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Top 10 Reasons to Participate in our Summer Programs

• Diminish “summer loss.” Studies show all children lose some academic achievement in the summer, but those who read on their academic level throughout the summer will reduce the amount of loss and start the next school year in a better position to continue their learning. Plus each child who reaches their reading goal gets a prize bag.

• Productivity. Parents consistently report that summer is the most difficult time to help children find something productive to do. Reading, crafts, games, and movies will be available this summer at your library.

• Have Fun! One of the most beautiful sounds in the world is your child laughing. You will enjoy this sound a lot at the library this summer.

• Tween Book Club. 10-12 year olds will have their own book club for five weeks this summer.

• Teens Win Prizes. Teens can read for a chance to win a gift card to Books-A-Million. Thanks to Books-A-Million for sponsoring this summer contest.

• Adults Win Prizes. Adults can read for a chance to win one of several prizes. Thanks to Lori’s Midway Floral and the Friends of the Van Alstyne Library for sponsoring these prizes.

• Family Time. Families can have a great time together on six Fridays playing board games and watching movies together.

• Free. All of this is free to you with a library card – which is also free even if you don’t live in Van Alstyne. If you want a Van Alstyne Public Library card just bring us picture identification and proof of your current address and we will give you one. Then start enjoying movies, print books, e-books, audiobooks, and great programming.

• Circus Clown Kelly. On July 1, Howe Community Library invites us to join them for a visit by Kelly the Clown representing Barnum & Bailey’s Circus.

• Dinosaurs. August 1, Dinosaur George Blasing is bringing his “museum in the classroom” exhibits to share with us. You can find out more about this program for all ages at his web site.

Visit our web site for a full schedule and details of the reading contests at

Meanwhile, if you are a fan of Anime then you will want to join us this Friday night (May 30) for Teen Council’s anime convention. The night includes chopsticks class, rice eating contest (gotta use those chopsticks), drawing contest, anime movies, Soul Eater hunt and anime games. Bring your Pokemon games. General admission is free. Concessions available for a small fee.

Hope to see you around the Van Alstyne Public Library.