Now that schools are closed and children are looking for a summer adventure, they can tour the world through the many varieties of books at the Dimmick Memorial Library's Summer Reading Program.

The Dimmick Memorial Library's Summer Reading Program begins on Wednesday, June 20, and excepting for July 4, continues each Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. until August 15.

"The Summer Reading Program is where the children of the community can have a place to come each week, read and get together with friends," said program coordinator Janet Hydro. "We're going to read books, have a discussion with anyone who wants to discuss the book. We will have paper and art supplies available if someone wants to draw a picture about a story."

All ages are welcome, although the stories are aimed at elementary schools students. Parents and teenagers are invited to read to the children. The program typically attracts 10 to 20 children with their parents.

"Studies show that kids who read over the summer maintain their reading skills developed during the school year," said coordinator Janet Hydro. "The summer-long reading campaign is designed to motivate all children to read more so they maintain and improve their academic skills."

Janet Hydro, a mother of a 10-year-old son and six-year-old daughter, noted, "We have been coming to the library forever, and we love it here. The kids have been coming to the library program for years and have made lifelong friends doing it."

"It's wonderful to have access to these books, to come to this beautiful historic building, and meet with librarians who have always been so kind and gracious," she said. "My children are both very good readers, I think because of the reading program."

The summer reading program begins on Wednesday, June 20, and for that program Hydro will read Caldecott Medal winning books. The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Hydro has selected three books: The Biggest Bear, One Fine Day, and The Hello, Goodbye Window, a story of a little girl who loves spending time looking out the "Hello, Goodbye Window" at her grandparent's house.

The Summer Reading Program will host four special events:

July 11: Yoga with Maya. Maya Kowalcyk, RYT will help children improve concentration and focus, stimulate their imaginations and release energy in a fun, safe environment.

July 18: Music Together® with Rachel. Rachel DeMicco will help you support your child's musical growth, become a great playmate, dance partner and back-up singer!

July 25: Super Science. Cathy Seachrist will be presenting Pop, Plop, Zing! "We'll start with some magic and need the help of a volunteer to fix our silly mistakes. From there, we create flowing fog, pop a cork off the top of a flask, and make metal sing. We will explore the three states of matter and meet Atom. At the end of the show, a few brave volunteers will ride on a Hover Craft.

August 8: Nutrition!!! Michelle Varley introduces children too Optimal Health the Natural Organic Way.

"We are always excited about the summing reading program," said Charlotte Kriley, a staff member at the Dimmick. "We get more of a variety of children. During the school year, we just have the little ones. During the summer, the older children are out from school, and even though they may not seem so enthused about coming to a reading program, they are."

The Dimmick Memorial Library is located at 54 Broadway in Jim Thorpe. For information call 570-325-2131, or visit: www.dimmicklibrary.org.