Summer Program All About Pets

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Young people can learn all about their pets during the library's annual summer reading program.

The Payson Public Library's summer children's program will focus on pets this year. The theme is "Pets are Friends for Life."

The program begins July 1, with registration starting June 26.

Assistant Library Director Margaret Jesus said the registration will remain open. The program is aimed at children from the age of four through the fifth grade, she said, but older children are welcome as well.

Wednesday is the day planned for activities, including talks about pets, both common and uncommon, the kind of pets children in other countries have, and more. However, it is not necessary to attend a Wednesday presentation to participate in the craft and other activities. Jesus said she will have the supplies and instructions, puzzles and mazes available for young people or their parents to collect and take home. To take the materials home, they must be registered, she said.

The summer reading program is not designed to teach youngsters to read, rather it is to promote reading throughout the summer, so children do not let their skills get rusty.

The participants, even the young children, who cannot read, will keep track of the time they spend with books, either reading, being read to or, in the case of the non-readers, looking at pictures in books. There will be prizes awarded for reading times, but not on a competitive level, as in the "most time spent reading."

Another part of the program involves turning in bookmarks for prizes.

Since the theme of the program is pets, there will be some partnering with the Payson Humane Society to tell youngsters about the best way to care for their pets.

The program is flexible and free.

Jesus said the entire library staff works on the program and there is also a great deal of support from the community, with churches, clubs and businesses providing prizes for the youngsters and donating materials.

Stop by the Payson Public Library in Rumsey Park for more details.

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