The Keller Public Library is welcoming citizens of all ages to this summer’s reading programs and activities as part of “Fizz Boom Read,” which started this week.Fizz Boom Read is the library’s summer reading program which is open to children, teens and adults.Anyone regardless of age can register for the reading program which ends July 25. Every hour spent reading until that day goes toward a row in the reading log, which can be turned in for a grand prize drawing entry and prize bags for kids and teens. Everyone who participates gets a certificate at the end of the program.Library director Jana Prock said the reading program will help participants stay on track with reading while away from school.“Reading just five books over the summer can prevent summer reading loss for students,” she said. “You can ask the over 2,900 people who participated in the programs last year. It’s important [the children] be able to choose their own books and read for fun.”The library will also host special performer programs every Wednesday throughout the program, from magic and science shows to wildlife presentations. The hour-long programs are free, but some require a ticket due to limited space, library director Jana Prock said.Children’s storytimes will continue up to age six and family movie nights every Tuesday night. The annual Tales at Twilight will return for its 20th anniversary at the Johnson Road Park Amphitheater behind the library June 20.Teens can also join in on the fun with special events like handwriting analysis, an exotic animal petting zoo and a Japanese Kabuki Theater class.Adults will have the chance to attend a meet the author event with history author of Sulphur River Art Anthony July 11. Adults can bring their teens along for a PG-13 and under movie night every other Saturday in June and JulyKeller mayor Mark Mathews said the program is an amazing way to keep kids involved.“It’s going to be lots of fun,” he said. “[The library] does a good job making things to do for the kids during the summer time.”A list of all program dates and times, as well as registration information, is available on the library’s website.
Taylor Prater, 817-390-7964 Twitter: @taylornprater