The always packed Summer Reading Program at the Beaufort County Library System officially wrapped up last week. Adults, teens and children were invited to read, read, read. Our program was chock-full of reading logs, book summary submissions and, of course, the ever-popular prizes and grand prizes for participants. Thanks to our Friends of the Library groups, our Public Library Foundation and the more than 30 prize sponsors this year, this was a Summer Reading Program to remember.
Although the formal Summer Reading Program has come to close, we at the library aren't ready to close the book on offering customers the resources they need for summer fun. We have plenty of titles geared toward helping kids and their parents to beat the summer heat. These ought to help keep them busy (and entertained) until those fall school bells finally ring.
If a picture book is what you need, the classic "Clifford Keeps Cool," by Norman Bridwell is a safe bet. Everyone's favorite oversized red dog has quite the time escaping the heat. Read all about his adventures when it comes to chillin' out.
If kids are curious about what's going on in and under the water during their dips in the Atlantic Ocean, then they might want to check out "The Handy Ocean Answer Book" by Thomas E. Svarney and Patricia Barnes-Svarney or John Pernetta's "Guide to the Oceans." Both titles serve as excellent sources on everything sea-related, including ocean plant and animal life and leisure activities associated with seawater.
For those that prefer to relax poolside, Kim Rodomista's "101 Cool Pool Games for Kids" is a great bet. Diving board baseball and underwater rugby will keep any athlete entertained. The book also includes games that can be played out of the water at any pool party.
If swimming isn't your child's thing, maybe fishing is. "Fishing in a Brook" by Lawson Drinkard is a great introductory title. Stressing that fishing is about fun and responsibility, Drinkard covers basic information on both fresh- and saltwater fishing. Simple writing and colorful illustrations teach young readers about different types of rods, reels, hooks and bait.
If a summertime sleepover party is in order, then check out "The Girls' Guide to Campfire Activities" by Elizabeth Encarnacion. Learn how to make a campfire, stock up on ghost stories and get some great s'mores-making tips.
There are those days in the Lowcountry where central air conditioning is a better and safer bet than any outdoor adventure. For those times, check out "The Ultimate Indoor Games Book" by Veronika Alice Gunter. Everything from thumb wrestling to indoor obstacle courses are ready to keep kids busy on a summer day spent safely inside.
For more information on these and other great library materials, go to www.beaufort countylibrary.org. We have new hours at our libraries and our website has all the details. Be sure and pick up a copy of our latest newsletter, The Beacon, and one of our new library hours bookmarks.
Kelly Vadney is circulation manager at the Bluffton Branch of the Beaufort County Public Library, at 120 Palmetto Way.