagers" storytime for children entering kindergarten and grade 1 will be held Tuesdays from 11 to 11:30 a.m..
The "Trail Trampers-Toddler Time," a storytime for children aged 18 months through 36 months , will be held on Wednesdays from 10 to 10:30 a.m. All preschooler programs begin the week of June 30 and no registration is required for the drop-in storytimes.
New this year at the Phoenixville Library will be evening programs for 7th through 12th graders. Kids will read a book and then see the movie which was based on it.
"How close did a screenwriter come to matching the work of the author?" will be asked of the participants, said Giovanetti.
Other programs for teens include a classroom- library Jeopardy and Fear Factor for the more daring. Kids will do "gross things for the fun of it- with nothing harmful," said Giovanetti. Parental permission slips for Fear Factor are required.
Older participants will be rewarded with key chains, CD holders and a clip-on FM radio if they read on their own for as little as 18 hours.
"Since they are reading anyway for the Phoenixville School District we figured we might as well let them earn something," said Giovanetti.
Thrilling Thursdays includes a Chuckwagon Barbecue, a Family Art Extravaganza, magician and comedian Eric Paul, the Segal Puppet Theatre, Erin Flynn and Andrew Roblin.
In addition to the Kiwanis, Giovanetti was thankful for the contribution of sponsors, Boston Market, Dairy Queen, Burger King, TD Alfredo's, Wendy's Petrucci's, Rita's Water Ice, Domino's Pizza and Chuck E. Cheeses.
Everything is free and registration starts on June 21 when the library opens at 9:30 a.m. Every activity is "First come-first served" and Giovanetti suggests registering early because programs fill quickly. Call the Phoenixville Area Library at 610-933-3013 ext. 24 for information. The first 500 participants receive T-shirts.