GALVESTON — Rosenberg Library is taking on reading and science in a big way with its Summer Reading Club theme “Fizz, Boom, Read!”

Through programming and the reading club, children can explore the world around them from the convenience of the library.

The “Fizz, Boom, Read!” theme complements the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curriculum many schools have adopted.

Creative art programs focusing on studio art, drama and music also play a big role the library’s summer programming.

“The Summer Reading Club offers a full array of programs for all ages and stages — the best summer yet,” said Karen Stanley, head of children’s services at the library.

The children’s department encourages babies through seventh-graders to join the free Summer Reading Club and earn fun prizes.

Children can read or listen to any book or magazine they want anywhere they choose. Register, keep track of reading, write reviews and receive prize notifications via computers in the children’s department or any other computer with Internet access.

“Giving children the chance to read what they want gives them the opportunity to view reading as an enjoyable activity and helps them maintain or advance their reading level,” children’s librarian Barbara Arnold said.

Children and their families are encouraged to come to the programs but attendance is not required to be a Summer Reading Club member.

Singer and guitarist Eric Herman launches the busy programming season with “Cool Tunes for Kids” on May 31, an enjoyable concert for the whole family.

The Summer Reading Club officially kicks off with a swim party for children and their families 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 5 at Palm Beach at Moody Gardens, 7 Hope Blvd., in Galveston.

Everyone in the family gets in free for the event.

Story Fair

Children in day cares, summer camps, schools and group settings of five or more and their adult leaders can enjoy many of the same quality programs by coming to Story Fair.

A brochure of activities is available and preregistration is required at 409-763-8854, Ext. 135. Groups cannot be accommodated at regularly scheduled programs.

Summer reading Club ends Aug. 15. For a complete list of summer events pick up a brochure at the library or download from the library’s website. Children’s Department hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

At a glance

WHAT: Rosenberg Library’s Summer Reading Club

WHEN: Online registration opens on May 27; club ends Aug. 15

WHERE: Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy, in Galveston

WHO: Babies through rising seventh-graders

COST: Free

CALL: 409-763-8854, Ext. 135

Entire family

  • Drop-in Fridays: June 6 through Aug. 8, rotating art studio, LEGO brick yard, and gaming;
  • Family Fun: June 11 through July 16, featuring good books, fun stories, movement and puppets;
  • Garden of Books: June 25, presented by Lisa Jastram, Oasis for Children;
  • Harriet Tubman Encounter: June 21, re-enactment by actress Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux;
  • Magician John O’Bryant: June 23;
  • Puppeteer Nitsana Lazerus: July 9;
  • Texas Snakes: July 12;
  • Bugs on Wheels: July 23, Houston Museum of Natural Science; and
  • Little Red: Aug. 2, live stage performance by Express Theatre of Houston.

Preschoolers, family

  • Toddler Time: June 11 through July 16, developed for one toddler to attend with one adult;
  • Story time: June 11 through July 16;
  • Mother Goose on the Loose: June 18, Lisa Jastram, Oasis for Children;
  • Pet Care & Safety around Dogs: July 30, Galveston Island Humane Society; and
  • Babies Need Books: June 13-14, for new and expectant parents — babies are welcome.

5- to 12-year olds

  • Wild Things Zoofari: June 12;
  • Science on Stage: June 19, Houston Museum of Natural Science;
  • R U Curious?: June 26 and July 10-31;
  • Legend of King Arthur: July 3, Hampstead Stage Company followed by an acting workshop Cursive Writing Workshop, July 7-10 and July 14-17;
  • Paleontologist Dinosaur George: July 21;
  • Animals Rock: Aug. 7, singing zoologist Lucas Miller;
  • Chemistry Road Show: Aug. 15, Texas A&M University, College Station; and
  • Bluebonnet Book Party: June 10, 17 and 24 and July 15, 22 and 29, rising third- through sixth-graders only.

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