Library uses snake, dinosaur themes to draw children to reading program

June 12, 1994|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,Sun Staff Writer

Anne Arundel County library officials are warning adults to be on the lookout for Readerosauruses.

These children have one trait: They read for prizes.

By sponsoring events with a dinosaur theme, librarians hope to attract more than 9,500 children to this year's nine-week Summer Reading Program.

"We want to keep kids reading over the summer and make reading fun," said Betty Morganstern, a programming and outreach librarian. "There is a big demand for snakes and dinosaur-related activities because children find these creatures very appealing."

Preschoolers and children entering the first through sixth grades in the fall can register for the program at a local library. By reading a certain number of books a week, students can earn coupons to be used at various businesses.

Everyone who registers for the reading program will receive a pass to the Baltimore Zoo.

Several activities will rotate among branch libraries. Registration not required.

Annapolis

June 21 at 10 a.m.: The Reading Program Kickoff, where students can learn more about the program.

June 28 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.: David Wisnlewski, local author, demonstrates shadow puppets to show how his cut-paper illustrations evolved.

July 5 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.: Cartoonist Jim Sizemore shows how to create cartoon animals using simple shapes.

July 19 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.: Lloyd Tydings from The Nature Company brings some of his snake friends to give youngsters a close look.

Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.: Scientists from the Maryland Science Center will show children how rocks, tracks and bones give information about dinosaurs.

Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.: Michael Chamber will present his magic tricks.

Broadneck

June 30 at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Dinosaurs.

July 6 at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Snakes.

July 14 at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Author H. M. Hoover will talk about how she creates her science fiction characters for children.

July 28 at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Cartooning.

Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.: Magic show.

Brooklyn Park

June 29 at 10 a.m.: Author David Wisnlewski.

July 7 at 7 p.m.: Cartooning.

July 13 at 2 p.m.: Snakes.

July 27 at 10 a.m.: Dinosaurs.!

.` Aug. 3 at 10 a.m.: Magic show.

Crofton

June 23 at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Kickoff program.

June 29 at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Dinosaurs.

July 13 at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.: author H. M. Hoover.

July 27 at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Cartooning.

Aug. 3 at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Snakes.

Aug. 6 at 10 a.m.: Marble-shooting demonstration.

?3 Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.: Magic show.

Eastport-Annapolis Neck

June 20 at 7 p.m.: Kickoff.

June 28 at 2 p.m.: Author David Wisnlewski.

July 5 at 2:30 p.m.: Cartooning.

July 13 at 10 a.m.: Snakes.

July 19 at 2 p.m.: Dinosaurs.

Aug. 2 at 7 p.m.: Magic show.

Aug. 9 at 3 p.m.: Author Priscilla Cummings talks about her book, "Chadwick Forever."

Edgewater

June 23 at 2 p.m.: Kickoff.

July 6 at 11 a.m.: Cartooning.

July 13 at 11 a.m.: Author Priscilla Cummings.

July 27 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.: Snakes.

Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Dinosaurs.

;/ Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.: Magic show.

Linthicum

June 30 at 3 p.m.: Author David Wisnlewski.

July 7 at 3 p.m.: Cartooning.

July 21 at 3 p.m.: Snakes.

July 27 at 3 p.m.: Dinosaurs.

-! Aug. 4 at 3 p.m.: Magic show.

Maryland City

June 23 at 2 p.m.: Kickoff.

June 29 at 3 p.m.: Snakes.

July 14 at 2 p.m.: Dinosaurs.

Aug. 2 at 2 p.m.: Cartooning.

.` Aug. 11 at 2 p.m.: Magic show.

Mountain Road

June 26 at 3 p.m.: Cartooning.

-! Aug. 16 at 2 p.m.: Dinosaurs.

North County

June 22 at 2 p.m.: Kickoff.

June 29 at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Author David Wisnlewski.

July 7 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.: Cartooning.

July 19 at 3 p.m.: Snakes Alive.

July 21 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.: Snakes.

Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Magic show.

1% Aug. 18 at 2 & 3 p.m.: Dinosaurs.

Odenton

June 21 at 2 p.m.: Kickoff.

June 28 at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Snakes.

July 12 at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Author H. M. Hoover.

July 26 at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Dinosaurs.

Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.: Cartooning.

8, Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Magic show.

Provinces

June 22 at 10 a.m.: Kickoff.

June 28 at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Dinosaur.!

July 5 at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Snakes.

July 12 at 2 p.m.: Author Priscilla Cummings.

July 28 at 7 p.m.: Cartooning.

8, Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Magic show.

Rivera Beach

June 29 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.: Snakes.

July 6 at 10 & 11:30 a.m.: Dinosaurs.

July 20 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.: Author H. M. Hoover.

July 26 at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.: Cartooning.

Aug. 13 at 10 a.m.: Turtle race.

;/ Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.: Magic show.

Severna Park

July 7 at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Dinosaurs.

July 14 at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Author Priscilla Cummings.

July 27 at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.: Cartooning.

Aug. 4 at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Snakes.

9- Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Magic show.

South County

July 6 at 2 p.m.: Cartooning.

July 13 at 2 p.m.: Author.

July 27 at 2 p.m.: Snakes.

Aug. 3 at 2 p.m.: Dinosaurs.

Aug. 10 at 2 p.m.: Magic show.

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