The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, has scheduled summer programs for children.

Both reading programs are going strong. Story time for 3-5 year olds is being held at 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Aug 22. Kerry Dowd of WMGH, Barney Sheridan of Kelly's Pub and Dave Midas of the County Sheriff's Department have all participated in the programs.

To enroll in the Story Time programs or Summer Reading Club, call the library at (570) 645-3780.

Preschool story time

These local people will be reading to children at preschool Story Times: Mary Yurick, a retired nurse will read on July 12; Lansford Police Officer Chris Ondrus will read on July 19; and Lansford Borough Mayor and Assistant Fire Chief Ron Hood will read on July 26.

Story Time ends on July 28 with a party at 11 a.m. at Lansford's community swimming pool.

Summer Reading Club

For children in grades K-5 who are participating in "Get a Clue at Your Library," Summer Reading Club is held at 11 a.m. Thursdays through July 29.

State Rep. Doyle Heffley will read on July 14, and Sen. John Yudichak will read on July 21.

Summer Reading Club will begin at 10 a.m. (July 21 only) and Emmett McCall, Carbon County Recorder of Deeds, will read.

The Summer Reading Club Graduation Party will be held July 28 at the Lansford community swimming pool.

Harry Potter's birthday

On Saturday, July 30 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, the library will host a Harry Potter birthday party. The event will include readings, games and cake for Harry Potter fans of all ages. Please call (570) 645-3780 to register.

Book discussion set

Anyone wanting to participate in a book discussion on the No. 1 New York Times Bestseller "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett should visit the library at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23. Coffee and cake will be provided as readers discuss this thought-provoking novel. "The Help" debuts as a movie in August, and the library is planning a movie night for anyone who participates in the book group. Please call (570) 645-3780 to be put on the book club list.

Donations and help are appreciated

The library appreciates the donations of snacks and drinks from area churches, including St. Joseph's, St Ann's, St. Katharine's and Trinity Lutheran churches, as well as library volunteer Shirley Dodson.

Area churches are still welcome to provide a snack by calling (570) 645-3780 to make arrangements.

Volunteers Evelyn Babish, Betty Dickman, Kara Krajnak, Pat Ladick, Nancy Meitzler, Dawn Neyer and Sarah-Mary Tucker have helped greatly in running the program.