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Cabell library, branches hosting summer programs

May. 26, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Cabell County Public Library will host several summer reading programs at the main library in downtown Huntington and the branch locations through the county.

This summer's theme, Dig into Reading, is about the wonders under our feet -- root vegetables, buried treasure, dinosaur bones, animals, caves, rocks and more. It is also about digging into our West Virginia heritage with programs celebrating 150 years of statehood. The 2013 summer reading program is open to young people -- infants through young adults -- with fun reading camps, storytimes, craft workshops, prize drawings, a reading club and special events. All of the programs are free and open to children of all abilities.

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS: For children in third through eighth grade, held at all library locations. Children are divided into teams that are responsible for reading 10 books from a pre-selected list. Teams meet once a week to practice for the grand tournament, which will be held at the main library at the end of July. The list of books is available online at www.cabell.lib.wv.us.

THE GOOD ZOO AT OGLEBAY PARK: Educators from the Good Zoo, located in Wheeling, W.Va., will bring animals on Tuesday, July 9. The presenters will highlight adaptations that help these animals survive in underground environments and present fascinating facts about each species. The schedule includes: 11 a.m. at the Milton Library, 2 p.m. at the Barboursville Librar, 4 p.m. at the Gallaher Library and 6 p.m. at the main library.

WEST VIRGINIA CELEBRATION: To commemorate West Virginia's sesquicentennial, artist Michael Albert will do a modern pop art presentation based on his book, "An Artist's America," followed by a cereal box collage workshop. Cereal boxes will be supplied, but patrons are encouraged to bring in additional boxes. All participants will receive a free art gift from the artist. Two programs on Friday, June 21, include: 10 a.m. at the Salt Rock library and 2 p.m. at the main library.

GARDENING: Dig into Gardening will be presented by WVU Extension Serivce respresentative Rich Sherman, who will teach children about vegetable gardening with hands-on activities. Cups, soil and seeds will be supplied. The schedule includes: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, at Salt Rock; 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, at the main library; 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 6, at Cox Landing; and 10 a.m. Friday, June 7, at West Huntington.

STORYTELLING: Actor's for Children's Theatre presents "Soothy the Storyteller." Sarah Diamond Burroway, the president of Actor's for Children's Theatre, will dig through the Mountain State's most remote hollows to bring its haunting, hushed-voice myths and legends to life. The schedule includes: 10 a.m. at the main library and 1 p.m. at Guyandotte on Monday, July 1; 10 a.m. at Cox Landing and 2 p.m. at Milton on Tuesday, July 2; 10:30 a.m. at Barboursville and 1:30 p.m. at Salt Rock on Wednesday, July 10; and 10:30 a.m. at West Huntington and 1:30 p.m. at Gallaher on Thursday, July 11.

FOSSILS: Digging up bones and fossils with Marshall University professor Robin O'Keefe. An interactive and exciting program with bones, plaster, pictures and fossils. O'Keefe will answer such questions about how fossils are made and the dinosaurs that once roamed the earth. The schedule includes: 2 p.m. Monday, July 15, at West Huntington; 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at Milton; and 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Gallaher.

LEGO: Fun with LEGO with Linda Hamilton from Marshall University and the Nick J. Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute, The schedule includes: 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, at West Huntington; 10 a.m. at the main library and 1:30 p.m. at Gallaher on Thursday, July 11; 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 12, at Barboursville; 10 a.m. at Cox Landing and 1 p.m. at Guyandotte on Thursday, July 18; and 10 a.m. at Milton and 1:30 p.m. at Salt Rock on Friday, July 19.

HUMOR AND STORIES: Greg Goode will present an archeology program at 10:30 a.m. at Cox Landing and 2 p.m. in Milton on Monday, June 10; 10 a.m. at the main library and 1:30 p.m. at West Huntington on Tuesday, June 11; 10:30 a.m. at Barboursville and 1:30 p.m. at Salt Rock on Thursday, June 13; and 10:30 a.m. at Gallaher and 1 p.m. in Guyandotte on Thursday, June 20.

ART: Drawing myths and monsters from West Virginia with art teacher J.B. Bond. The schedule includes: 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, in Milton; 10:30 a.m. at Salt Rock and 1:30 p.m. at West Huntington on Tuesdsay, June 23; and 11:15 a.m. at Barboursville and 1 p.m. in Guyandotte on Monday, June 24.

STORIES: Stacy Bond, who works in young adult services at the library, will conduct a stoytime that includes of games and music about some favorite cats and dogs. The schedule includes: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Guyandotte; 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, at Barboursville; 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Salt Rock; 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Cox Landing; 10 a.m. Thursday, June 27, at Gallaher; and 10 a.m. Friday, July 5, at West Huntington.

TANZANIA: Marshall University nursing major Taylor Pitkin will share her study abroad experience in Tanzania, Africa, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at the main library.

FEEDING: Five library locations will serve as locations for free lunches through the Cabell County Board of Education's summer feeding program, which is available to any child 18 and under. Lunches will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting Monday, June 17, and ending on Thursday, July 25, at the main library, Cox Landing, Gallaher, Guyandotte and West Huntington. Adult lunches are available for $4.