MASON COUNTY — Activities will abound this summer at the Mason County libraries, including both a summer reading and free lunch program.
“On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” will be the theme of the summer reading program at the Point Pleasant, Mason and New Haven library locations.
Registration will begin June 6, according to April Lloyd, librarian in charge of the summer program. She said a “game day” will be held each week for the sports-themed event. In addition, there will be a different activity each day.
High school athletes, dressed in their sports uniforms, will be guest readers once a week. The athletes will receive school community service hours for reading.
A party will be held at the end of the reading program, where a number of prizes will be given. Pam Thompson, county library director, said each library will be giving away four tickets to King’s Island, as well as Walmart gift cards. Prize donations are still being accepted at each location. A drawing will also be held for adults who bring the children in for the program.
Summer reading will be held at the Point Pleasant library, Monday through Friday; the Mason library, Wednesday through Friday; and the New Haven library, Monday through Thursday.
The free lunch program, offered by the libraries for the second year, will also begin June 6. It will be held at the Point Pleasant, Mason and New Haven locations each weekday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., regardless of if the library is open that day.
“We have new, exciting meals coming this year,” said Thompson.
Children and teens, up to 18 years of age, can stop in for lunch regardless of their parents’ income, Thompson said. Meals are available for adults at a cost of $4.
Each meal is accompanied by a juice box, as well as a variety of apple sauce, trail mix, raisins, sunflower kernels, and other selections. Entrée items will be a choice of peanut butter and jelly sandwich, sun butter and pretzels, cheddar cheese wedges and crackers, meat stick and cheese stick, or cheese stick and salsa cup.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.