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June 2, 2014

Summer to open up big at library — The official theme is “Fizz, Boom, Read” for an annual summer reading program about to open up in a big way at Pauls Valley’s public library.

What it’s really about is science, which librarian Susan Skipper says provides the program with all kinds of opportunity for discovery and fun starting this week.

“We’ll be doing science this year,” Skipper said. “There will be experiments with touchable bubbles, other fun stuff.

“The kids will be learning about rocks, crystals and minerals. Germs will be one week, we’ll talk about air and space, like solar systems, space shuttles, that type of thing. This is going to be wide open.

“I’m excited about it. We’ll be trying different experiments, and I look forward to seeing the different reactions from the kids.”

One thing to remember — there is no cost and no sign up for the kids taking part, although an adult is asked to accompany the younger children if possible.

The program’s schedule throughout the month are kids 9 years old and up on Monday - June 2, 9, 16 and 23.

Ages 6-8 are on Tuesday - June 3, 10, 17 and 24.

Last but far from least are ages 3-5 on Wednesday - June 4, 11, 18 and 25.

A big change this year is the programs for all three age groups will be offered in the morning, specifically at 10 a.m., rather than some in the afternoon.

According to Skipper, the first week is really just a welcome for all the kids.

Week number two will focus on rocks, crystals and minerals.

The next week will take a look a germs, while the fourth and final week of this summer’s program is on air and space.

Wrapping it all will be parties for each age group.

There will again be two special programs for all ages.

The first is magician Steve Crawford, who is set to perform at 2 p.m. June 13.

Then there’s what’s called “Ooh, Ahh, Mad Science.”

Set for a 2 p.m. start on June 27, this will feature a number of fun and entertaining science experiments.

“Kids will get to see chemical reactions like clear water being burned into a color,” Skipper said.

“They will create a chemical boom but don’t worry this all is safe.”

She also says don’t worry about missing a week. Just show up for the next one.

“Each week is self contained, so if you miss one that’s OK,” she said. “The next week we’ll be doing something new.”

Skipper added the total attendance was 333 children last year with 260 kids and adults coming for the two special programs.

Anyone planning to bring a large group of kids is asked to call the library in advance at 405-238-5188.

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