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ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- The St. Lucie County Library System kicks off is Summer Reading Extravaganza June 17 with a variety of events from weekly story hours to live performances to the Summer Reading Challenge.
Students ages 5 - 8 can enjoy weekly storytimes on Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. at the Lakewood Park Branch Library, located at 7605 Santa Barbara Drive in Fort Pierce; Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at the Fort Pierce Branch Library, located at 101 Melody Lane; Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Morningside Branch Library located at 2410 SE Morningside Blvd. in Port St. Lucie; Fridays at 10 a.m. at the Fort Pierce Branch Library and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Morningside Branch Library.
Additionally, individual branches will have special programs including movies and game days. The Zora Neale Hurston Branch Library, located at 3008 Avenue D in Fort Pierce, will also be bringing back the canine reading tutors Paws to Read on Tuesdays.
A highlight of the Summer Reading Extravaganza includes live entertainers at four different branch libraries starting June 19. Featuring costumed characters, music, puppets and more, children will learn about the importance of reading at these free events. These performances take place on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at the Morningside Branch, 2 p.m. at the Fort Pierce Branch/Riverwalk Center; Thursdays at 10 a.m. at the Lakewood Park Branch and at 2 p.m. at the Hurston Branch. Note that the Fort Pierce branch performances are held at the Riverwalk Center, located at 600 North Indian River Drive in Fort Pierce. Designed for students in kindergarten through sixth grade, all of these programs are free. Parents are encouraged to arrive early as the seating in each room is limited and past events have filled up.
June 19 and 20 - Storyteller Mrs. Kate: Using puppetry, unusual instruments and riveting storytelling, Mrs. Kate provides one hour of family-friendly educational fun.
June 26 and 27 - Duck in a Truck Puppets: Professor O and Speaker the Wonder Dog teach us about dinosaurs, archaeology and paleontology.
July 10 and 11 - Suzy Hammer as "Geo Jane:" Geo Jane takes children on a geological adventure full of magic, comedy and audience participation.
July 17 and 18 - Orisirsi African Folklore: Meet Aja Ati Ljapa (Dog and Turtle), the three birds and the Hen, the Wolf and the three Kids, and more unforgettable characters in tales that none will soon forget.
July 24 and 25 - Geddy the Gecko. Can you feel the beat? It's a non-stop party: "Can You Dig It?" Dig into reading with Geddy the Gecko, lizard mascot.
Beginning the week of June 17, students in kindergarten through eighth grade can take part in the St. Lucie County Summer Reading Challenge, where they will earn prizes for tracking their daily reading habitats.
The 2013 Summer Reading Extravaganza has been enhanced by the generosity of the Friends of the St. Lucie County Library Association.
For more information, visit www.library.stlucieco.gov.