Athens:

Our summer reading program is officially open. Simply go to our website, www.spaldinglibrary.org, click on reading programs in the upper right-hand corner and register your child. Log amount of books read for our read-aloud program (ages 0-6) or minutes read for our kids (ages 5-12) and teens program (13-18 years old). Participants can create an avatar, earn badges, free books and unlock games. Attending our FREE summer reading programs all summer long also earns you points!

Here are the programs and announcements we have coming up this week at the Spalding Memorial Library:

• Tuesday, July 9:

At 1 p.m.: The Sciencetellers will bring their unique blend of storytelling and science experiments to the library for an interactive program called “Aliens: Escape from Earth!” All ages are invited to join the fun at this FREE program!

From 6:30-8 p.m.: The Threads Group will meet to share their hand craft projects. This group is always open to new members of any age who are wishing to share their work or learn a new skill.

• Wednesday, July 10:

From 1-3 p.m.: Kids’ crafts is a FREE drop-in program for children of all ages. We provide all the crafts. This week’s theme is Bugs.

From 5-7 p.m.: Social Gaming Club will meet to play board/card games and to play on the Alienware gaming computers. If you’re a fan of the game “Ticket to Ride,” we now have it in our game collection. So, bring some friends and enjoy a couple hours of fun.

• Thursday, July 11:

At 10:30 a.m.: Play date for children of all ages with some residents at the Sayre Health Care Center. Come enjoy a traveling collection of toys from the Spalding Memorial Library and bring a smile to some residents as we share some time learning through play.

• Friday, July 12:

At 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.: Story time and toddler time will be all about Monkeys!

Save the date for Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 5-8 p.m. Wine and Dine Plus a Brew or Two is the event of the summer to sample local eateries, wineries, and breweries. It is an excellent opportunity to go home with something special from Chinese and silent auctions, all the while contributing to the mission of the Spalding Memorial Library and Tioga Point Museum. Tickets are on sale now for $20 at the library and museum or from any board member. At the door, tickets will be $30.

Did you know we have a newsbank database? That means you have FREE online access to The Daily and Sunday Review online with your Spalding Memorial Library card. To access this service, you visit our website, www.spaldinglibrary.org, click on the online resources tab, then click on The Daily and Sunday Review icon. This will direct you to a screen asking for your library card number. Let us know if you have any questions about this service by calling or stopping in.

Our hours are Monday through Thursday from 12-8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Summer Saturday hours (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) will start the first weekend of July. Like us on Facebook to follow our events, peruse our catalog and use our online databases at www.spaldinglibrary.org and please call us with any questions at (570) 888-7117. We hope to see you soon for your reading, research and entertainment needs.

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