HAGAMAN MEMORIAL LIBRARY LAUNCHES SUMMER READING INITIATIVE, “OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES,” WITH A PREVIEW EVENT ON JUNE 4, 2022

Hagaman Memorial Library is launching its annual Summer Reading program with the theme, “Oceans of Possibilities,” on Saturday, June 4 with an outdoor program on the library lawn. This year’s marine-themed program will inspire all ages to dive into reading as a fun way to enrich their summer.

Marine biologists from Cedar Island Marina will bring marine organisms from the Connecticut shoreline. The presentation begins with an interactive introduction to Long Island Sound and its occupants, the vertebrate and invertebrate species found here. Afterwards, we invite attendees to get up close and personal with animals they can hold, touch, and observe.

Participants will be able to learn more about and sign up for the kids’ summer reading program which runs from June 20-August 5, and will feature puppet shows, concerts, a magic show, Talewise’s STEM production about Pirates Lost at Sea, costumed character storytimes, a Kindness Rocks painting workshop, opportunities to read to a beautiful dog named Samantha, and much more.

Children from babies through Grade 5 will receive a reading log when they sign up and can pick up weekly prizes and raffle tickets at the library as a reward for meeting their personal reading goals. At the end of the summer, names will be drawn for several larger prizes.

“Our Summer Reading program offers fun prize incentives to encourage people of all ages to read throughout the summer,” notes Sascha Gardiner, Children’s Librarian. “Our goal is for children and teens to keep reading during the break as a proven way to stop the ‘summer slide’ when academic gains made during the school year are lost during the summer. Our library team is here to provide reading recommendations for students at all reading levels, from preschool through high school, as well as an air-conditioned haven to hang out and enjoy events with friends new and old.”

All events are free and open to all. For more information, call Sascha at 203-468-3890 or stop in.