Adventures await Rim Country boys and girls at their libraries. "Claws and Paws," "Scales and Tales" and "Hanging Out at the Library" are the themes of this summer's free reading programs for children at area libraries.
Children will have puppets to delight their eyes, songs to sing with each other and stories about special animals on Wednesdays or Thursdays at Payson Public Library.
"Children are rewarded for time spent rather than quantity of books read," said MaryLynn Brehens, co-coordinator of the program.
Parents of children who wish to attend the Payson program need to sign their children up, now through June 29, for one of three program times.
Wednesdays, June 21 - July 12, at either 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., or 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; or Thursdays, June 22 - July 13, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Children can also participate just by reading and doing the activities at home.
New activity sheets will be available each week and may be picked up any time during library hours.
The annual awards picnic for all participants will be held Wednesday, July 19, (time is to be announced).
The Payson Public Library is located at 328 N. McLane Rd, phone: (928) 474-9260. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
There are two fun days left of the special program at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library in Pine. Children ages 3 to 13 can participate in a variety of activities from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, June 22: Learn about horses.
Thursday, June 29: Wrap up with a barbecue and games like animal bingo.
Movie Madness starts at 11 a.m. each Thursday in July.
The titles of G- and PG-rated films are to be announced and it is up to the parents to determine if the movie is OK for their children to view.
Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library is located at 6124 W. Randall Place in Pine. Phone: (928) 476-3678. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; and until 7 p.m. Thursday.
"Hanging Out at the Library" is the theme of the summer reading program at Tonto Basin's Public Library.
"It will include stories, games, crafts and teats," said Fran Cain, library director.
Children are invited to join the program that will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays through July 5.
The library is adjacent to the the public school on Old Highway 188. Phone: (928) 479-2355, Hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.