Tyler Public Library kicks off Summer Reading Club

Monday, June 13, 2011 - 7:24pm


Tyler Public Library will kick off the 2011 Summer Reading Club, Wednesday, June 15, with a visit from Keith Graves, official illustrator for the 2011 Texas State Library Texas Reading Program. At both the 1:30 and 3 p.m. sessions, Graves will read from his books, talk about his work, answer questions and involve the audience in a drawing game and demonstration.

Graves is the award-winning author and illustrator of many hilarious picture books for children. His titles include Chicken Big, Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance, Three Nasty Gnarlies, Pet Boy, Loretta Ace Pinky Scout, Desert Rose and Her Highfalutin Hog. He also illustrated many books for other authors, including Moo Who, and Too Many Frogs.

Throughout the summer, kids, teens and adults can “Dig up a Good Book!” at Tyler Public Library. The adventure officially begins on Monday, June 13, bringing Tyler a summer of exciting events like story hours, children’s crafts, kid-friendly movies and lively family entertainers. All activities are free and open to the public.

On Friday, June 17, magician Gerald Edmundson, described by the Fort Worth Star Telegram as, "one of the top sleight-of-hand experts in the world. . . a phenomenal artist. . . a sleight-of-hand virtuoso", appears at the Library, at 1:30 and again at 3 p.m.

“We’ve brought Gerald to the Library several times in the past few years, and his show is always a favorite with families and kids,” said Evelyn McLane, programming associate for the Library. “He is quite simply a master illusionist.”

Edmundson is an award-winning magician who has many published works on the art of sleight-of-hand, including the highly acclaimed book; "The Ostrich Factor." He has served as president of a number of regional, national and international professional associations and was awarded the highly prized Linking Ring Trophy--"the Academy Award of Magic"--by The International Brotherhood of Magicians for his creative contributions to the art.
Other activities at the Library this week include Fables and Films—45 minutes of picture books, stories and age-appropriate short films for young children and preschoolers. The story hours begin at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 14, 15 and 16.

On Thursday, June 16, at 1:30 and again at 3 p.m., is ArtsBooksCrafts—a hands-on experience for children who will go “digging” this week with Smith County Master Gardeners. Fables and Films and ArtsBooksCrafts both continue weekly throughout June and July.

Using time logs available at the Library and online, children, teens and adults track the hours they spend reading in June and July. After logging 20 hours, readers turn in completed time logs to the Library Information Desk and pick a free book from the Dig up a Good Book Cart. Children who are not reading independently may still participate by being read to for 20 hours.

Groups, summer camps and childcare facilities are welcome to attend events but must register by contacting the Library. Families and individuals do not need to register for any events except ArtsBooksCrafts, for which there is a 50-child maximum.

All summer programs take place in Taylor Auditorium at the Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College in downtown Tyler. Texas Reading Program is made possible through the Friends of the Tyler Public Library, with additional support from Target.

For more information, call the Library at (903) 593-7323 or check out the Summer Reading Club page online at www.tylerlibrary.com



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