Along with visits to the pool and a welcome break from the classroom, many kids and teens look forward to having more time to read. This anticipation, along with encouragement from parents, makes our Summer Reading  program an annual success. Every year we adopt a reading theme and sign up thousands of children and teens.
This year’s Summer Reading themes are all about water and the programs you’ll see in our calendar reflect that in a wide variety of ways. Bring your family to see magic tricks and science experiments using water; hear stories and songs about rivers, lakes and seas; do art projects about boats and fish; or meet some reptiles that like water.
Our newest addition to library Summer Reading isn’t for kids at all. We’re introducing our first Summer Reading program for grown-ups. If you have a stack of novels on your bedside table or a pile of history books next to the couch, you might be ready to take the plunge.
Adult Summer Reading is designed to give you a satisfying opportunity to interact with other readers, attend an event or two and win prizes in weekly drawings. We’ve planned programs on gardening and rain barrels; water-related documentaries for Center Aisle Cinema ; and author visits including the author of “The Mississippi: A Visual Biography .” While you’re at the library picking up your next great read, take a moment to register for the Water Your Mind adult Summer Reading program.
We’re also pleased to offer Books by Snail  again this summer. With this service, elementary students in county school districts, who may not have easy access to a library over the summer, can check out books and get Summer Reading materials by mail, for free. This is the third year for Books by Snail, which will be available for all children who go to school in Auxvasse, Hallsville, Harrisburg, Holts Summit, Mokane, New Bloomfield, Sturgeon and Williamsburg. This program is funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services; the grant will also fund staffing for summer open hours at elementary school libraries in Hallsville and Sturgeon.
Our full calendar  of summer events will be published in May.