Summer reading programs begin at the Walla Walla Public Library

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With adults milling busily about behind her, a young girl reaches for a book to thumb through in a window world of her own at the Walla Walla Public Library. Children's author Suzanne Williams was at the library today as part of the Terrific Tuesday program that runs throughout the summer. Next Terrific Tuesday (July 28) will be "Maskerade" where stories are told wearing masks and participants will be allowed to make their own masks and share their own stories. July 21, 2009

The city pool won't be the only place children can make a splash this summer. The Walla Walla Public Library is kicking off its annual summer programs that incorporate reading with indoor and outdoor fun.

The Make a Splash READ! summer reading program gives children a chance to set daily reading goals and earn a prize after at least 30 days of reading, starting July 26 and running through Sept. 25.

There's also no need to be an advanced reader, or a reader at all. The program is open to children birth to 18 years of age. Infants, toddlers and preschoolers can take part as long as having stories read to them for a set time is a part of their routine.

Children and families can sign up at the library, 238 E. Alder St., or online at wallawallapubliclibrary.org.

The summer also brings back the library's yearly Terrific Tuesday programming with educational and fun activities geared for youngsters. Wednesday evenings will be a family affair, as Family Wednesdays bring music, magic, and reading through fun mediums this summer. And the library's weekly story times will include special programing on Fridays.

The summer fun wraps up with an Early Learning Fair, themed The Very Hungry Caterpillar, on Aug. 14. The annual fair runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will feature stories, activities and parenting resources. Each family in attendance gets to take home a free book.

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