Palmerton Area Library has officially opened its pages to an exciting Summer Reading Program.

Its first chapter started with meeting Rufus and Mathilda, two white mice puppets (puppeteer Elizabeth Anthony) that interacted with reader volunteer, Connie Reinhart. She read two books to several kindergartners and first graders. One was "The Tide" by Nik Pollard and the other was Eric Carle's "Mister Seahorse." Afterwards, the children made a seahorse out of construction and tissue paper.

Upstairs in the gallery, older children were enthralled with meeting Cathy Seacrest who entertained and conducted scientific experiments, often including volunteers from the group.

In one experiment, she had volunteer Amanda Ahner add baking soda, cranberries and vinegar to a half-filled glass of water. The kids loved it when the vinegar was added and the water fizzed and foamed and overflowed, teaching them about chemical reactions of a base (water and baking soda) with an acid (vinegar.)

In another experiment, she was assisted by Zachary Brotzman involving a roll of toilet paper and a leaf-blowing machine to demonstrate how fast moving air creates low pressure.

Seacrest, from Super Science & Amazing Art, whose motto is "It's fun for your whole brain," gave the children an example of the kinds of things they could participate in if they signed up for Day Camp at the library during the weeks of July 12-16 and July 19-23.

Week 1 will be devoted to Super Science-Inventors Workshop and Week 2 will be Amazing Art-Creative Minds of Music.

If you would like to learn more about the library's Summer Reading Program which will be held every Friday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. to the end of July or about the Super Science & Amazing Art Day Camps, call the library at 610-826-3424 for more page-turning adventures.