Registration begins Monday for the "Fizz, Boom, READ" summer reading program online and at each of the libraries in the Union County Library System including Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg; The Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg; and West End Library, Laurelton.
The goal of the program is to encourage children to continue reading and learning throughout the summer. For each 15 minutes that a child reads or is read to, they get to color, cross out or check off an image. When they have completed 10 hours, they can bring in their paper to their local library for a prize.
This year's theme is about all things science - experiments, robots, nature explorations and more. Special programs for focusing on the theme are planned throughout the summer.
A kick-off celebration will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at the Mifflinburg Community Park featuring a performance by KJ Wagner, along with discovery stations and refreshments.
To explore the theory that kindness is contagious, readers can participate in "The Kind Acts Experiment" to spark a positive reaction within the Union County community. This experiment is designed to motivate, encourage, inform and inspire those living and working within Union County to perform various acts of volunteerism, good deeds, charity, donation, fundraising and overall acts of kindness to fellow individuals, charities and organizations in need.
Stop by the circulation desk of any Union County Library and pick up a copy of a Spark Card (a version for kids and a version for teens and adults are available). Complete five kind acts. On the "Kind Acts Spark Card," color one spark symbol for every kind act that you do and briefly write what the kind acts were on the lines provided.
Connect five boxes in a row either across, up, down or diagonally to complete the "SPARK!" Return the completed form to any Union County Library to receive a free gift while supplies last.
The Kind Acts Experiment will run Monday through Aug. 15.
For more information on the kick-off celebration or summer reading, contact a UCLS library at 570-966-0831 for Herr Memorial Library; at 570-523-1172 for The Public Library for Union County; at 570-922-4773 for West End Library; or visit, www.union countylibrarysystem.com.