Area libraries have summer lineups ready to attract youngsters of all ages

BOOKS FOR KIDS

June 10, 1994|By Molly Dunham Glassman | Molly Dunham Glassman,Sun Staff Writer

If you're a child who isn't booked into back-to-back-to-back camps, maybe you'll have some free time on your hands this summer. Public libraries in the area have plenty of programs worth checking out.

* Baltimore City: The Enoch Pratt Free Library and all its branches have begun registration for the 1994 Summer Reading Club. For ages 12 and under, the theme is a treasure hunt. For ages 12 to 18, it's "Chillin' and Reading at the Pratt Library." It's a way to be introduced to great books and win prizes. For more information, call (410) 396-5356 on weekdays or stop by any Pratt library.

* Baltimore County: Sneaks the Cat returns for his ninth Summer Reading Club adventure. This year Sneaks and his sidekick, Huffin' Puffin, will lead kids through age 13 on a dogsled race across Alaska.

In addition to prizes, the program offers activities that will rotate among county branches: "Hooked on Books," a show by master mime Tom Dougherty of Young Audiences of Maryland; a portable planetarium show of "Alaskan Sky Secrets" presented by the Maryland Science Center; and a read-aloud story time with Kenny Curtis, host of the "All American Alarm Clock" children's radio show on WKDB (1570 AM).

The reading club begins June 20, and kids can register anytime. For information about signing up for other activities, call or visit a local branch.

* Anne Arundel County: The theme for this year's summer reading program is "Be a Readerosaurus." It's open to kids entering grades 1 through 6 in the fall, and they can register between June 20 and Aug. 20. Readers receive prizes based on how many books they zip through.

XTC There are several summer reading events that don't require registration, although space is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Check your local branch or call (410) 222-7371 for schedules of the following:

Author/illustrator David Wisniewski ("Rain Player," "Sundiata," "Elfwyn's Saga") will demonstrate shadow puppets to show how his intricate cut-paper technique evolved. Priscilla Cummings, creator of the books starring Chadwick the crab, will discuss her latest, "Chadwick Forever"; and H. M. Hoover, author of fantasy and science fiction books ("Away Is a Strange Place To Be," "Only Child" and "The Dawn Palace") will talk about her works.

In addition, different branches will play host to a traveling dinosaur show by the Maryland Science Center, a how-to program on cartooning, a show with live snakes and performances by Michael the Magician.

* Carroll County: "Read Your Way Across the USA" is the theme of the summer reading club that will run from June 20 through Aug. 13. Kids 14 and under can join Corky the penguin in filling out a travel log that will mark each day of reading. For each 10 days of reading, participants receive a prize.

Drawings for additional prizes will be held. Participants and their families are invited to an end-of-summer celebration at the Carroll County Farm Museum, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 20.

Throughout the summer, the county's branches also will hold story times for ages 3 to 8. For information and schedules, call a branch library.

* Harford County: Registration begins June 20 for the summer program "Leap Across Time, Travel with Books," which is open to children who can read. Each branch has its own surprises planned, with readers going back in time to the age of dinosaurs and zooming ahead to the era of space travel.

In addition, the "Read to Me" program is open to children ages 3 to 5. For more information, call or visit one of the county branches.

* Howard County: Children who can read independently can sign up for "Go Undercover With a Book," in which each completed book becomes a case solved in this mystery game. Nonreaders can earn a certificate and a prize as well, listening to stories as part of "Lost and Found on the Farm." Registration for both summer programs began June 1, and they will run through Aug. 27.

Throughout the summer, county branches will offer activities for all ages. Those for elementary school kids include "Scales and Tall Tales," "To Catch a Crook," "Mysteries of the Deep" and "Riddle Me This."

Howard County residents are given priority when registering, and because of demand for children's programs, group registration is not permitted. Check with a local branch for schedules and registration information.

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