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Registration for summer reading programs nears

Published 7:09pm Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Registration begins May 17 for Alexander City’s summer reading programs through Mamie’s Place Children’s and Adelia M. Russell Public libraries.

“We want to keep kids reading through the summer, keeping their minds sharp,” said Mamie’s Place director Autumn Yates. “This year’s theme is Fizz, Boom, Read! for children, Spark a Reaction for teenagers and Literary Elements for adults.”

Mamie’s Place will host Parent Night on the May 19; the library will be open until 7 p.m. that evening, and Yates said there would be free food, door prizes, stories, crafts and other activities for children ages 0-17. Adults also can register for Literary Elements then.

On June 2, Lake Martin Area United Way will sponsor the program kickoff as their Day of Action at the Charles E. Bailey, Jr., Sportplex, Yates said, and the last day to log books read will be Aug. 2.

“In years past, the kids read as many books as they could, and prizes were given for the top one or two places, but we’re trying to get away from that,” Yates said. “We are having kids set their own goals this year, and they will win prizes if they meet their goals.”

The program, Yates noted, is free, but children should be accompanied by a responsible party, such as a parent, grandparent or older sibling, during program activities.

In addition to science demonstrations on Mondays, the program also will feature afternoon movies on Tuesdays, pre-school story time every Wednesday, entertainment on Thursdays and age-appropriate hands on experiments on Fridays.

Spark a Reaction activities for teens will be held at the Adelia M. Russell Public Library adjacent to Mamie’s Place on Church Street, said library director Amy Huff.

“There will be seven days of teen activities throughout the summer, with one planned for each week,” Huff said.

Literary Elements will offer adult programs in genealogy, history and couponing.

In conjunction with the Literary Elements program, Huff said, video producer Jim Phillips will bring a portable museum to the library. Some programs are limited in the number of people who can be accommodated, so pre-registration may be required, though the programs are free, Huff said.

Though the library is funded by the city, Yates noted, additional community support is important to the success of the summer reading programs.

“We need local businesses to donate prizes, and we need high school students and adults to volunteer with the activities,” she said.

Anyone willing to volunteer or donate to the effort can visit Yates at Mamie’s Place or call her at 256-234-4644. For details about the summer reading programs for all ages, visit the website at