Summer Reading Program in Clarksville/Montgomery County

Summer is right around the corner which means that it’s time for the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library Annual Summer Reading Program. This year’s campaign combines reading and music and is aptly titled “Libraries Rock”. A seasonal favorite of Chief Knows Ft Campbell Homes, the library program combines a rich line up of events and resources that ae designed to encourage everyone to exercise their mind over the summer break.

According to Jean Nichols, a children’s librarian, children who do not participate in some form of learning activities over the summer experience a learning loss, often referred to as the summer slide. Conversely, children who are exposed to books tend to read more. The benefits of reading include a higher vocabulary, comprehension and fluency skills. In addition, young children who are read to are ready to learn when they begin kindergarten. They benefit from letter name, shape and sound awareness, phonetic awareness and print awareness.

The Summer Reading Program runs from June 11 – July 20th, and is made up of five distinct age groups:

– Tadpoles and Tagalongs for babies through four years of age,
– School Age for ages five years and older,
– Tweens which caters to fourth through sixth graders,
– Teens which features programming for seventh through twelfth grade students
– Adults which offers an array of adult programming options.

In addition to the reading program, The Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library will host free lunch for children who live in the county. The lunch will be available as part of the Summer Reading Program and will be offered Monday – Friday from 11:30am to1:00pm for all children under the age of 18. Children will also receive an activity and a snack. In partnership with Established Hands Ministries, the lunch program has been set up so that children can attend without having a parent of caregiver accompany them. Established Hands Ministries provides aid to children in need and in group day care homes. Their main goal to is ensure that both young children and older adults, the chronically impaired and the disabled have access to nutritious food that contributes to their overall healthy growth, wellness and development.

School aged children can attend the main Summer Reading Program on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10am or 2pm. Participants will enjoy unique performances like Magician Russ Bowack or Super Science Tennessee with M. Rich. Tadpoles and Tagalongs will also offer programs on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30a, and again at 2:00pm and 2:30pm. The Tween program is scheduled for Mondays at 2:00pm and will features activities like the Music Petting Zoo in conjunction with The APSU Music Department. The Teen program will kick off with a Sound Engineering workshop on June 11and will continue on Thursdays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm through July 20th. Tickets for these programs will be available starting one hour before the event.

Children on the autism spectrum will benefit from and enjoy both the Sensory Story Times at 10:30am on June 23, July 7 and July 21and the Sensory Friendly Movie Showings on June 24 and July 22 at 1:30pm.  Limited space is available for these programs so be sure to call the library and reserve your spot. Residents can also take advantage of the Saturday Story Times at 2:00pm every Sunday throughout the Summer Reading Program

Of course, a reading program wouldn’t be complete without a Scholastic Book Fair, where you can discover some new favorites and take home the classics. Running from June 18th – June 22nd the book fair hours will be from 9:00am – 500pm. For those interested in volunteering, please call Jean Nichols or Mary Smith at 648-8826, ext. 21426.

The mission of the Clarksville-Montgomery Public Library is to “champion learning and reading, ignite imaginations, and deliver access to information and ideas. “. The Summer Reading Program is designed with those goals in mind. To register for Summer Reading, please visit https://mcgtn.org/library or call 931-648-8826.  A complete programming schedule can be found on the library Facebook page or on their website.