Summer is coming, and the librarians of the Belen Public Library are eager to enroll children and teens in their Summer Reading Program — and prepared to give out lots of prizes.

For Children

Tails and Tales is the theme of this year’s virtual Children’s Summer Reading Program.

The Calf Crafts segment provides craft supplies for animal-themed arts and crafts activities at home. The Tales for Tails segment features Miss Alyissa, a visiting farms and reading to the animals.

Cubs Corner is a special version of Story Time for beginning readers that breaks down the fundamentals of reading. Program participants receive a reading log plus a sticker for every book they read. Small weekly prizes are given to encourage continued reading. The kids who read the most books earn the top prizes.

For Teens

The Teen Summer Reading Program offers a scavenger hunt to help teens learn about resources in the community.

During the first week, teens will receive supplies and create a video tutorial on how to make maze runner key chains, followed by a discussion on the Maze Runner book in a Zoom meeting.

In the second week, teens will receive mugs to decorate with their favorite book quotes. In the third week, they will receive supplies to make dragon eggs. In the fourth week, the teens will write poetry using book titles and will present their poetry in a Zoom meeting.

Weekly small prizes will be given, and grand prizes will be given to Zoom meeting participants who read the most.

The Children’s and Teen programs begin on Monday, July 5. Registration opens on Tuesday, May 18. To register for either, contact Alyissa Aragon, the children’s librarian, at Alyissa.Aragon@belen-nm.gov.

For Adults

Looking for adventure, but hesitant about leaving the house? Join the Adult Summer Reading Program, 50 Books for 50 States, and “travel” to brand new destinations via books. You never know what you will find until you crack open a book and dive in!

The Adult Summer Reading Program is open to anyone aged 19 to 99 and runs from Monday, July 5, to Friday, Aug. 13.

How many states can you journey through in six weeks? The more books you read, the better chance you have of winning some awesome prizes.

Registration begins on Monday, June 14. To register for the Adult Program, call Connie Ridley, circulation manager, at 505-966-2607.

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