This year's summer reading program at the Quarryville Library, 357 Buck Rd., takes its theme from the approaching 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing.
The 'We Have Liftoff' theme was developed by a national library organization, said youth services coordinator Sharon Roche.
This year's program will kick off with three events at the library on Saturday, June 1.
At 10 a.m., there will be a presentation about the Hubble Telescope, its history, and its future. The program will include 30 or more of the best photographs taken by the telescope. Registration is suggested.
At 11 a.m., there will be a crafts event for children. Reading logs will be available for the summer.
At 11:30 a.m., participants can build a space structure with Strawbees building toys. The toys promote problem-solving skills and help children learn through hands-on activities.
While the program's theme is national, the implementation is local. "Each library will do it's own thing," she said. "We will have some major presenters throughout the summer."
The program is designed to keep children from losing their reading skills while on summer vacation and to get them excited about reading.
At Quarryville, the program includes participating in a countywide promotion that rewards readers through the age of 19. There are four age groups, each with its own requirements and rewards.
The youngest, up to age four, requires someone to read 15 books aloud to a child. The requirements also include 10 activities that foster reading.
The junior level is for readers age five through nine. Children in that group should read 36 books, reading for 20 minutes at a time. They can substitute some activities for a portion of the reading requirement. Parents or others can help these participants complete the work. Rewards for this age group include a free ticket to Dutch Wonderland for the child and discount tickets for those accompanying the reader.
"This is the level where the kids really start getting excited about reading," Roche said.
There is also a summer fitness challenge.
Separate from the reading program, it requires students to visit parks, trails, or nature preserves.
Those who visit five get a medal; those who visit 10 also receive a gift card.
Tween readers, those between the ages of 10 and 12, should read 30 minutes at a time for a total of 20 hours.
Readers who are 13 to 19 years old must read for 28 hours to complete the program.
There is no list of specific books to be read.
'They can read anything they want, even their summer reading lists from school," Roche said.
Participants at each level must complete logs of their readings and return the logs to the library for their prizes. The children must be present when the logs are turned in.
June 8 is the first day logs can be turned in. The final day to turn in reading logs is August 10.
Last year's program attracted about 1,200 kids .
"We would like to meet or exceed that number this year," Roche said.