ABINGDON – John Mosser’s Summer Reading Program will come to Abingdon at 106 W. Meek Street. The launch party begins on Tuesday, June 7. According to children’s librarian Michelle Dunbar, the program includes stories and crafts every Tuesday at 11:15 a.m. and Fridays at 3:30 p.m.
This program has been in place since at least 1972. Dunbar, who was a children’s librarian for nearly six years, is now running the reading program for the fifth year.
“It is my job to select, purchase and catalog all books, DVDs and kits available at checkout in the youth department as well as plan all children’s programs,” Dunbar said. “Wednesdays are ‘Double Book Buck Day’ where kids can earn extra books by reading in the library and reading to our library pug, Dory,” Dunbar said.
The Dory library pug was an idea brought to John Mosser by Dunbar.
“Four years ago I convinced everyone that bringing in a library pug was a good idea and Dory has been the department’s biggest attraction ever since,” she said.
The program is open to all children through eighth grade, regardless of where they live.
“Our program aims to introduce children to a love of reading through engaging books and craft projects. Our theme this year is ‘Reading Beyond the Box’ where we will read books and make camping themed crafts.During our program kids will track how many pages they read and these pages will become ‘Book Bucks’ which can be used to win prizes in our ‘General Store’. Children also have the opportunity to win prizes through weekly raffles and at our launch and wrap-up parties which were generously donated by our local businesses,” Dunbar said.
The last closing party will be at 4 p.m. on July 20.
The John Mosser Public Library is open Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children who wish to obtain a new library card can bring their parents/guardians with them to complete an application card.