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Library summer reading program registration begins May 27

PRESCOTT VALLEY - The last day of school marks the beginning of the Summer Reading Program at the Prescott Valley Public Library. Registration begins May 27 for young readers ages 3-11.

Kids can sign up at the library or online at They keep track of the books they've read, and can bring their book log showing their progress on visits to the library to receive stickers and a prize.

This year's theme is Make a Splash - Read! The program ends Saturday, July 24, with the final day for prize pickup on July 31.

The 2009 summer program ran only four weeks because of the move to the new library. Exactly 100 children participated, reading a total of 2,802 books. The time frame doubles this year for readers.

Younger children can participate by having someone read to them. Books should be appropriate for the child's reading/listening level, and there is a three-book minimum.

Eight activities take place on Tuesday mornings as part of the program.

June 8, 10 or 11 a.m., Water Music by the Double Play Flute and Tuba duo of Patrick Scianella and Amy Ridings.

June 15, 9:30 or 11:30 a.m., Mark Carter's WOW! Science Program with volcanoes, rockets, fountains, stunt balloons and other wonders.

June 22, 10 or 11 a.m., Beyond Words creative puppet show by Birdhouse Puppet Theatre creators Dori ad Keith Mion.

June 29, 10 or 11 a.m. Magical Michael Steele's Yo-Yo Show with basic yo-yo techniques and demonstration of 60 tricks.

July 6 (library closed).

July 13, 10 or 11 a.m., Matthew Henry Hall sings songs, talks about writing, and presents his book Phoebe and Chub.

July 20, 10 or 11 a.m., Sticks and Tones with local duo Maria and Henry Flurry bringing an interactive, creative session of music making and fun.

July 27, from 10-11 a.m., students from Embry-Riddle appear for Japanese stories, games and origami.

Children can drop in at any time to read with Beau, a Dog Buddy, between 3-4 p.m. on Wednesdays, June 9 and 23, July 14, 28, Aug. 18 and Sept. 1.

All programs are in the Children's Program Room on the second floor. Tickets available before each performance on a first-come, first-served basis.

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