Superheroes Read At Payson Public Library

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Activities at the Payson Public Library are focused on "tweens" and teens all summer long.

June's featured event is "Superheroes Capture the Imagination," open to youth ages three through 18.

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The Payson Public Library's summer reading program for children will feature the theme of "Superheroes" this year. There will be lots of books to read about all kinds of Superheroes -- real and pretend -- plus a series of movies based on superhero characters will also be presented.

"I would like to see more teens in the library, rather than at home whining, there is nothing to do," said children's event coordinator Harryette Stanley.

Each week in June readers in two separate age categories (3 to 12 and 8 to 18) will have the opportunity to read books, play games and earn prizes such as fun toys, puzzles, books, superhero figurines, backpacks and lunch boxes.

Youths that attend all four weeks will get to choose a special secret prize at the end of the fourth week.

Younger children will make puppets; all may create superhero identities and draw them if they wish.

"We want them to get creative and use their imaginations," said Stanley.

There will even be a superhero obstacle course the third or fourth week.

On Saturdays in June the library will host a matinee movie at 2 p.m. with films featuring Superheroes. Those in attendance will get to pick the movie.

Superheroes Capture the Imagination culminates with a picnic July 3.

Registration for Superheroes Capture the Imagination is from May 21 through June 5.

Options for enrollment in the approximately hour-long programs are:

Ages 3 to 12 -- 10 a.m. or 1 p.m., Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19 and 26;

Ages 8 to 18 -- 4 p.m., Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19 and 26.

The library's focus in July is a nature hike through Rumsey Park.

Youth, ages 4 through 18, will be able to choose their own adventure hike at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 28.

Stanley is getting local clubs in the community involved to help youth discover and learn about rocks, trees, flowers, birds and safe camping tips.

"There will be animal tracks for children to follow and a fun scavenger hunt," Stanley said.

Fans of Rider Eragon and his dragon companion Saphira can mark their calendars for Saturday, Aug. 18 for fun and games at the library.

Dragon riders should plan to be at the library at 2 p.m. to engage in contests related to the books by Christopher Paolini, "Eragon" and "Eldest."

"This event is open to ages 10- to 18-years-old," Stanley said.

As the third novel in the Inheritance Trilogy should be on bookshelves sometime in the fall, Stanley expects a lively discussion of the continuing plot.

Will the Varden face a second attack from Galbatorix's army? Will the dragon race be saved? Who will the third hatchling choose for his rider?

Join the speculation, wear a costume (if you like) and find out, Stanley and the staff of Payson Public Library invite.

Library hours

Payson Public Library

328 N. McLane Road

(928) 474-9260

9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday

9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday

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